Joseph Gordon-Levitt is really making a name for himself in widely released mindfucks. When he employed that paradox in Inception, director Rian Johnson must have just lost his shit. It does look like a good film in its own right, with JGL playing a futuristic assassin who kills people in the past. That is, until he is tasked with killing himself. While it is an intriguing idea, the amount of paradoxes in this film would have to be staggering. If they’re taking people into the past when time travel hasn’t been invented yet, won’t people in the past figure out soon enough? Wouldn’t that defeat the purpose of the whole system? In addition, are the targets being killed in the past or sent into the past to be killed? The latter would not create paradoxes, but the former would create a multitude of problems. Oh, old Joseph Gordon-Levitt is played by Bruce Willis, because that’s obviously where he’s going.
This clip contextualizes the trailer we looked at two weeks ago. Instead of supplementing the conversation with flashy clips, Loki and Tony Stark just talk. In many ways, this is stronger than that trailer. There is room for the conversation to breathe, and for Robert Downey Jr.’s humor to actually come through. His casual description of The Avengers is fantastic. Equally fantastic? That apartment. The only new information this clip provides us is that Tony Stark needs to wear metal bracelets for some reason. Perhaps they serve the same purpose as the palladium core in Iron Man 2, but the way they’re presented in this clip would hint more at their ability to deter Loki from doing … something. I don’t know what, especially given how amorphous Loki’s powers are. Still, look out for those bracelets. They’re important or something.
More Pixar! This clip treats us to more of the great Scottish brogues and introduces our protagonist in a more thorough manner. It begins with the whole “perfect family to the world, screwed up in reality” cliché, but I suppose that’s fine. Princess Merida feels that her parents are too restrictive, from the way she keeps her hair to the clothes she wears. Again, there’s nothing new with the themes here. Unfortunately, her attempt at change unleashed a curse that could destroy everything (naturally), and the only way to avoid that fate is for her to be brave. It’s not the most inventive trailer, but it’ll do for now.