Trailer Stash: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, (500) Days of Summer, Public Enemies, more
And now, a look at some notable trailers lighting up the blogs and message boards:X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Director: Gavin Hood
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Liev Schreiber
Release Date: May 1
What would Brodie and Jay think of the new X-Men Origins: Wolverine trailer? Remember the classic Mallrats exchange?
Brodie: Shall I call you Logan, Weapon X?
Jay: No, Wolverine! Schnickety, schnickety, schnam!
Brodie (to T.S.): What he's doing is imitating Wolverine's Berserker attack with his adamantium claws.
T.S.: I would've never guessed.
In other words, a comic-book geek's dream is coming true some 14 years after that classic Kevin Smith moment. So, does the trailer do it justice? Actually, for all the bad that can (and quite frankly, still could) go wrong with this movie, it looks like it might be thrillingly entertaining. We might actually be surprised. But here's what it has going against it: rumors that re-shoots were needed, a "heavily cut" final runtime (according to IMDb), and like last week's preview of Adventureland, it also stars Ryan Reynolds.
(500) Days of Summer
Director: Marc Webb
Starring: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Minka Kelly
Release Date: July 24
Paste cover girl Zooey Deschanel has an upcoming film, so you knew Trailer Stash would pick this up sooner or later. What's more, from the opening scene of the trailer, it's quite obvious music plays a huge role in the film. Isn't it every music fan's dream that someone we have an attraction to will overhear some obscure song we're listening to and say they love it too? The only bummer for Joseph Gordon-Levitt is that Deschanel's character doesn't believe in true love. Drat! The movie is getting some good, early buzz from Sundance, and it looks like fun, romantic comedy not completely unlike Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Speaking of Sundance, Paste's chief film Critic Robert Davis had this to say of (500) Days: "Overall, it's a modest success, slickly produced, enjoyable for its light moments but weighed down by the remainder." Read his full thoughts here.
Director: Michael Mann
Starring: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Billy Crudup
Release Date: July 1
Sixty-four years after his first portrayal on screen (with several since), bank robber John Dillinger is back once again in the new Michael Mann film, Public Enemies. However this time, instead of hard-boiled, character-actor Lawrence Tierney, we have the suave Johnny Depp assuming the depiction of the legendary felon. But he looks comfortable enough in the role of the '30s gangster. Unfortunately, we don't really get a good glimpse of Christian Bale's detective. Will this be one of those wild-card films that hangs around for Oscar buzz? It's tough to say. Mann directing Bale and Depp in a period film...it could happen.
The Brothers Bloom
Director: Rian Johnson
Starring: Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel Weisz
Release Date: May 29
Conventional wisdom says that when a movie gets pushed back months and months, it's bad news all around. But then there's The Brothers Bloom, the second film from writer/director Rian Johnson. Sound familiar? He's the man behind one of the best flicks of 2006 most people missed: Brick, the brilliant, high-school Maltese Falcon-esque noir. So, are we looking at a sophomore slump with The Brothers Bloom? By the looks of the trailer, no, though this looks nothing like Johnson's first film. The characters appear quirkier and good-humored, and the appearance as a whole is a lot brighter. In other words, it's more marketable. And really, if a movie gets pushed back to May (blockbuster month), what filmmaker in his right mind would argue?
The Edge of Love
Director: John Maybury
Starring: Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Cillian Murphy
Release Date: March 13
This is an odd trailer. It makes The Edge of Love look a lot like a foreign film. Well, OK. Technically, you can make that case since it was made in Britain, but we're talking more like a bona-fide foreign-language film. A lot of dramatic fading in and out over an even more dramatic score. No dialogue, save for one line at the end. It looks big. It looks epic. But it also appears somewhat bloated and self-indulgent, even with the killer cast that includes Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller and Cillian Murphy.