Saturday, May 26, 2012

Saturday Scatter: Trailers, Trailers, Trailers!!!

This past week has brought about a whole slew of trailers for big fall and holiday pictures.  The scale and scope couldn't be more varied, and the initial reactions could not be more polarizing, especially for one classical adaptation.  One trailer seems to have everyone in its corner, and that is the new James Bond film, Skyfall, from Sam Mendes:



The trailer looks pretty cool for sure, and it looks like Daniel Craig as Bond might be back after the disastrous Quantum of Solace.  Then again, Quantum looked solid in the trailers and it had an unconventional director (Marc Forster).  That being said, I have more faith in Mendes and his ability to transition to action spectacle.

Up next might be the most polarizing of the new trailers, Baz Luhrmann's hyperkinetic adaptation of The Great Gatsby might be the most divisive in a while.  Some are stark raving mad at his hopped-up style and spastic visuals attached to such a celebrated piece of American literature:



I say, let Luhrmann do his thing. With this cast and this director anything is possible.

Up next is my most anticipated film of the year.  And if you respect genius filmmaking, innovation, and freshness, it should be yours as well.  This is The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson's latest picture, a film mirroring the birth of Scientology.  And this trailer, showing only one of the film's stars (Joaquin Phoenix) and keeping the "master" himself, Philip Seymour Hoffman, offscreen, is quite a bold and brilliant stroke:



Intrigue, mystery, a hint of the seductive score from Radiohead's Johnny Greenwood, The Master is going to be masterful.