HUNGER GAMES IS HERE!
Well, the first real trailer is here!
Let’s be real, people – I was always going to go see this in theaters no matter what the trailer looked like. Sure, I don’t want the film to get it wrong, but I am a huge fan of the series. I read the second and third books in something like a day and a half. Straight.
BUT it is really nice to see that it doesn’t look like they’ve gotten it wrong at all. In fact, it looks very very right. The internet is buzzing with excited people right now and you can officially count me among their ranks. Yup, I’m one of those people. This looks freakin’ awesome.
Verdict: Opening Day
I am a little surprised by how interested I am, mostly based on the rather cool imagery presented in this trailer. Versus the few over-the-top-colorful, perfectly coifed photos I have seen for the “other” Snow White movie, I am definitely more curious where this one will take the story. The tone of the trailer fits with what I’d already heard… darker, fight-ier, real-er (as much as a fairy tale turned epic fantasy war story is real). And so far, Kristen Stewart hasn’t spoken, which is maybe a good thing?, so I’m not sure how that will work out. I don’t really want her to be Joan of Arc, but based on what I have seen so far, this looks like it could be kind of badass. Though I am not convinced by Charlize Theron as a narrator at all.
More Charlize Theron (she’s also the Evil Queen in Snow White and the Huntsman). I don’t know about this one; I get that she’s an unlikeable character and, well, that didn’t exactly make me want to go watch the movie. I like the people in it, love the director, will probably be interested, but my first impression is that I don’t want to shell out the money to see it in theaters. She was a bit too successful at being unlikeable.
Then again, I have a cold and the fact that my face is all stuffy doesn’t make me feel like going outside for anything. And this doesn’t exist in theaters yet, so it’s a moot point.
Side Note: I really like that the poster looks like a book cover (particularly effective as a smaller image icon). They* should do that more.
My Week with Marilyn
I had certainly heard of this movie, but I now realize I had no idea what week we were going to be seeing and somehow I was not expecting it to be one in England. There are some great people in this cast. I’ve been hearing good things about Michelle Williams and based on the trailer, she certainly seems to be embodying Marilyn quite well. I saw Eddie Redmayne on Broadway in Red and he’s good. And oh, look, there’s Kenneth Branagh, and Judi Dench, and Hermione Granger! Don’t worry, I know that’s Emma Watson and no, I don’t think she’s pigeonholed forever at all. I just didn’t expect to see her in this. I’m guessing…jealous regular** non-movie star girlfriend-type character?
I have difficulty getting excited for biopics sometimes (J. Edgar anyone?). The lure of knowing what that person was really like or really going through is not always enough for me. Especially if their life included something really difficult; something that might, say, make them the subject of a movie. Sometimes that’s just hard towant to go see. But based on this trailer, I am more interested that I expected to be.
Verdict: Potential Theatre/On-Demand
What to do here? I LOVE The Lorax, by which I mean the original book and original cartoon from 1972. I was not looking for a remake. I think some people like the human remake of The Grinch and I’ve seen pieces of it, but no matter how good it might be, it could never replace the cartoon for me. I have a feeling The Lorax will go the same way. I don’t need a new cartoon.
Certain parts of this trailer surprised me in that I like the idea there – he starts his journey for a tree because of a girl? But I was not feeling Danny DeVito as the voice of the main man, the Lorax himself. I’m sorry, but no. I recently rewatched Matilda, which the boyfriend had never seen, and he was surprised to hear that DeVito was the narrator. He has a unique growl of a voice and it seemed an unusual choice. It relatively works in Matilda, though I think he overemphasizes a lot of his words, falling into the trap of trying to be clear because it’s a CHILDREN’S movie. It is yet to be seen how his signature voice will work for the Lorax (clearly, this is a trailer, the whole point is it’s not out yet), but it felt a bit corny to me.
Verdict: Skeptical but not Written Off
And to throw in one I’ve never even heard of til now… (what? I KNOW!)
This looks SO AWESOME. It’s an animated movie from the makers of Coraline (yay), with what looks like an exploration of the cannon of horror movie tropes from the perspective of a boy who loves zombies (my friends will all be happy). This looks like a really cool off-beat kid’s movie. The trailer only has a soundtrack, no dialogue, so I’m not very clear on things like plot, but that makes me even happier. I don’t want it all given away in the trailer; I want to see a taste of something that makes me excited enough to run to the theatre but still be surprised and have a unique experience when I get there (trailer-makers TAKE NOTE). Also, stellar use of music. I almost hope there is no dialogue, just music and sound effects, a la The Triplets of Belleville. I would be totally down with that.
I am the first to admit that I’m not great with scary movies, but I’ve learned that i can really enjoy anything you might call comedy horror and anything spooky and weird in the realm of “appropriate for younger audiences” (i.e. Coraline). So I think this is right in my wheelhouse.
Also, best tagline EVER: You don’t become a hero by being normal.
Verdict: Hell Yeah!***
*Hollywood in general?
**I was refraining from writing “mousy.” She’s clearly not mousy, she’s just not Marilyn Monroe, or that’s what I’m guessing this movie might be implying.
***As you can see, this is a clearly defined grading rubric.