Super Bowl Movie Trailer Roundup

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 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?

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)

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?

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?

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.


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.

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  • Josh Emerson

    Hey, some of us enjoyed Transformers! I’ll be checking out the sequel. From last night’s trailers, I also think Land of the Lost (I’m still a Will Ferrell fan), Star Trek, and Year One look like they could be enjoyable.

  • Linda B.

    I was so excited to see the trailer for Fast and Furious. I wasn’t expecting much from the first one and loved it. The sequels – not so much. So to me it’s cool they have all the original cast back. Shame they couldn’t get the original director back too.

    Somehow missed the GI Joe trailer. When was that on?

    Can’t wait for Star Trek. I hope it’s good. I liked First Contact.

    Looking forward to Land of the Lost too. I saw Sleestacks in the trailer!!!! Cool!

  • CT

    Holy crap, is the tvaddict grouchy this morning? “Hated it, not inteersted, hated it, concerned about it, bored now.” LOL

    The Transformers trailer looks pretty much like a rehash of the original, which I, too, fell asleep during. Never finished it. And I’ve never seen a Fast & Furious movie, so that one’s lost on me. But Angels & Demons actually looks more interesting than Da Vinci, Land Of The Lost had me at the title (not to mention Ferrell’s hysterical, “No, that’s adorable. Taxpayer money”). I was STUNNED by how much I loved the trailer for GI Joe (which I didn’t even know they were making and would have predicted myself having zero interest in). Witch Mountain… well, I have to admit, I loved the original flicks, so I’m totally on board for this. And Year One? Nope, sorry, but until Cera gets his head out of his ass with regards to the Arrested Development movie, I refuse to see anything of his. (Not to mention this looks inanely stupid.)

  • Ace

    Apparently this is going to be the year of the campy movie :-P. I wish Will Ferrell would do more smart comedies. I <3 Stranger than Fiction so very much. I also love Anchorman, but I feel like he has been trying to recreate the awesomeness of that character for 5 years now… I’ll probably end up seeing a few of these, but only when my husband wants to rent them from Netflix :-P.

  • Josh C.

    outside of witch mountain and fast and the furious. I will probably see all of those movies.

  • Todd W in NC

    I will probably go see Transformers: The Fallen no matter what. I don’t know why; it’s just one of those things I can’t not do (yes, double negative intended).

    However, I may have to plan my day around it, because if it’s anything like the first movie, I expect to be angry afterwards. Like the first movie, the trailer for the sequel doesn’t impress me.

    Who knows; maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised. It might be better than the first; it might even be good. Or, I could end up wiping Michael Bay’s poo off my childhood again.

  • Todd W in NC

    Oh, and I forgot to mention Star Trek… Who knows; maybe that will be bad too, but I’m open-minded about what I’ve seen so far. I remain cautiously optimistic, and this is one of the movies I’m looking forward to the most this year.