Trailer Blazer: 'Harry Potter,' 'Jarhead,' 'Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang'
New movie trailer footage for you:
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Nov. 18) Friday’s episode of Extra featured the premiere of this 45-second teaser from the fourth Potter pic, whose highlights are a bunch of effects shots and a glimpse of Harry’s sweetie, Cho Chang (Katie Leung). By the way, is it just me, or have Daniel Radcliffe (Harry) and Rupert Grint (Ron) not had haircuts since the series began?
Jarhead (Nov. 4) Pro-war movie or anti-war movie? The images in this trailer, featuring Jake Gyllenhaal in the Charlie Sheen role as the naive young recruit, Chris Cooper in the F. Lee Ermey role as the hard-boiled Marine officer, and Jamie Foxx in the Samuel L. Jackson role as the badass, look like the footage from every other combat movie. On the other hand, the musical choices (Bobby McFerrin’s ”Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” Kanye West’s ”Jesus Walks”) imply a sense of irony and doubt that’s at odd with the trailer’s action sequences. See and decide for yourself.
Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang (Sept. 16) The French are suckers for convention-tweaking send-ups of violent genre films, and evidently for legendary movie critic Pauline Kael, whose remark about the primal elements of movie appeal is the source of this film’s title. How else to explain why this film was a hit at Cannes, when, to look at the trailer, it looks just as jokey, incoherent, crude, and violent as everything else Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout) has ever written? Still, this film has crazy-but-brilliant Val Kilmer and Robert Downey Jr. in it; the notion of teaming these two (as a sleuth and a thief pretending to be an actor) is more imaginative than anything else in this clip.