Via EW staffer Anthony Breznican’s great awards season column “Prize Fighting,” Sorkin has shared some thoughts about the new Gus Van Sant drama starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski.
Sorkin suggests that the December 28-January 4 release is no more about fracking than Jaws was about fishing. Instead, he writes, the screenplay – written by the film’s nauseatingly talented two stars – is anchored to a nifty narrative chassis:
Promised Land is so deft in its storytelling that it manages to dramatize one of the more compelling ANTI-environmental messages you’re likely to see. Forget you just read the words “environmental” and “messages” — you’ll be completely taken in by the con game, the humor, the stakes, the absence of easy answers and the typically detailed, subtle and charismatic performances…
Memo to Focus Features. If the good folks in your marketing department have not already done so, immediately replace the film critic blurbs in Promised Land ads with Sorkin.