The Old Switcheroo. Everybody says they love a surprise, but in reality they're a 50/50 proposition. This week's collection of trailers anticipates the viewer's expectations (or at least, my expectations) and, for good or ill, gives us something else.
It's certainly not unheard of for a trailer to contain no footage whatsoever from the film it's promoting, but I still find it jarring. After the studio released those freaky pictures of John Travolta playing an obese woman, the producers of Hairspray let us down big time with a teaser trailer that shows nothing of the actual movie. Who knows? It might be a great flick, but you certainly can't tell from this.
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
This May be the rare case of the sequel surpassing the original, though in this instance it wouldn't take much. The switch here is that I originally expected this film to suck like a Hoovermatic. The previous film took one of greatest collections of comic book characters from Marvel Comics' golden age, endowed them with miraculous abilities, then busies itself with said characters trying to "cure" themselves. Yawn. Put on a costume and fight crime, people, this is a super hero movie. The trailer for this sequel, however, shows a lot of promise. The opening scene takes place at the wedding of Reed Richards and Sue Storm, a landmark moment in early Marvel history, with most of the preview showing The Human Torch chasing the Silver Surfer through the skies and tunnels of New York City. This one put me back in touch with my inner comic book geek. He's taller than I remembered. Scott Weinberg discussed the trailer here.
Catch and Release
While this looks like a pretty decent romantic comedy with a healthy slice of tragedy thrown in (Jennifer Garner's fiancé dies, and she ends up falling in love with his best friend), I'm more intrigued by the fact that Kevin Smith has a fairly prominent supporting role. Best known as a writer and director, Smith's speaking engagements show him to be a man with an unpretentious warmth, and he seems to be conveying that here. I doubt this will get him an Oscar nod, but it looks like he's providing the film with a sidekick I can respect. You can read Jette Kernion's review of the film here.
I Could Never Be Your Woman
Only in Hollywood could someone as beautiful as Michelle Pfeiffer be portrayed as a desperate aging woman. Credibility is further stretched by casting Jon Lovitz as her ex-husband. Paul Rudd plays the younger man Pfeiffer's character falls for, and he seems to be mirroring his performance as Lisa Kudrow's love interest in the final season of Friends. The trailer made me laugh, though, which is the ultimate test, so I think I'll check this one out.
Never having read the Nancy Drew books, I knew the character primarily from the 1970s TV series that starred Pamela Sue Martin (and later Janet Louise Johnson). The show played the girl detective character slightly older than she had been in the books. This version looks like a cross between Veronica Mars and Scooby-Doo, by way of Mean Girls, so the movie shoots for a younger demographic than the show did. Once again, the title character is in her early teens and merry mix-ups ensue. This might be an entertaining bit of fluff for the kids, but little else. You can read Scott Weinberg's take on this trailer here.