What do you get if you put Brendan Fraser, Helen Mirren, and Gollum in the same movie? No, that’s not a trick question, it’s the trailer for Inkheart, a fantasy flick that’s apparently about a girl and her dad who can make literary characters spring to life.
Sounds like an interesting idea — and Cornelia Funke’s book series is well-read and well-loved — but it suffers from just feeling like another unfortunate attempt to grab at Lord of the Rings treasure. What’s more, it just doesn’t look all that special. Andy Serkis doesn’t summon the right brand of malice to be a truly substantial villain, and even though Inkheart‘s got Paul Bettany and Helen Mirren to its credit, Brendan Fraser might just cancel them out.