Thoughts on the Previews: October 30, 2015

Krampus (Michael Dougherty, USA 2015)

  • Adam Scott is showing up a lot since the death of Parks and Recreation (two years too late)
  • About the first 1/3 of the trailer looks like a rather fun comedic take on the type of idea Supernatural would have made a fun holiday episode out of six years ago, and then it looks completely serious after. So I don’t know what to make of this thing–is it a self-aware, comedic horror film, or is it taking a really stupid idea very seriously? Either way, it may be worth a laugh. And that first 1/3 really is pretty funny.

The Forest (Jason Zada, USA 2016)

  • I made enough fun of this concept earlier, but something I forgot to mention about the stupidity of this trailer: this idea of “twin telepathy” is nonsense. It’s been studied. It does not exist. Most people think (even though they wouldn’t admit it) that people who look alike must be alike and be connected, but it is not true.

Victor Frankenstein (Paul McGuigan, USA 2015)

  • It’s been 21 years since a major Hollywood version of Frankenstein, which was the excellent Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (Kenneth Branagh, USA 1994), so maybe it’s time for a new one. It’s difficult to tell whether this has any kind of a new take on the story, but I for one hope for it.
  • Daniel Radcliffe has been a very, very inconsistent actor. Even in Harry Potter films, he would veer wildly between being quite good and being awful beyond words.

Star Wars: Episode VII–The Force Awakens (J.J. Abrams, USA 2015)

  • Nothing happened in this trailer. Seriously nothing. I laughed.
  • However, the images of the destroyed spaceship on the desert and the melted Darth Vader mask were extremely effective.
  • Much has been made of the fact that Luke Skywalker has been absent from all promotional material. I for one do not care.
  • The trailer was more effective than it should have been.
  • I want to find somewhere to bet $100 right now on this being the highest-grossing movie of all time. And if I could also bet on it not being very good, I would do so.
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Thoughts on the Previews: October 1, 2015

Joy (David O. Russell, USA 2015)

  • I’m tired of Bradley Cooper.
  • I’m tired of Robert De Niro. (I think he actually retired about twenty years ago without anybody noticing. He’s just showing up now and saying, “I’m great, because I’m De Niro.”)
  • I rather liked Three Kings (though admittedly I remember very little of it, so it didn’t make a huge impression on me), but I really haven’t been a fan of Russell’s much-praised work since.
  • The trailer looks like this film has about a nine-act story.
  • A film centered around a family’s holiday dinners. That’s what this looks like. Which I assume means it’s going to be a mean, unhappy little movie in spite of its title.
  • I’m not tired of Jennifer Lawrence, but that’s really because I haven’t watched most of what she’s done. There have to be people suffering from fatigue of her by now.

Concussion (Peter Landemson, USA/Australia/UK 2015)

  • You cast one of the world’s leading Scientologists to play a doctor who is yelling at people to listen to evidence. We don’t have to carry Will Smith’s personal life into his performances, but that just seems particularly odd.
  • Was that really the best title you could come up with?
  • The trailer was in some way very annoying. Something about the sound and the pacing just was very grating to me. And a couple people in the theater were laughing at it . . . not a good sign.

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Thoughts on the Previews: September 21, 2015

The Martian (Ridley Scott, USA 2015)

  • Every time I’ve seen a commercial or trailer for this, I immediately think it’s a sequel to Interstellar about Dr. Mann’s original mission.
  • The pre-release buzz is so high on this film and Andy Weir sounds like a cool guy, though I haven’t read the book, but . . . Ridley Scott. Ridley Scott’s films have essentially been awful for 40 years.
  • I’m going to see it when it comes out, but my expectations are not high.

The Walk (Robert Zemeckis, USA 2015)

  • I don’t understand people’s fascination with this story.
  • The accent seems rather weird, but I assume that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be great, because he’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt. And I’ll watch it, because it’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

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