The big news of the past week was of course the teaser trailer for the much-anticipated ‘The Avengers’, and it looks… well…. interesting. It’ll definitely be a big hit during next year’s summer season. But a couple months before ogling over some superhero action, we can revel in a dark, ghastly murder mystery with none other than Edgar Allan Poe, the first super sleuth.
Many only know the name of American literary icon Edgar Allan Poe as synonymous with ghastly tales of the macabre. Only a few know that he’s also the father of the detective story genre and a major influential figure of science fiction as well. Long before there was a Sherlock Holmes, C. Auguste Dupin cracked the case of ‘The Murders of the Rue Morgue’. So, this movie from ‘V for Vendetta’ director James McTeigue seems like a rather intriguing concept, where we imagine John Cusack as the famous Bostonian turned real-life detective. Following a series of grisly murders, the first of which is a reference to the ‘Rue Morgue’ story, the film looks like a good deal of fun and mystery, if not much else.
There was never any doubt that I’d see the ‘The Avengers’ movie in theaters when it’s released next year. Yet for some reason, this teaser trailer isn’t all that exciting. It leaves me wanting a bit more. The preview does pretty much everything that’s expected of it, showing our primary cast of heroes and a few glimpses of Loki as the mischievous godly villain. The problem is that the movie feels like it walks a thin line between utterly bland and excessively hyperactive. In either case, it makes the superhero flick seem quite boring, possibly even a snooze-fest. Of course, this is just the teaser, and it’s enough to whet the appetite. With Joss Whedon both directing and writing, this could be loads of fun. Hopefully.
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