Movie Watch: Trading Paint
By Edward Havens
March 4, 2019
Continuing our desire to highlight upcoming independent and foreign films we think you should be aware of, we look at the latest movie featuring two-time Academy Award nominee John Travolta.
Now, a new movie featuring John Travolta might not mean as much to film fans now as it may have during his “Saturday Night Fever” to “Blow Out” run, or his mid-90s “Pulp Fiction” to “A Civil Action” resurgence, but every once in a while, it’s nice to see Travolta put in what seems to be some effort in to a role. But that’s not even the exciting part about this movie.
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Trading Paint is the acting debut of the Queen of Country herself, Shania Twain.
It’s hard to believe that while being in the public consciousness for more than a quarter century, that Ms. Twain has never once been featured as an actor on any television show or movie before now. She has damn near 40 “acting” credits on the IMDb, and on 39 of them (all but two being her music videos) she’s playing Shania Twain. So this little fact, that this superstar with far more talent than a Jessica Simpson or a Britney Spears is finally moving in to the field of cinematic acting, is something to be celebrated. And judging from this clip from the film, she might not be asked to do too much but she is simply radiant on screen...
Yes, that really is New Jersey native John Travolta looking like Jon Stewart trying out to replace Andrew Lincoln on “The Walking Dead” while sounding like he has Willie Nelson’s vocal cords grafted on top of his. At least he’s making an attempt to create a character out of his wheelhouse.
The film, currently available on Ultra VOD before opening at the Cinema Village in New York City and the Rolling Hills 20 in Torrance CA on March 22nd, features Mr. Travolta as veteran race car driver Sam Munroe, a former professional race car driver, who must overcome family and professional conflicts after his son Cam (Toby Sebastian) leaves their racing team for a competitor (Michael Madsen), balancing ego, resentment and a racing nemesis to come out stronger on the other side. In addition to Ms. Twain, the film also stars Barry Corbin and Kevin Dunn.
Directed by Karzan Kader (whose 2010 short “Bekas” was a Silver Medal winner at the 2011 Student Academy Awards), Saban Films’ “Trading Paint” will also be available on demand March 22nd.
Watch the full trailer below.