Monday, January 7, 2013

A Fistful of Trailers

One of the fun things about going to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in the theater was that I got to see a bunch of trailers for movies I hadn't been thinking much about, but that seem really cool.  I once again got to see a trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness, which I'm really excited about, but I was intrigued by the others as well.

Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion (IMAX release: April 12, 2013; wide release: April 19, 2013) is the film that caught my attention the most.  The visuals look fantastic and the plot seems like it has potential.  Normally I don't like Tom Cruise movies, but the presence of Morgan Freeman in this one might just balance him out.  I haven't read Kosinski's original graphic novel, but I might have to check it out before April.

Here's the trailer:

Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger (release date: July 3, 2013) looks like a fascinating take on why the Lone Ranger must wear a mask, and I really like the aesthetic of the trailer.  But I (like others) am concerned about the casting of Johnny Depp in the role of Tonto, especially since given the trailer, it seems that his performance is just a slightly tweaked version of Captain Jack Sparrow.

Take a look:

Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Slayer (March 2, 2013) is less interesting to me, though I'm having a hard time articulating why.  Actually, upon re-watching the trailer, I think it's primarily the final clip--physical humor doesn't really do it for me.  I doubt I'll see this one in theaters, thought I very well might pick it up at a Redbox some weekend.

And last but not least, Zack Snyder's Man of Steel (June 14, 2013) might just be enough to draw me into the Superman franchise.  What intrigued me most about this trailer is that for the first 45 seconds of the trailer, I didn't realize this was a superhero movie.  It seemed like a drama about a regular kid and a bus accident; it's this strong foundation in reality that makes me think that Man of Steel will have something powerful to add to the story of Clark Kent and his alter ego.


By Jen Miller