Premiering at Sundance this past year, Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal’s directorial debut The Words features Bradley Cooper struggling with revealing the truth about a manuscript. The cast is strong, also featuring Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana and Ben Barnes, but I was disappointed by this drama. Poor narration and useless supporting characters, in addition to flashbacks that seem to drag on, don’t make this story as involving as it could have been. Our own Dan Mecca had a more positive take, calling it an “an unabashed piece of romantic cinema” and now the first trailer has arrived today. It certainly makes it appealing and one can see it below.
Rory Jansen, a struggling writer, aspires to be the next great literary voice. When he discovers a lost manuscript in a weathered attaché case, he realizes he possesses something extraordinary that he desperately wishes he had created. Rory decides to pass the work off as his own and finally receives the recognition he desperately craves. However, he soon learns that living with his choice will not be as easy as he thought as he faces a moral dilemma that will make him take a hard look at the man he has become.
The Words hits theaters on September 21st, 2012.