Monday, July 28, 2014

Trailer Talk

Trailer Talk
So a new sleuth of trailers came in left and right over the weekend. I definitely didn't get a chance to discuss them all. Tonight, I am going to go over some of the new trailers released this weekend, and discuss what I liked.

The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies
So I will admit, I hate the name change. It seems to me that Peter Jackson's need to tamper with every little prick and pot of his new trilogy is starting to become redundant. I always thought that calling the last chapter of this saga "There And Back Again" was putting everything in full circle. It also put a nice bow on this long, and admittedly drawn-out, story. So its true, I can't stand the title change. With that in mind, its a good thing that they cut such a nice looking trailer for the last chapter in this saga.

The best touch of the trailer was Pippin's song from "The Return of the King." It put a very melancholy touch on the entire trailer, and if you've read the book, you know what's coming. Sometimes, matching the right song to a trailer can work wonders and I think it worked here. I also like that we have barely scratched the surface of what The Battle will entail. I am excited to see this one and I am excited to conclude this series.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I
This is a tine-tiny trailer but it basically covers all the footage that was shown at Comic-Con International this weekend. I am still not a fan of splitting the last book in a fantasy-novel-series-turned-film franchise into two films, but there is no doubt that I am more than rabid for this entry in the series. I like the way the characters have grown and I am totally engaged in the story. This trailer is short and sweet, but it totally hit the spot.
Kevin Smith's second horror film, "Tusk", has been a question mark for me. While I somewhat liked his venture into horror, I didn't love "Red State." But I think Smith left room for himself to grow as a horror filmmaker, and I am not sure this trailer reflects that growth. One thing I did like about "Red State" was the gritty dark of the cinematography, "Tusk" has none of that, it some parts of the trailer, it feels like another Smith comedy. I don't know if "Tusk" will be more light-hearted compared to "Red State," but it just doesn't feel right. Check it out for yourself.

This debuted at Comic-Con International. Harry Potter has turned into Pan the Satyr God. Interesting.

A rich mix of trailers if you ask me, let me know what you thought of them.

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