Yesterday news broke that Emma Stone had signed on to star in a new romantic comedy by Cameron Crowe, currently titled but hopefully soon-to-be re-titled, Deep Tiki. Not much was said about the movie except for the fact that many think it’s the same movie he tried to get off of the ground years ago with Reese Witherspoon and Ben Stiller.
I am conflicted with this news. On the one hand: when Cameron Crowe is good (or was) he’s better than the rest. Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire and Say Anything are all big favourites of mine and other film fans, of course. On the other hand: When Cameron Crowe is bad, he’s awful. Elizabethtown, We Bought A Zoo and Vanilla Sky are just excrutiating. Did you watch We Bought A Zoo? Of course you didnt, no one did. I watched it on a plane recently and while I’ll admit I shed some tears, it’s not a good movie. It’s actually kind of painful at how obvious it wants to be everything a holiday family themed movie aims for. SPOILER ALERT: If you’re looking to cry during a movie about dying animals, watch Marley & Me, which is straight to the point and knows exactly what type of movie it is. Matt Damon is great as always, Ella Fanning is exhausting and Scarlett Johansson continues to have no purpose.
So with all of that in front of me, you can see why I’m conflicted by this career decision of hers. Emma Stone is without a doubt the #1 young actress in Hollywood right now, with Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart and Anne Hathaway right behind her. Emma Stone has made smart decision after smart decision after smart decision in her career so far (the way she stood out of the limelight during the The Help‘s entire run was something other people should study). She’s won over critics and audiences alike, you get the point! But here, here I see a fumble. And I see a fumble with Gangster Squad, a film that smells too much like the remake of All The Kings Men, which was a giant flop in case you forgot.
Unless…unless she sees something in the script. Unless we’re missing something and that something is an Oscar nomination. Because that’s what is next, right? If you’re her team, that’s your end goal right now. You’ve done the romcom, you’ve done the drama, you’ve done Zombieland, you’ve done the cameo, you’ve done it all right but now it’s time to take it to the big leagues. Ya, it’s a romantic comedy and they get overlooked or don’t often turn out Oscar-type performances but Cameron Crowe helped Cuba Good Jr. win one and Kate Hudson deliver the only good performance of her career. She sees something, right? I hope so.