TrailerBytes: Skyfall and more!

TrailerBytes with Dan Spritz

Skyfall

I don’t know what’s going on in most James Bond movies until the end, so it doesn’t bother me that this trailer makes little effort to reference the plot. The tenor is excellent, and it has just the right combination of intrigue and action. The polygraph test at the beginning is the only part that really matters, and Daniel Craig’s reaction to the word, “Skyfall” speaks volumes. The only hint about what that means comes from a flashback in which Bond kills someone, which does not differentiate this film from any of the others. Obviously it’s important though, because it immediately gets under the skin of a trained assassin. Even though Craig’s darker portrayal of Bond has led to mixed reviews, there is something very intriguing about a James Bond who has morals. The movies are fun because they are so obviously ludicrous and extravagant, and it will be interesting to delve deeper into a more realistic James Bond.

Skyfall

Anchorman 2

After lambasting the leaked trailer last week, the shiny and clean trailer came out this week, and it is immaculate. Everything is better, and there’s still no script. It’s essentially a new trailer, which is a reminder of how much content this group can produce and how funny they are together. They’ve already fully inhabited the characters and have the right timing as a group. It’s like they never left, and Ferrell’s assurance at the end that it will be a fun movie is all I need to hear. If they could throw everything together so quickly, imagine what the movie will be like when they have time. I am excited.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Red Band trailers are always fun, and this one is especially gory. It is set against the backdrop of the Civil War, but the actual story is not clear. Is vampirism an allegory for slavery? How would that work? The impression the trailers give is that they’re some sort of hidden menace, which doesn’t work in relation to slavery. Everyone was aware of slavery. Is it instead some sort of counterfactual story, in which the Civil War is against vampires and slavery was never a problem? Does Abraham Lincoln have to fight two wars?  Did he gain the presidency because of his vampire-killing prowess? Most of this probably doesn’t matter, because the movie is about killing vampires, which is awesome. Still, I’d like to know that there is some sort of structure behind the killing.

The Great Gatsby

I only read this book once, six years ago, so I’m not the best person to comment on how much this trailer resembles the book. That may not matter though, because very little of the plot is revealed. Sure, Carey Mulligan loves Leonardo DiCaprio, but that’s not really enough for a movie. (What’s that you say about Titanic? Shhhh). Instead, the trailer spends most of its time revealing the setting, which appears to be Willy Wonka’s Coruscant. I had no idea the Roaring ‘20s were more modern than present day. Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio is once again playing Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire looks perplexed (doesn’t he always?), and Joel Edgerton is wary of everything. If that’s not enough for you (it shouldn’t be), there is also the needless inclusion of dubstep and some vaguely Australian accents. I’m sure Baz Luhrmann is to blame for that, but surely that can’t be how they’ll sound all movie. What kind of weird, jingoistic move would that be to have characters from one of the greatest American novels sound Australian for two hours? I hope it is just an issue that arose with sound mixing.*

* I don’t know what sound mixing is.

Dan Spritz / Cherry On Top / @DanSpritz

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