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06 November 2004 @ 10:14 am
movie and trailer rant  
we went and saw The Incredibles yesterday, and it did indeed live up to its rather lofty title. pretty good as a straight comedy, satire, AND action flick. worth the price of admission for sure. i don't want to give out too much info on it and spoil it for anyone, but i enjoyed it tremendously.

but i wish i could get all those minutes of life wasted watching the trailers before the film back. not only were the films they advertised horrendously bad-looking, but the trailers themselves irritated me to no end. these trailers force me to see a movie i didn't ask to see. brandon and i complain not infrequently that trailers get worse and worse all the time. it's not just giving away the ending anymore...they tell you nearly every moment and plot point (and joke, if it's a comedy), both onset and resolution in something like 3 minutes...if you're lucky and they're short. the worst ones just go on and on and on.

even good films can be victims of bad trailers. pleasantville, for example. i remember the trailer was something around 5 minute long, and it just wouldn't stop, telling you everything that happened. at the time i first saw that trailer, i remember having said, "well, no point in going to see that. that was the whole film". i only actually saw it a couple years after it came out, when i had fortuantely forgotten said trailer. having watched it again on the dvd after i saw the movie, i still agree that it was the entire movie in five minutes. it didn't really leave anything out. i mean, i thought free willy was bad showing the whale escaping in the preview, but the pleasantville on really takes the cake on spoilers.

good trailers do still exist. the ones that make me anxious to go to a good movie. eternal sunshine's trailer comes to mind as an example. maybe it's my true calling--to make good trailers for the world to see. or not. but i'd like to not have to suffer as harshly as i did last night.
Mood: tiredtired
Alex Staherskiintheblacklodge on November 6th, 2004 05:24 pm (UTC)
The thing that I'm always surprised by is how poorly they seem to target these trailers sometimes. Like they'll put them on a feature that has a completely demographic appeal than the film being previewed. I've seen that happen so many times.
Mellenabsentmammoth on November 6th, 2004 06:04 pm (UTC)
last night we were bombarded by christmas comedies and poorly done children's films, but that made sense given the film.

also, the next pixar movie? looks like CRAP.
theotherjoey on November 6th, 2004 10:57 pm (UTC)
The Garden State trailer was awesome. Practically a music video, really. The first trailer, at least, had no dialoge whatsoever...just Frou Frou's "Let Go" and some scenes...

What's your opinion on the completely footage-free trailer for Ocean's Twelve?

S0n of N00n: Here's what -I- think happened...bibble on November 6th, 2004 11:16 pm (UTC)
my opinion is:

'Twelve is the new Eleven'