Cinematical has been bringing you news about John C. Reilly's spoof comedy, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story for a while now. With its December release date quickly approaching (just in time for the final Oscar push... *snort*), a trailer has popped up online -- the same one that screened at ComicCon. I've been waiting to see it for a while, and now that it's here, I'm confused. It's not quite what I was expecting, and I don't quite know what to make of it. It uses that ploy where it starts off looking dramatic, and then surprises you with the humor, but unlike other trailers, this one doesn't seem to lose its serious tone. Take a moment and chew on lines like "I need Cox," and "In my dreams, you're blowing me.... some kisses." Now go over to /film and check out the trailer.
Is it what you imagined? It keeps this almost-serious music biopic tone to it, which I find really stifles the humor. Yet the comedy is there. Reilly plays up lots of raunchy sexuality with Jenna Fischer, there's goofy outfits, stupidity and even some great cameos -- Paul Rudd as John Lennon, Jack White doing an impressively funny Elvis and some stage time for musicians like Jewel and Lyle Lovett. But I'm not the only one who is disappointed*. Peter Sciretta at /film said he wasn't impressed, and this morning, our own Erik Davis described it as "weird, yet strangely hypnotic". Since it's coming from Judd Apatow and Jake Kasdan, maybe our expectations are too high.
What do you think? Do you like the trailer? Is the tone right? If you're not impressed, why?
*While I'm disappointed in the trailer, I'm still holding out hope for the film.