I might be the best, most impartial judge around when it comes to a face off between Twilight and The Hunger Games, and their respective movie adaptations. I’ve never read the books, never seen any of the movies and never harbored a secret crush on any of the actors – for real (sorry Taylor Lautner, I know you’re kind of a big deal with pre-teens and their moms, but I just don’t get it). I do know the basic story lines, though. One’s got vampires and werewolves and shit, and the other one’s got sci-fi teenagers fighting to the death in a gladiator-meets-Tron kinda deal. Those are the obvious things, but do you wanna know the other major difference? One looks like it suuuucks…
If you’ve been unfortunate enough to have already seen the trailer for Adam Sandler’s latest movie, JACK AND JILL, you might have asked yourself – Is this shit for real? – only to discover the sad, sad fact that it was indeed. If there’s any lesson to be learned from Eddie Murphy’s career (besides having your mouth so glued to Brett Ratner’s butt you have to follow him wherever he goes, like into the Oscars and right back out of them again), it’s not to dress up as the fat, female version of yourself and then star opposite her. But Sandler did it anyway, and it looks so unbelievably bad, so excruciatingly unwatchable, many people are questioning its authenticity, citing the parody trailers in the beginning of TROPIC THUNDER as more believable.
What’s up with actors doing double duty in the movies this Fall? First it was George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Daniel Craig and now Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in two films that couldn’t be more different. In the scattered, disconnected mess that is the PREMIUM RUSH trailer, I gather he plays some kind of fixed gear fanatic, the kind of guy you meet at a party and all he can talk about is how his bike is fixed in one gear all the time and doesn’t have brakes! (The kind of guy, btw, one meets all too often living in Brooklyn.) But Gordon-Levitt doesn’t play your average bike messenger; He’s more like a bike messenger superhero, his super power being delivering packages by taking the most dangerous, complicated and taxi-clogged routes. According to the movie, bike messengers treat all their deliveries like ticking time bombs, barreling through streets, tire-hopping off moving vehicles and skidding to sudden stops. It looks like Gordon-Levitt gets hit by a car, like, four times in this trailer. All while trying to save a cute girl (aka Cho Chan from HARRY POTTER) from a crime she didn’t mean to commit! What a stud!
The first thing you’re going to notice about these two trailers for FOOTLOOSE is that only one of them actually uses the song “Footloose,” by Kenny Loggins. You know the song – it’s the one that was written for the movie, was named after it and the lyrics basically spell out the plot. Guess which trailer uses it? The original, that’s right. What, could the sad sack remake not get the rights to the movie’s title track? Or was this a conscious move that someone who’s probably since been fired thought was an ‘edgy’ choice?