Kam and I saw Star Wars 3: Revenge of the Sith yesterday. I'll post about that eventually, but for now I'm just gonna post about the trailers we saw beforehand. There will be no spoilers here, or indeed any mention of SW3.
For those of you who saw these comments of mine on an email list, scroll down to the end, where I'm going to add comments about trailers I just found online.
- Fantastic Four. I whispered to Kam: "This looks like way more fun than it has any right to be." The dialogue shown in the trailer was nicely entertaining, and there were some cool effects and satisfactorily large explosions. Looks like good summer fun. Then again, it seems to be a lot easier to make a good trailer than a good movie, so who knows.
- Mr. & Mrs. Smith. It's not an entirely new idea (I'm avoiding describing the central premise, because it may be something of a spoiler, even though the trailer describes it explicitly), but it looks like a good execution of the idea. I could've wished for someone other than Brad Pitt as the male lead, but that's okay, at least it's not Keanu. And again it looks like a fun movie—fun dialogue, cute situations, large explosions. What's not to like? Besides Brad Pitt, I mean.
- The Island. In the opening moments of the trailer—lots of people dressed in white, someone talking about the Lottery—I thought, my God, are they remaking Logan's Run? And then when a character later goes on the run, I was sure of it—Kam and I whispered it to each other almost simultaneously. But then the title turned out to be The Island, and it appears not to be a direct remake. Anyway, it's got Ewan McGregor, which is generally enough to make me interested in a movie, and it might be fun. Someone on themovieblog.com says: "Logan's Run + Coma + The Prisoner + The Matrix + The Truman Show + The Village + about a gazillion other sci-fi novels, short stories and Twilight Zone episodes = excuse for Michael Bay to TOTALLY BLOW SHIT UP!!!!"
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The moment the women told the four kids about the Professor, I knew this was a Narnia movie (or else the next X-Men sequel :) ). This may just be wishful thinking on my part, but it tentatively looked really good to me—they may have actually done it right. Even though the production design was clearly inspired by LotR. (And in fact it turns out WETA did the effects and creatures; cool.) But again, I so much want them to get it right that I may've overlooked hints of badness. But I'll almost certainly see it when it comes out anyway.
There were also several other trailers, but they all looked bad and/or dumb, so I didn't bother remembering what they were for. Surprisingly, none of the trailers appeared to give away the entire plot of the movie; I hope this is a new trend in trailers.
I just stopped by Apple's trailers page (where you can see all of the abovementioned trailers), and noticed the trailer for A Sound of Thunder. Yes, it's exactly what you might fearfully guess on reading that title: they've taken the classic Bradbury short story and turned it into a sci-fi/horror/action movie. It looks like the entire original story (in a surprisingly faithful adaptation) probably happens in the first half-hour of the movie, followed by fighting lots of monsters back in the future. I probably won't see this one unless it gets awfully good reviews. I knew it was trouble when the trailer referred to "One minor infraction of nature's law."
And then there's The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, which has a great title but features lines like "It's against the rules to have a fling with the coaches."
And I'm not sure what to make of the Pink Panther prequel featuring Steve Martin as Clouseau; also Kevin Kline, Beyoncé Knowles, and Jean Reno. The trailer does have one exchange that made me laugh ("He was just found dead." "Was it fatal?"), but I suspect the movie will have more slapstick than I would really enjoy.
On the plus side, The Legend of Zorro looks like entertainingly over-the-top fun (though the CGI whip hitting the names in the trailer may go a bit too far), and since it features Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones reprising their roles from the last Zorro movie, it'll probably take really awful reviews to keep me away from this. In fact, I skipped the end of the trailer 'cause I suspect it tells more of the story than I want to see yet.
Add in Kingdom of Heaven, War of the Worlds, and the next Harry Potter, and it looks like I'll be seeing a bunch of movies this year.