So, on the latest edition of The Highlight Reel (whoa there, it doesn’t actually broadcast until Monday on SineFM!) I talk about a couple of the new trailers that have been released recently. Here, I’ll show you what’s got me so excited about them, as well as a couple of other ones as well. Just because I’m nice that way.
The first trailer to find its way into my good books is for The Hangover Part III. Now, I was not hyped for this movie in any way, shape or form. The Hangover Part II was one of the laziest sequels in recent memory in that it didn’t just cash in on the inspired success of the first movie, it just ripped the entire plot from it and pretended it was a sequel. No, what you’ve done there, guys, is use the Ctrl+F command to find-replace some key words from the first script, and made the same movie again. The thought of doing that again sounded as much fun as counting rice. Despite all that, this trailer did a lot to win me round. For one, it actually looks different, so the talented cast aren’t shackled by deja vu and are free to, you know, be funny. They appear to have enough faith in the characters to make the movie about them, without reverting back to the same old memory-loss formula, although you never know what the final cut will bring so while I’m not eating humble pie just yet, I can smell it in the oven. While it doesn’t look as inspired as the first Hangover, it certainly looks like a worthwhile knockabout caper that will hopefully live up to everything the trailer promises. Yes, even the giraffe mutilation.
What looks like a far more interesting proposition is Now You See Me, a magical (pun very intended, as always) crime thriller from Transporter director Louis Leterrier about a troupe of magicians who use their skills to stage a variety of bank heists. While the silver screen has trouble capturing the magic of, er, magic – the tricks are less impressive when you know they’re being achieved through editing and CGI – the film does boast an incredible cast to make up for that rather obvious failing. Jesse Eisenberg (who looks like some actor ever since The Social Network pulled him out of his socially-awkward-but-lovable geek typecasting), Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman and Michael Freakin’ Caine all look on top form in this slick, sexy looking trailer. If this one lives up to its potential, one of the sleeper hits of the year could be right around the corner.
The next impressive trailer presents something of a quandary. Steve Carell and Sam Rockwell are routinely the best parts of any film that they’re in. So who’s the best when they’re both in a film together? One way to find out is to look at The Way, Way Back, a heartwarming coming-of-age romantic drama which, at first glance, looks set to be yet another navel-gazing, shuffling-and-awkward-guy-meets-hot-bubbly-girl type affair but which actually provides some genuine laughs. It revolves around an under-confident teenager who strikes up a friendship with the staff at a water park, and begins to use his new attitude to attract the fairer sex. Of course, time will tell if the film relies too heavily on the saccharine notes and not heavily enough on genuine emotion and laughs, and you can already tell how it ends just from watching the trailer, but the impressive cast and Oscar-winning screenwriting team which includes Jim Rash (surely that should be Deanwriting team?) certainly bode well.
That just about does it for this trailer roundup. However, we might as well leave on a high note, and it doesn’t look like there’ll be too many higher notes this year than Elysium, Neill Blomkamp’s post-apocalyptic sci-fi about a not-too-distant future where the upper classes live on a utopia known as Elysium, while the rest of us proles are forced to scavenge to survive on an overpopulated, barren Earth. There are no words than can adequately do justice to this trailer, so I’ll just instruct you to watch it and make your own mind up (you’ll think it’s awesome, though). Set for an August release, this film looks to combine a whole host of gorgeous sci-fi themes into one glorious whole. Why yes, I did say the same thing about Prometheus. What’s your point?