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Watch: Tommy Lee Jones Is General Douglas MacArthur In First Trailer For WWII Drama 'Emperor'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
January 17, 2013 2:43 PM
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Can anyone play gruff, grizzly, still kind of endearing but totally standoffish better than Tommy Lee Jones? For this writer, he pretty much walked away with Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" as the idealistic yet conflicted Thaddeus Stevens (equally awesome was James Spader, but that's for a whole different article). Not to knock the man's talents, but he does pretty much the same characterization in another war movie, the upcoming "Emperor," this time as General Douglas McArthur. And now the first trailer is here to show you what it's all about. 

Co-starring Matthew Fox, and directed by Peter Webber ("The Girl With the Pearl Earring," "Hannibal Rising"), the film follows General Bonner Fellows who sets out to suggest to General McArthur how America should handle Japan at the end of WWII, particularly in regards to Emperor Hirohito, Japan's wartime leader, who some believe should be prosecuted and hanged for war crimes. But the task isn't made easy as Bonners is distracted by his search for the Japanese girl he fell in love with back in the United States before the war. 

We caught the film at the very, very tail end of TIFF where it played in a tiny room to the few journalists left in town. Not surprisingly, besides Jones' performance, "The Emperor" is simply not very good. We wrote in our review that the film "delivers a perfectly serviceable wartime movie, with its intentions in the right place. At the same time its harmlessness and adherence to a formulaic storytelling style means the film has no voice of its own and at its worst can feel like the cinematic equivalent of making sure you get enough fiber in your diet."

Take a look at the trailer, along with the first clip that was released last year, in case you missed it. And as a bonus, here's a great gif of Jones throwing mad shade at the Golden Globes. 

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5 Comments

  • IP OP | January 18, 2013 3:56 AMReply

    And so franchise slum Hollywood 'perception manages'
    the damning reality that they are --AGAIN-- 'overlooking'
    this year's ------40th Anniversary--------of the Globalist
    handover of the American economy to Rockefeller RED China

    and ------------60th Anniversary-----------------
    of the awesomely relevant, RED China, Globalism and EUGENICS 'unfriendly'
    ------------------------------KOREAN WAR--------------------------------.

    SURE, MacArthur's saving of --some-- of little Korea from
    MAO-ist ---Globalist unfold and NOT peacetime chores in
    Tokyo ---ranks as his very FINEST hour. . .

  • Robocop | January 17, 2013 5:20 PMReply

    I beg to differ. I saw the movie in a 2000 seat cinema at TIFF where it had a gala premiere and contrary to your opinion it rocked and got a five minute enthusiastic standing ovation, so suck on that Kevin Jagerasshat

  • Robocop | January 17, 2013 5:19 PMReply

    I beg to differ. I saw the movie in a 2000 seat cinema at TIFF where it had a gala premiere and contrary to your opinion it rocked and got a five minute enthusiastic standing ovation, so suck on that Kevin Jagerasshat

  • Robocop | January 17, 2013 5:19 PMReply

    I beg to differ. I saw the movie in a 2000 seat cinema at TIFF where it had a gala premiere and contrary to your opinion it rocked and got a five minute enthusiastic standing ovation, so suck on that Kevin Jagerasshat

  • Robocop | January 17, 2013 5:10 PMReply

    I saw it at its premiere at TIFF in the 2000 seat main cinema of the festival where it got a standing ovation that lasted for 5 minutes so I don't know what you are talking about, dude !

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