Trailer Blazer: 'Juno,' 'Funny Games,' and 'The Bucket List'
I was out of the country all last week, living in a fun bubble breathing movies 24-7 for EW in Toronto. Had no time to stay abreast of world affairs—or brand-new movie trailers. So let’s get caught up.
Check out the preview for Juno, the new movie by Jason Reitman (Thank You for Smoking) that EW.com has kind of already has covered to death, following its debut in Toronto last week. Let’s scale back the hype—the movie’s not opening till December—by simply saying here: most excellent trailer!
Here now is a less excellent trailer. This one’s for Funny Games, a remake of the 1997 Michael Haneke movie that Haneke himself is re-directing. (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth star.) I liked Cache and loved, loved, loved The Piano Teacher, Haneke’s two other high-profile previous films; I haven’t seen the original Funny Games but I hear it’s intense. You figure this new one will be too — but something about the way this trailer overuses Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King” strikes me as stale and not very creepy and even unintentionally amusing in places.
Back to feel-good trailers. Opening December 25 and starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, The Bucket List sure comes off looking like a gooey, warm slice of Christmas pie. They’re two guys with cancer out to live-it-up before they croak — I’m hoping for Scent of a Woman mixed with The Shawshank Redemption and not, I dunno, The Evening Star.
You wanna see any of these movies?