Angelina Jolie’s accented adaptation of Mariane Pearl’s “The Breve Life and Death of my Husband Danny Pearl”, aka “A Mighty Heart”, gets an emotional trailer. I don’t know what’s stranger — that we’re supposed to be enthralled by what will happen to the kidnapped Daniel Pearl when everyone in the world already knows what happened to him, or that Angelina Jolie’s accent, as dead-on as it may be (and I don’t know that it is) is really, really distracting. Then again, maybe she got the accent perfectly; it just sounds really weird to me. In any case, the trailer for “A Mighty Heart”, June 22nd, 2007, is below.
On January 23, 2002, Mariane Pearl’s world changed forever. Her husband Daniel, South Asia bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, was researching a story on shoe bomber Richard Reid. The story drew them to Karachi where a go-between had promised access to an elusive source. As Danny left for the meeting, he told Mariane he might be late for dinner. He never returned. In the face of death, Danny’s spirit of defiance and his unflinching belief in the power of journalism led Mariane to write about his disappearance, the intense effort to find him and his eventual murder in her memoir “A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband Danny Pearl.” Six months pregnant when the ordeal began, she was carrying a son that Danny hoped to name Adam. She wrote the book to introduce Adam to the father he would never meet. Transcending religion, race and nationality, Mariane’s courageous desire to rise above the bitterness and hatred that continues to plague this post 9/11 world, serves as the purest expression of the joy of life she and Danny shared.
Starring Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman, Irfan Khan, Adnan Siddiqui, Alyy Khan, and is directed by Michael Winterbottom (“9 Songs”).