Today – that’s Tuesday – see’s the return of a previous weekly feature; Trailer Talk Tuesday. Replete with a brand-spanking new rating system, the magnificent Excite-ometer. I’ll breaking down the good, the bad and the exciting trailers that have crossed my path over the course of the week.
Hector and the Search for Happiness. Releasing – 15th August ’14. (UK)
Didn’t The Secret Life of Walter Mitty already come out? Wasn’t that last year? Hector and the Search for Happiness is seemingly this years Walter Mitty, sans non-standard cinematography, some subtlety and with the addition of an international big-name cast (Rosamund Pike, Jean Reno, Togo Igawa, Stellan Skarsgard, Christopher Plummer) and in Simon Pegg, the titular Hector.
This gives me a similar feeling as when Ghost Town and The Invention of Lying were in their promo-stages and we all know how those two turned out. Simon Pegg is affable and usually reliable in his goofy, grin-faced charm but is starting to wear in his ubiquity.
2 out of 5 – Trailing Behind
The Judge. Releasing – 24 October ’14. (UK)
A legal-type family drama that concerns a snaky big-city lawyer and his disapproving small-town Judge father. With the news that his mother has passed, our protagonist heads home to discover that the right honourable judge is about to sit trial for murder. Through the fact that he must reconcile with his father in order to represent him in said trial, we are provided with a big dose of capital D Drama.
In the wake of FX’s superlative Fargo, it’s telling that in a cast star-studded with the likes of Robert Downey Junior, Vincent D’Onofrio and the incomparable Robert Duvall that the biggest draw in this clip, for me at least, is the presence of Billy Bob Thornton as the prosecutor in Duvall’s case.
This has the potential to be either an impressive, family saga filled with impressive monologues and big shout moments from great performers or to be another could have beens, filled with too many faces and a deep sense of self serving, self righteous moments. I will approach this with caution, prepare for the worst, expect the best.
3 out of 5 – Stale Trail
Constantine. Releasing – “This Fall”
A brief sojourn to the world of television for a real dicey prospect. I’ve not seem the Keanu Reeves/Constantine movie from 2005 all the way through, iI had been told it was rubbish, and it certainly looked that way. No doubt it had internet keyboard warriors squealing that it had “not done the comic justice” but now those very comics may be in with a chance at a slice of said justice,
Having battled with the likes of HBO and AMC with their enthralling Hannibal, NBC effectively displayed that they could dance with the big boys, and in my humble opinion, come up trumps. Now they’re looking at round two with a Constantine series. It certainly looks darker, more quip-heavy and just plain more interesting.
I don’t know much about the team behind it but if this can meld the tension and class Hannibal has in spades and the practical effect wizardry, high quip count and demon intrigue that Buffy The Vampire Slayer made it’s USP then Constantine could be a real winner.
4 out of 5 – Trail Blazer
Birdman. Releasing – 2 January ’15. (UK)
Mexican auteur Iñárritu returns to the fore after 4 years away from the directors chair presenting us with an entirely different prospect to his previous 4 features.
Birdman also rings in Michael Keaton’s return to the headlining spot after, well, God knows how long. The titular Birdman is, believe it or not, a superhero with bird like abilities. But his story, this is not. For Birdman is fictional and the character that Keaton’s once great Riggan Thomson’s once played
Offering up a bevy of crazy looking CGI, some hilarious bickering and a deep layer of the meta, allowing the former Batman to exorcise some of his demons in front of the camera perhaps,
himself having a similar career trajectory. This one has me really enticed.
4 out of 5 – Trail Blazer
Borgman. Releasing – ?
I’ve been saving the best for last, moving from Birdman to Borgman. The synopsis reads something like; tortured vagrant-type Borgman moves in with and seemingly tears apart an Upper Class family, though the trailer reveals that maybe there is much more going on here.
When you open a trailer with a small girl battering a guys head in with a paving slab and follow that swiftly with a preacher taking up a shotgun to hunt the titular vagrant, you know excitement is set to be abound. The resulting 2 minutes manage what most modern trailers don’t by arousing suspicion, peaking interest and most importantly, keeping the real plot under tight wraps.
The film itself has been making waves across the festival circuit since last year but unfortunately has not got a solid release date. If it sees a release here in the UK I’d expect it to be severely limited but once this hits Blu-Ray/DVD/VOD I will be seeking it out rapidly.
5 out of 5 – The Holy Trail
If any of your opinions differ from mine, then don’t be shy, tell me how wrong I am in the comments section below and feel free to recommend me some trailers to watch for next weeks instalment.
– Oliver Drew