It’s been said a hundred times before, and it remains true: The best part about going to the movies (well, besides eating $7 candy and actually watching the movie you paid to see) is the trailers. But enjoying trailers has gone well beyond watching roughly 73 of them before your film starts. And if you were a super pop-culture nerd from an early age like me, you enjoyed previews so much you never dared to fast-forward through them on your VHS. (C’mon, you had to watch the FernGully preview before Home Alone started, didn’t you?)
With the winners of the 12th Annual Golden Trailer awards having just been announced (The Social Network, was rightfully rewarded, among other wins, with the Best in Show trophy), and the fact that trailers can be enjoyed online whenever we want, it got me thinking about my all-time favorite trailer.
Though I’ve been guilty of watching The Muppets teasers and the trailer for Crazy Stupid Love repeatedly lately (which, I assure you, PopWatchers, has nothing to do with Ryan Gosling’s abs. It has everything to do with it), they don’t yet make my list. I certainly would rank The Social Network in my top five (seriously, how perfect was that Radiohead cover?) but the honor of my all-time favorite belongs to 2007’s masterful The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
Without a single line of dialogue, the beautiful trailer uses the perfect music to set the tone — including the always goose bump-inducing “Explosions in the Sky” — with amazing imagery from director Julian Schnabel that helps tell the heartbreaking yet inspirational true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric). All in under two-and-a-half minutes. It got me the first time I saw it and it still does.
But, I want to open the floor up to you, PopWatchers: Which trailer is your all-time favorite? Do the eye-popping visual effects and unforgettable score from Inception still make your head spin like a top or does the red-band Pineapple Express trailer still make you choke with laughter? Are the Lord of the Rings trailers almost as satisfying for you as watching the movies themselves, or are you still haunted by the mystery of Catfish, despite already knowing what the twist is? Share in the comments section below!