Thursday, 9:05 am: Enroute to a screening of <em>Mary, Queen of Scots</em>. Can’t seem to connect MacBook Pro to iPhone internet, but I was half-taken by the trailer for Disney’s live-action <em>Dumbo<em>. The problem is that while I bought a flying baby elephant in the animated Disney original, I can’t accept it in a live-action context. I appreciate the effort, but something inside me says “nope.”
The forthcoming Ben Wheatley adaptation of Daphne duMaurier’s <em>Rebecca</em>, for all intents and purposes a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 Oscar winner, can’t possibly blend with contemporary mindsets. The patronizing old-school sexism and chauvinism that Joan Fontaine’s character was subjected to (and was so intimidated by) will seem ludicrous by today’s standards. And Armie Hammer as Maxim de Winter, which will be processed alongside the original performance by Laurence Olivier? Beaten before the attempt is even made.