Paradise directed by Diablo Cody is an upcoming comedy film starring Julianne Hough, Russell Brand and Octavia Spencer. This new film is about a 21-year-old woman, Lamb Mannerhelm (Hough) who survived a plane crash and is on her way to Las Vegas. She is determined to live her life and experience the things she’s been missing out like meeting new friends and exploring things she haven’t tried before. Paradise is also known as Lamb of God and will offer laughter and realization to audiences. Check out the latest news for this film below:
“The Cast of Diablo Cody’s Directional Debut: Paradise
Diablo Cody isn’t for everyone. She has a voice of her own, and because of that, her films can be polarizing. Cody is a writer with plenty of strengths, and her last film, Young Adult, showed them off to their fullest. That’s her most honest, funny, and often brutal work to date. However, it left certain people cold, and her directorial debut, Paradise, may have that effect for a different (and more disappointing) reason.
With her first bat behind camera Cody takes on a new kind of character: a Montana girl who is vanilla by most standards. Lamb (Julianne Hough) has been sheltered for all her life from what the real world has to offer, and while she was the popular Catholic girl that dedicated her life to God growing up she was left scarred by a plane crash. Her faith is shaken, and in response she attempts to live life to the fullest by committing a series of “sins” in Las Vegas. She wants to act like a “regular American,” indulging in characters traits Cody’s previous protagonists would’ve poked fun at.
Because of its lead character, Paradise isn’t a movie with a whole lot of irony. Cody set out to make a sweet movie that doesn’t gloss over serious problems, while also retaining a sense of optimism. It is called “Paradise” for a reason and, yes, the movie does have one of those lines with the title in it that gives you a big ‘ol nudge. The reason why that optimistic outlook doesn’t register is because of the unfocused eyes we experience it through. Despite having racked up a string of compelling protagonists, Lamb is Cody’s most muddled character to date. She never quite finds a consistent way to portray her. In certain scenes she’ll act oblivious, while in others, such as her clever banter with the friendly bartender William (Russell Brand) and a singer named Loray (Octavia Spencer), who take her out for a night in Vegas, she displays quick wit. It’s jarring, because Lamb’s tone will change at the drop of that hat.
The movie does an extraneous amount of telling, but those shifts in voice are never clear. Lamb’s voiceover spells out an awful lot of information, almost bafflingly so at times for pivotal scenes. At one point Lamb describes how a shower is the worst part of her day. Considering this is a movie, why not show that? Hough is a good enough actor to sell it, so it’s either Cody not trusting the actress’ ability or her own behind the camera.”
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Paradise is going to have a limited screening on October 18th 2013.
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