Marvel’s Ant-Man is the latest installment (by my count, this is the 11th movie in the franchise) in their Cinematic Universe and is currently soaking up all of the box office money. Isn’t it amazing that Marvel has just released a movie starring one of its lesser known protagonists and yet it’s still debatable whether or not DC Comics can even get their franchise off the ground? I digress… frankly, Ant-Man is business as usual (more than usual, actually), but that doesn’t mean it’s not good fun. Read the rest of this entry
Today, I felt like dropping a little trailer jambalaya on ya.
Within a few days, I saw both The Green Lantern and Cowboys and Aliens movie trailers. After viewing both, I decided I need to get an unbiased opinion; as a comic book reading/movie junkie, my opinion didn’t seem like a fair appraisal, so I sat my girlfriend down and subjected her to flashing lights, people yelling and explosions.
First, we watched The Green Lantern trailer. After it was over, I asked her what she made of it, and she was able to gist of what the Green Lantern was all about. I asked her what she thought about the aliens and she only mentioned “the red guy he got the ring from,” so I put the trailer on again without sound so we could bask in the digital glory. Each crazy alien member of The Green Lantern Core is crazier looking than the next, so I thought I’d take a minute and explain what the Green Lantern Corps is, which led us to a brief discussion about Green Lantern attire. I’m not sure if people are going to buy this – I think a of people might see this trailer and think, “This looks stupid,” but nevertheless, the trailer gives you enough tools to make a decision. It’s a more effective trailer than I thought, though – a non-comic book person could deal with this.
Then we watched the Cowboys and Aliens trailer. When it finished and I saw that, “What the shiz was that?” look on her face, I immediately concurred: “I know, right?” Apparently, we weren’t wrong: the crowd at a midnight “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” in Santa Monica thought it was hilarious. I think its fair to say that we were closer to confusion than laughter. Besides the weird thing on Daniel Craig’s arm, the trailer start’s off promisingly enough, but the rest is just a big genre mash-up that defies logic, or at least doesn’t gives an audience waiting to watch Harry Potter the ability to suspend disbelief. As the New York Times pointed out, Dreamworks and Company have a lot of marketing work to do before the movie comes out. I can’t imagine Cowboys and Aliens is as corny as Independence Day was, but then, that title is a step in that direction. It’s not that I didn’t understand what I was seeing, I just didn’t get it, if you will.
I’d say next summer doesn’t look very promising, but I’d be wrong – we’ve got Captain America coming out! I know we haven’t gotten any trailer yet, but I’m expecting Marvel to do this right; they haven’t screwed up in a while (unless it’s true they’ve making another Ghost Rider movie), and how hard is it to have Cap run around and punch Nazis/Hydra agents in the face? The trailer will tell…