For those of us who can’t get to preview screenings, for whatever reason (more on that later), and refuse to believe in the opinions of critics, the Trailer is still the most important inkling of what a new film’s all about. Good trailers give you a snapshot of the film, great trailers blind you to the fact that a film could be a bit shit, and a bad trailer means you won’t even get in the door of the multiplex/arthouse/fleapit. So Trailer Park is my way of previewing forthcoming releases, by reviewing the trailers. A plan…
Diary of the Dead
Just when you thought it was safe to get the video camera out, George A. Romero pops up, with Diary of the Dead showing us that even in a zombie holocaust, youtube still needs a-filling, and there’ll be teens with camcorders to get the job done.
The trailer itself is genius – the ‘electronic interference’ font, the zombies, and the line “There’s a zombie walking around – shoot it in the head!”. High-octane, creepy, zombie action. While the concept of zombies on home video may be easy to get across, this trailer’s got to be lauded for doing it in such a stylish way
8/10 – Face it, you’re going to want to see it after seeing that.
The Other Boleyn Girl
There was a preview of this in the cinema tonight, take-up of the free tickets was so great that I personally had to tell around 25 people that, umm, there were no seats. So there’s demand for this, although mostly among older middle-class women from what I saw. As for the trailer, well this is what happens when you try to boil down an entire film into 2 minutes. The result is an overbearing voiceover, shagging, costumes, DRAMATIC music, and some highly questionable accents.
6/10 – The kind of trailer that is only ever going to get the standard period drama audience to come out.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. A little girl. A bulldog. An American sport. It’s like the set-up for a joke. And the trailer doesn’t really make much headway in that kind of thinking. For starters, kids won’t give 2 shits about the overly-dramatic and unconvincing pocket portrayal of Johnson as an NFL great. Things just get worse from there, complete with a ‘Stanley’s Cup’ voiceover and a shot of a dog in a tutu.
3/10 – If you don’t like the idea of a wrestler acting alongside a child in a coming-of-age comedy, this isn’t going to change your mind.