TrailerBytes: Ruby Sparks and more!

TrailerBytes with Dan Spritz

Ruby Sparks

This could be an interesting movie, although it is very possible that I’ve seen everything I’ll need to see from the trailer. Paul Dano plays a writer who is falling in love with the girl he’s writing into his novel. This situation poses a logistical problem, because that girl doesn’t exist. It would be a bold and fascinating choice if the film decided to focus on the slow erosion of Dano’s character as he falls more and more in love with a product of his imagination, but this film has no interest in doing that. Instead, it decides to make her a real person named Ruby Sparks. She is a perfectly believable Manic Pixie Dream Girl, because she is actually the girl of Dano’s dreams. This would create a number of problems, but not really the ones the trailer covers. Obviously, because Ruby is whatever Dano writes her to be, some weird sexual stuff is bound to happen, and that would inevitably strain an already strange relationship. On top of that, the trailer presents Dano as both a fairly unaccomplished writer and a man, so he’s not going to be good at writing women. Ruby Sparks should be woefully thin, if not completely lacking major characteristics. I don’t even know if Matthew Weiner could write a compelling woman in real life. This could create another fascinating opportunity wherein Dano grows as a writer because he sees all of the small details that he would not otherwise think of. Again, nothing in the trailer even hints at that though. In addition, this movie’s conclusion is visible from miles away: either he’ll have to write her out of his life or he’ll have to write her death at the end of the story.

Ruby Sparks

Your Sister’s Sister

This trailer traffics in the classic indie plot of opposite sex platonic best friends who suddenly realize their feelings for each other after some sort of major event. This predictably raises issues that could have been easily avoided with better communication. How could Rosemarie Dewitt’s character have known not to sleep with Mark Duplass’ character?  It’s an unfortunate situation, but given the fact the characters in this trailer all love at least one other character, there’s no doubt that they’ll work though it, no matter the end result. What bothers me more is the accents. If Dewitt and Emily Blunt are sisters, why does only one of them have an English accent? Answer that and I might try and care about these characters.

Witness Protection

This is a thankfully short trailer that revolves around Madea getting drunk in first class. There’s nothing clever about the writing, and nothing about this trailer would make me want to see the movie. The only element worth noting is that Eugene Levy plays a character who is made to look French but has some sort of terrible Jewish/Russian accent. There could be a legitimate backstory for this, or it could just be laziness.

The Amazing Spider-Man

This week brought a new Japanese trailer that is not that different from previous trailers. So why highlight it this week? The scant additions are perfect examples that this movie will be the clichéd “dark re-imagining” of the Spiderman story. The most notable example is Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) anxiety that he may have been responsible for turning Curt Connors into The Lizard. That’s some serious mental anguish, but it’s not the only pain he has to deal with. Between May Parker’s (Sally Field) fears about who is hurting Peter and that terrible gash on his chest, it becomes very clear that even though he’s a superhero, he’s still human, and can still feel pain. Hopefully, this will create a deeper story than the other Spiderman films. If nothing else, Garfield is already far more charismatic than Tobey Maguire.

Dan Spritz / Cherry On Top / @DanSpritz

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