I haven’t done one of these in a while. And since I’ve been so busy focussing on Oscar films, I’ve barely been paying attention to the early 2011 releases that are just around the corner. So with the slew of new trailers that hit the internet today, I figured I’d educate myself.
(But since I don’t give a shit about Cars 2 or The Mechanic, I’m skipping those.)
Green Lantern (June 17, 2011)
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Tim Robbins
The trailer makes The Green Lantern look like fairly standard superhero fare, yet it still seems more appealing than I’d expected. Reynolds has the charisma to pull off something like this (and he LOOKS absolutely gorgeous here, I must say), and with Peter Sarsgaard in the supporting cast (WTF is up with his hair, though?) I’m on board. And considering it’s the same director (Martin Campbell) who did Casino Royale, I think that we can expect some well-shot action scenes.
Your Highness (red band trailer) (April 8, 2011)
Starring: James Franco, Danny McBride, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Theroux
I love Pineapple Express and its director, David Gordon Green (great to see him teaming up with James Franco, Danny McBride, and Zooey Deschanel again). But this 3.5 minute trailer left me cold. McBride is funny here (and it’s great to see him get a starring role), but the whole thing looks far too broad. Historical comedy isn’t my favourite genre to begin with, and this looks far more sophomoric than I would expect from the names involved. Watch the trailer here.
Starring: Sam Riley, Jason Statham, 50 Cent, Ray Winstone, Mickey Rourke, Michael Shannon
13 has already been released abroad (and a Russian trailer hit the internet a few months back), but the star-studded film has struggled to find North American distribution. I absolutely adored Sam Riley in Control, and I’m interested in anything that he makes. 13 looks like a stylish take on a standard crime thriller, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But if it weren’t for Riley’s refreshing screen presence, I’d say that this trailer could double for a low-key version of The Expendables. Watch the trailer here.
Red Riding Hood (March 2011)
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Virginia Madsen, Julie Christie, Lukas Haas, Billy Burke
Everyone has been talking about how much Red Riding Hood looks like director Catherine Hardwicke’s last effort, Twilight. And with Robert Pattinson doppelgangers and all, I have to agree. Twilight had some genuine style to it, so Red Riding Hood could potentially be interesting. But it could also be shamelessly pandering to thirteen year old girls.