The Old Switcheroo. Everybody says they love a surprise, but in reality they're a 50/50 proposition. This week's collection of trailers anticipates the viewer's expectations (or at least, my expectations) and, for good or ill, gives us something else.
It's certainly not unheard of for a trailer to contain no footage whatsoever from the film it's promoting, but I still find it jarring. After the studio released those freaky pictures of John Travolta playing an obese woman, the producers of Hairspray let us down big time with a teaser trailer that shows nothing of the actual movie. Who knows? It might be a great flick, but you certainly can't tell from this.
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
This May be the rare case of the sequel surpassing the original, though in this instance it wouldn't take much. The switch here is that I originally expected this film to suck like a Hoovermatic. The previous film took one of greatest collections of comic book characters from Marvel Comics' golden age, endowed them with miraculous abilities, then busies itself with said characters trying to "cure" themselves. Yawn. Put on a costume and fight crime, people, this is a super hero movie. The trailer for this sequel, however, shows a lot of promise. The opening scene takes place at the wedding of Reed Richards and Sue Storm, a landmark moment in early Marvel history, with most of the preview showing The Human Torch chasing the Silver Surfer through the skies and tunnels of New York City. This one put me back in touch with my inner comic book geek. He's taller than I remembered. Scott Weinberg discussed the trailer here.