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Top 5 Movie Trailers of the Week

From Austenland to The Spectacular Now, here’s what I thought of some of the movie trailers that were released recently:

Austenland

Obsessed with the BBC production of “Pride and Prejudice”, a woman travels to a Jane Austen theme park in search for her perfect gentleman.

No shade to Stephanie Meyer (writer of the Twilight books), but I knew this film was not going to be good as soon as I heard that she was the producer. And the reviews out of Sundance were not very good, so my forecast was pretty accurate. Starring Keri Russell, Austenland is based on a rather mediocre book about a woman who is obsessed with Mr. Darcy and Jane Austen’s novels – you know how it goes. Chances are you know someone like this in your life or you are that person. And if it’s not Jane Austen that he or she is obsessed with, then it’s those damn Twilight books.

Anyways, having seen the trailer, I have to say that it looks like a pretty decent popcorn flick. I would definitely watch this on Netflix or rent the DVD and then just curl up on the couch in my pajamas and enjoy the next 90 minutes or so of pure fluff and lighthearted entertainment.

Filth

A bipolar, bigoted junkie cop manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season in a bid to secure promotion and win back his wife and daughter.

Filth looks hilariously outrageous and positively shameless, which – given the title of the movie – comes as no surprise. Based on a book by Scottish writer Irvine Welsh, it stars James McAvoy as a dirty cop living in Scotland. Right away, the trailer shows him receiving what appears to be a blackmail-blowjob from an under-aged girl. Yes, it’s that type of movie. The trailer also features kinky sex, illegal drug use, vomiting, strippers, hallucinations, and McAvoy using his natural, Scottish accent. Jamie Bell, Imogen Poots, and Jim Broadbent co-star.

Oldboy

An advertising executive is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his punishment, only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.

When I first heard that Spike Lee was remaking Oldboy, I wasn’t exactly thrilled. After seeing the trailer, I remain less than thrilled over the whole thing.

It looks like it’s a shot-for-shot remake of the original film, which I absolutely adore. On top of that, they’ve replaced the Korean cast with a mostly white cast. I think Spike Lee is a terrific director. He did a great job with Do The Right Thing and Malcolm X, and I think people who haven’t seen the original will definitely be on board for this one. But having seen the source material that this film is based on, and knowing what the surprise twist ending is, I’m just not here for this – at all.

Saving Mr. Banks

Author P.L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood as Walt Disney adapts her novel Mary Poppins for the big screen.

So, it turns out if you search for P.L. Travers on Wikipedia, you’ll find that she hated the Disney musical adaptation of Mary Poppins well into her 90s and refused to do another Poppins/Disney collaboration. I’m assuming the filmmakers have tweaked that part for the ending (it’s produced by Disney after all).

To be quite honest, I haven’t made up my mind about the trailer. Tonally, it definitely feels like one of those feel-good biopics that Oscar voters love to eat up. But, I don’t know. What I’m most interested in is Mary Poppin’s backstory and who the classic Disney character is based on – not so much the part where the movie proceeds to deify Walt Disney. And even though Travers reportedly hated the Disney version, I enjoyed it and thought it was rather cute.

The Spectacular Now

A hard-partying high school senior’s philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical “nice girl.”

The reviews that came out of Sundance about this movie were generally very positive. People seemed to absolutely love this movie, but the trailer doesn’t look all that impressive, in my humble opinion. It is refreshing to see a film about teenagers falling in love without throwing vampires or something equally supernatural into the mix, however. The performances are fantastic, from what I’ve heard, as well. So I’m interested in checking this one out.