Professor and the Mad Man Trailer

History is Created in New “The Professor and the Madman” Trailer

Though it is the demise of many who write, the importance of the Oxford English Dictionary cannot be overlooked.  The full compilation of words and definitions is a work of pure genius - one that carries a unique story along with it.

Based on Simon Winchester’s best-selling novel, The Professor and the Madman tells the story of Professor James Murray (Mel Gibson), the man who took on the insane challenge to compile the most comprehensive dictionary ever.  Knowing that it would take him centuries, he began to outsource the work to those around the world.  When it became known that a single man, Dr. W.C. Minor (Sean Penn), had submitted over 10,000 words to the overseeing committee, they wanted to honor him.  They didn’t realize that Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was a convicted murderer being held at an asylum for the criminally insane.

The film’s debut trailer is a tale of two halves.  In the beginning, we get a frantic display of heightened intensity as we see the crime, the conviction, and the pressure that comes with taking on a project of this size.  But then Murray and Minor meet, taking with it the intensity and leaving us with a montage backed by lethargic, almost inspirational music.

The end result is a semi-mixed bag.  The film looks interesting, but just how much is left after showcasing the majority of the plot?  We’ll have our answer when the Farhad Safinia directed film hits theaters on May 10.

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About Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis
I owe this hobby/career to the one and only Stephanie Peterman who, while interning at Fox, told me that I had too many opinions and irrelevant information to keep it all bottled up inside. I survived my first rated R film, Alive, at the ripe age of 8, it took me months to grasp the fact that Julia Roberts actually died at the end of Steel Magnolias, and I might be the only person alive who actually enjoyed Sorority Row…for its comedic value of course. While my friends can drink you under the table, I can outwatch you when it comes iconic, yet horrid 80s films like Adventures in Babysitting and Troop Beverly Hills. I have no shame when it comes to what I like, and if you have a problem with that, then we’ll settle it on the racquetball court. I see too many movies to actually win any film trivia contest, so don’t waste your first pick on me. My friends rent movies from my bookcase shelves, and one day I do plan to start charging. I long to live in LA, where my movie obsession will actually help me fit in, but for now I am content with my home in Austin. I prefer indies to blockbusters, Longhorns to Sooners and Halloween to Friday the 13th. I miss the classics, as well as John Ritter, and I hope to one day sit down and interview the amazing Kate Winslet.