Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Director: Stephen Daldry
Cast: Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn, Max von Sydow, Viola Davis, John Goodman, Jeffrey Wright
Based on the novel of the same name, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is about a young boy whose father dies in the World Trade Center on September 11th. After the tragic event, the boy finds a mysterious key and is convinced it is a message left from his father, so travels across New York trying to find the answer and comes across numerous interesting characters along the way. This is screaming out ‘give me an Oscar’ and could potentially be as sentimental as hell, but at the same time the mystery element is intriguing and the cast is excellent. The young lead looks like he might be a bit annoying though. I’m staying very cautiously optimistic on this one.
Director: Niall MacCormick
Cast: Sebastian Koch, Julia Ormond, Felicity Jones, Jessica Brown Findlay
This British comedy-drama is about Emelia Conan-Doyle (Jessica Brown Findlay), teenage heir to the legacy of Arthur Conan Doyle and a wannabe writer herself. While working at a seaside hotel, she befriends Beth (Felicity Jones) and gets to know her family, including her father Jonathan (Sebastian Koch), a failed novelist who she begins to start an elicit relationship with.
I didn’t find this trailer all that mind-blowing. It doesn’t look bad, it just seemed populated with quite uninspired images and ideas. I’m not sure what else to say about it to be honest. It looks OK I guess, but not something I’m eager to see.
Director: Andrew Stanton
Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Thomas Hayden Church, Willem Dafoe
We talked about this in the podcast a while back after the first trailer aired. From director Andrew Stanton (Wall*E, Finding Nemo) it’s an intriguing prospect. I’m very interested in what he can do in a live action setting. However the trailers don’t quite do it for me. This second trailer is an improvement over the first, but it still doesn’t inspire me with confidence. It all looks too Attack of the Clones with the dusty red planet backdrop and overabundance of not-quite-realistic CGI. The lead looks a bit bland too although the full cast list has some interesting names in there. Hopefully Stanton can pull something special out of the bag and produce a fun ride, but it all looks a bit soulless at the moment.
The Cabin in the Woods
Director: Drew Goddard
Stars: Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Chris Hemsworth
Written and directed by Drew Goddard (writer of Lost and Cloverfield) and co-written by another fanboy favourite Joss Whedon (Buffy, Serenity/Firefly), The Cabin in the Woods has ‘cult’ written all over it. The trailer (and I’m assuming the film) begins very predictably with a group of teenagers heading on a road trip to stay in a cabin in the woods (clever title). All very Evil Dead so far. However, as the trailer progresses more and more strange and unusual things begin to happen with a number of sci-fi elements appearing amongst the horror tropes. By the end of the trailer I was eager to find out more, so it worked. It looks like a mind-bending ride that should hopefully be a lot of fun – keep your eyes peeled for this one.