With the annual glut of big blockbuster trailers coming out to coincide with the Super Bowl I thought I’d write about four of them instead of my usual random search through iTunes Movie Trailers’ latest offerings. Annoyingly I’ve already talked about earlier trailers for most of these, but lets see what new footage has been revealed and whether or not it changes my opinions on the films.

Act of Valor

Director: Mike “Mouse” McCoy, Scott Waugh
Cast: Active Duty Navy SEALs, Roselyn Sanchez, Alex Veadov, Jason Cottle, Nestor Serrano

My God, what is this? Basically an advert for the Navy SEALS, this is a fictional story using real life active duty Navy SEALS to create “an unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking”. By the looks of the trailer, it’s actually just showing us how cool their job is and how much shit they get to blow up.

Insensitivity doesn’t even begin to describe what is (likely to be) wrong with this film. Pure propaganda mixed with a hideously glamorous view of war is what this looks like to me.

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

Director: Chris Renaud
Cast: Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Ed Helms, Taylor Swift, Rob Riggle, Betty White

Another one that I haven’t covered yet is the latest Dr. Seuss movie adaptation, The Lorax. It’s a short trailer (they all are for the Super Bowl) so it doesn’t give much away, but visually it looks interesting, retaining Seuss’ eye for quirky creature and landscape designs. I imagine the story has been fleshed out a lot and bastardised, but this could be easy going fun. The gags in the trailer aren’t all that fresh though.

John Carter

Director: Andrew Stanton
Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, Thomas Hayden Church, Willem Dafoe

There’s not a whole lot new on offer here. I keep changing my mind about this though. I’m interested to see what Andrew Stanton can do with a live action film and it certainly looks epic and exciting, but it has far too much of a Star Wars Prequels CGI sheen to it which puts me off a little. I’ll probably go and see it, but my hopes aren’t all that high.

The Avengers

Director: Joss Whedon
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård , Samuel L. Jackson

With the exception maybe of Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers is the most anticipated release of the year for most people. I’m not one of them it has to be said – I’ve got a bit bored of superhero movies of late and have only seen a couple of the tie-in films that lead up to this. I enjoyed Thor and Joss Whedon’s Serenity though so hopefully this will latch on to the more light-hearted tone of those films, but we’ll see. This trailer doesn’t give much away although you get a few more glimpses of the set-pieces we were teased with earlier. Spectacle-wise nothing looks all that new or impressive, but hopefully if the tone is right the film will be a lot of fun.

One Response

  1. David Brook

    Annoyingly they just released the first full Spiderman trailer just after I wrote this. It actually looks pretty good – a lot less overly serious than the first teaser, which is good. It still looks too similar to the Sam Raimi ones to seem necessary though.

    Here it is:


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