Hey all, Podcast Rob here,
One of my biggest gripes about movies is how amazingly misleading the first thing we see about them is…. The Trailer. I feel that, over time, the movie industry has gotten more insidious with movies that, while they may publicly praise and hype up, are worried internally about siad movie’s performance… so they go out of their way to make the trailer look as tasty as possible to get ases in seats even when they know the movie won’t live up to it. I suppose in a way it’s no different than seeing a commercial of an amazingly delicious looking burger only to open the container and see roadkill on a bun.
That said.. here’s a few of my BIGGEST issues….
Avengers : Age of Ultron. Look, I love me some James Spader, and when I first heard him as the voice of Ultron I thought this movie was going to be a homerun. The eerie “I’ve got no Strings” was shiver-inducing. Unfortunately, the movie left me watching itless like Thor seeing Cap almost lift the hammer, and more like Ultron watching humanity and just shaking his head…
Highlander : Endgame. Yes, yes, yes… “There Should Have Been Only One” (they’re not wrong…). Biggest gripe about this movie? There’s a scene in the trailer when the silhouettes of Connor and Duncan are fighting Kell (aside : What’s with K for all the bad guy names? Kurgan, Katana, Kane, Kell…), and Kell gets cut in half and becomes TWO Kells, each fighting one of the Highlander pair. It was something no Highlander villain had done before, and would have been amazing to see on the screen, except that was ONLY in the trailer and never mentioned nor teased in the movie.
The Crow : City of Angels. There’s a version of the theatrical trailer from 1996 that shows a shadow on an exterior wall of a crow landing and transforming into Ashe Corvin (not the WORST name in the movie… I still laugh that the guy who played “Judah Earl” in The Crow : CoA also played “Jubal Early” in Firefly….). Another instance of establishing something completely new in the canon of the movies that never actually made it into the movie.
Godzilla (1998). They shows JUST enough of Godzilla rampaging through New York City to get you really excited, and the scream at the end sent chills down your spine.. but once the whole creature was revealed, the “Uhhh… what?” was just the start of the repetition of that phrase throughout the rest of the film.
Matrix : Resurrections. This trailer hit the nostalgia vein for sure, but not only was the movie an unnecessary and thinly-veiled money grab by the studio… the movie was self-aware enough to TELL you it was an unnecessary and thinly-veiled money grab.
What are some of your trailers that were better than the movies?
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