I saved the best-looking movie trailers until last. But before I get to those.....
BALLS OF FURY
My Take: How is it possible that Jack Black didn't wind up in this movie, and why am I suspicious that we've seen all the funny parts?
Okay, now the GOOD stuff.
I AM LEGEND
My Take: Will Smith is the last man on the planet? I can dig, baby. If anyone can pull it off it would be him. My understanding is that while there are no humans left on earth, there are 700 million vampires. Talk about your Fresh Meat of Bel Air.
ELIZABETH 2: THE GOLDEN AGE
My Take: Who ever heard of making a sequel to an historical epic, and how effing cool is that? ELIZABETH is one of the most underrated movies of the late '90s, completely ignored because of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (not only was LIZ better, but Blanchett deserved Best Actress of Paltrow. There. I said it.) The idea that they brought the same actors back (well, those left alive after the first one), for part 2, which deals with the time of the Armada has me giddy.
THE GOLDEN COMPASS
My take: I have no idea if this will work, but that is one kick-ass preview, n'est pas? The story is taken from the first book of the "His Dark Materials" trilogy, by Phillip Pullman. A friend tried to get me to read once, but I can't remember who that was now. If you were that friend, speak up! Buzz is that Pullman's trilogy is sort of Harry Potter meets Narnia meets Lord of the Rings. Supposedly the books are addictive like Harry Potter, but darker. I'm willing to give it a try. Meanwhile New Line, who made the LOTR series, is investing the same 150 million dollars in this, hoping it will be huge. After seeing that Polar Bear, here's hoping!
UNTITLED 1-18-08 JJ ABRAMS PROJECT
My Take: Shown before TRANSFORMERS, this yet unnamed movie shows several friends in New York on a night when all hell breaks loose. Secrecy has been HUGE here, but word is it's some sort of monster movie. Abrams is the mind that brought us Felicity, Alias and Lost on the small screen and MI:III on the big so I'm willing to go on faith for now. Hyperion LOVES it when a preview whets your appetite without giving the movie's secrets away, and this certainly does that.