With spring just around the corner, we prepare for the upcoming slate of hopefully good movies that are supposed to come with an improvement in the weather. Sadly, the following trailers promise more rain and dark clouds of boredom.
Originally, the thought of seeing another ‘Ghostbusters’ installment really excited me, and reading that it would feature an all-female cast in the roles of legendary misfit parapsychologists did not bother me in the least. However, after watching the first official preview of the end product, my excitement has suddenly grown into nervous hesitation. Although I like the gag of the Ghostmobile now being a Cadillac hearse, the jokes are downright dumb and are pretty much dead on arrival, feeling more like some extended ‘SNL’ skit than a full-fledged motion picture. Based on the trailer alone, I’m not really sure if this is a new installment to the existing franchise or a remake/reimaging since much of what we see appears similar to the first film. In the end, I’ll wait for initial reviews before deciding whether to watch this on the big screen or at home.
My immediate reaction to this predictably idiotic mess can be summed up in one word: Ugh! The trailer features an incredibly generic plot laying all its bets on an extremely stupid gimmick. This dumb little stunt of shooting the entire movie in first-person perspective has already proven to be both disastrous and pointless. The closest the p.o.v. device has ever come to working is in the “Found Footage” genre, and even there, the scheme wore out its welcome some time ago. You know the idea is basically a ripoff of first-person shooter games anyway. So, why in the world would I want to pay to watch someone else play a videogame?
The trailer for the new (presumably) emotional rollercoaster from writer/director Jeff Nichols immediately erupts with explosions and action, as if trying to snap viewers awake. Or, more like it’s begging for their attention. Frankly, there really isn’t much going on here. The clip leaves me somewhat indifferent and bored. The plot, which Nichols also wrote, feels a lot like a reimaging of 1984’s ‘Firestarter’, except with better visual effects. The only thing generating a tiny bit of confidence is the fact that Nichols’ last two features (‘Take Shelter’ and ‘Mud’) were impressive in spite of weak trailers. Here’s hoping that he’ll once again surprise me when I catch this on Blu-ray.
Finally, the preview for the ‘Finding Nemo’ sequel doesn’t do much to generate interest.
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