If you’re anything like this TV Addict, odds are fairly good that one of the only reasons you tuned into last night’s “Big Game,” aside from (a) the food, (b) the post-Super Bowl episode of THE OFFICE (which embarrassingly enough we failed to get through thanks to reason “a”) and (c) Bruce Springsteen — were the movie trailers.
Which is why we thought we’d defer to our good friends over at theREELaddict.com for a little more in-depth analysis than our usual: “OMG! We cannot wait for J.J. Abrams STAR TREK to beam down!” and “Please G.I. JOE, do not eviscerate all of our fondest childhood memories like TRANSFORMERS did!” Ready?
Says the REEL Addict: As a non-Trekkie I’m certainly excited for this rebooting of this franchise to make it slightly more accessible and mainstream (and noticeably action packed), but does anyone else find that the whole “James Kirk is a loose cannon” angle been pushed so hard in all the promotional stuff is getting old? Maybe even a little worrying?
Adds the TV Addict: Where do I line up and when can I start?
Says the REEL Addict: I can’t say I was a fan of the cartoon growing up, of any Stephen Sommers movie after THE MUMMY, or of any of the posters and/or screenshots that have been released for this film, but apparently if you throw a destroyed Eiffel Tower, some nifty and absurd aerial acrobatics and Dennis Quiad at me I’m sold.
Adds the TV Addict: I’m not sure what worries me more, the inclusion of that-would-have-been-so-cool-five-years-ago “Crouching Tiger” fight choreography or that the trailer actually boasts that GI: JOE is “from the director of THE MUMMY.” Thoughts?
TRANSFORMERS 2: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN
Says the REEL Addict: If you’re a Michael Bay produced/directed sequel to TRANSFORMERS and you get only thirty seconds to make an impression during the Super Bowl what to you do to get people excited? Show them big f—–g robots. I know the first one has a lot of detractors, but as someone who enjoyed the heck out of it, this spot makes it seem like it’s more of the same, and hey, that works for me.
Adds the TV Addict: Considering I fell asleep through the first
glorified toy commercial movie, I have a feeling that I’m not exactly in Michael Bay’s target demographic (read: twelve year olds with too much time on their hands)
ANGELS & DEMONS
Says the REEL Addict: It’s a tell tale sign that when watching this hum-ho promo spot (for a pseudo-sequel to DA VINCI CODE that I’m not sure anyone really wanted), the only reaction it elicited out of me was: “Ewan McGregor is in this?”
Adds the TV Addict: While I’m not exactly running to see Ron Howard’s DA VINCI CODE follow-up, I’m going to at least applaud the man for putting Tom Hank’s hair back to normal. Seriously, what were they thinking?
FAST & FURIOUS
Says the REEL Addict: As someone who actually digs the original, I do sort of welcome the return of the original cast. I’m even sort of okay with the blatant attempt to exponentially boost the action, cars are flying everywhere factor. Besides, you have to love the cheeky tag line at the end, reminding us that this is a “new model, original parts.” Makes me think this movie knows what it is, and is okay with it. Except for the fact that it’s so embarrassed it’s a fourth installment it ditches anything that could make you think that.
Adds the TV Addict: Of course the big question remains, will I really be able to pick up on all the underlining themes and appreciate this fourth installment having missed movies one through three?
LAND OF THE LOST
Says the REEL Addict: I don’t know, call me mean, but based on this brief glimpse this look about as good as the special effects on that T-Rex (and that’s despite the fact that I know it’s supposed to be a little bad/funny/campy looking). Then again maybe I’m just bitter I couldn’t see more of the adorable Anna Friel and disgruntled that Matt Lauer seems to be in every film these days.
Adds the TV Addict: Will Ferrell playing a variation of the same character he’s delivered for the better part of a decade. Count us out.
Says the REEL Addict: Largely this promo isn’t nearly as funny as it thinks it is, but the hunter vs. maker conversation and Paul Rudd’s delivery of “Hey, did you shoot my cow?” make it worth checking out. That, and seeing Michael Cera, Jack Black, David Cross and Paul Rudd in a scene together. (Well, okay, maybe not Jack Black).
Adds the TV Addict: Michael Cera, Jack Black, David Cross and Paul Rudd, count us in.
RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN
Says the REEL Addict: You know, I don’t know if it’s because it seems like this movie (and The Rock) is trying way too hard, or if it’s so disjointed or out there with its alien story, but something about this just isn’t doing it for me. The Rock’s non-sequesters don’t help either.
Adds the TV Addict: Count us among the many who have undoubtedly wondered why Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson sold his soul to the Disney corporation.