I’m sure we’ve all done something for money that we regret. Luckily for us normals, whatever it was is probably safely filed away somewhere in the back of our minds under “Let’s Never Speak Of This Again”. Unluckily for academy award winning actress Brie Larson, her questionable transaction is about to be released in theaters and On Demand tomorrow.
Back in 2013, well before she won her Oscar for Room, even before she was on anybody’s radar with Short Term 12, Brie made a “Bollywood” musical called Basmati Blues about a scientist named Linda who develops a super strain of rice and gets sent to India by her evil corporate boss (who is named Gurgon (!), played by Donald Sutherland) for… well for reasons. After sitting on the shelf for 5 years, Brie probably thought she was in the clear but then here comes 2018 like “surprise, bitch!”.
Here’s the trailer!
My hot take: Why is Scott Bakula eating a plate of ketchup with a fork? Here’s what the critics had to say.
The Hollywood Reporter was blunt:
AV Club was more forgiving:
A lot of Basmati Blues rests on its musical numbers, and technically speaking, they are not very good.
He’s [director Dan Baron] made a movie that literally opens on outer space before an epic but cheap-looking zoom that eventually lands on the film’s title carved in a grain of CG rice in an ugly font. In other words, this is an unfortunate combination of hubris and relatively little money or taste.
Font shaming, now that’s a low blow. I don’t give a fig what those critics say! I will watch any musical, any day, any time. Sure, the songs in the trailer sound like Rayna Jaymes Nashville rejects but I’m game. Besides, AV Club says “Linda’s too humble/clueless to be the white savior character that some viewers of the trailers attacked.” I mean, in the trailer her dumb ass is about to get run over by a train, so… I will enjoy the shit out of this movie, I just know it.