Top 5 – Movie Trailers of The Superbowl 2011

So last night was the American Super Bowl. My twitter feed was full of complaints about Christina Aguilera’s Star Spangled Banner slip-up, football stats (which to be frank I didn’t understand at all) and my favourite part – the release of new movie trailers.

Any readers of this blog will know I am a huge film fan and there was a total of TWELVE new trailers released during the game. Here is a list of my five favourites.

1. I Am Number FourI am so excited for this film. I’ve been following it since the release of the initial teaser trailers and posters and think it looks great. It is based on a book about an alien who is being chased and, of course, develops into a love story. I’m so glad Alex Pettyfer is getting the recognition he deserves in Hollywood and he’s sure to be on you screens frequently as he is set to star in no less than three films this year.

2. Super 8The long awaited trailer for the J.J Abrams and Steven Spielberg collaboration is full of intrigue, excitement and strange happenings. With the tagline “Next Summer, It Arrives”, I’m certain this film will be a definite hit.

3. Captain America: The First AvengerThere’s a huge hype in America about this film and after starring in The Fantastic Four, I think Chris Evans can definitely pull off playing Captain America. If the trailer is anything to go by, I think this could make Evan’s profile huge.

4. Transformers 3: Dark Of The MoonThis is a definite upgrade from the previously released trailer. Although it still doesn’t give much information as to what the plot will be and how Megan Fox’s character is being written out, it’s made me even more excited for the release of the film.

5. Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – Before seeing this trailer I didn’t know whether this franchise could live on without Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, however, I’m now more convinced that it will be a hit, especially seeing some of the other old cast members are still in the film. The plot looks hilarious, but I do feel apprehensive as to whether I will like this film as much as it’s predecessors.

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One To Watch: Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

 

LaBeouf filming a scene

With the release of the latest teaser trailer for next year’s Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, many were upset that it didn’t show the chemistry between Shia LeBeouf and his new co-star Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. In fact, they don’t even feature in the trailer. Instead, we are given an interesting back-story surrounding the Apollo 11 landing in the alternate universe in which Transformers exist.

There has been lots of speculation as to how Huntington-Whiteley’s character can be introduced into the tale, after the very high profile sacking of fan favourite, Megan Fox, who was initially signed on to the film during principal photography.

The third instalment of the film franchise is set to be in 3D, making director Michael Bay adjust his filming techniques. Bay has acknowledged that this film will be more serious, after disappointing some fans with the last sequel.

“We tried to learn from the second movie. On the second movie we got burned. We had a writers strike, we had to agree on a story in three weeks, and then we knew they were going on strike… It was still an entertaining movie, but I think we failed on certain aspects. What we did with this movie is I think we have a much better script, and we got back to basics. … It’s more serious. I got rid of the dorky comedy; I mean we’ve got two little characters, that’s it, but the dorkiness is not there. Dork-free Transformers. It’s much more serious. It’s still entertaining; it’s big looking.”

Bay has also hinted that this would be the last Transformers film that he will direct and has suggested that LeBeouf is not interested in returning, making it all the more important for this final film to not only be a success in the box office, but also to be a success with the fans. Will you be watching Transformers: Dark Of The Moon? And what do you think about Megan Fox’s departure from the films?

One To Watch: Beastly

Beastly (2011)

I’ll be the first to admit, I am an absolute sucker for fairy stories. Some of my fondest memories from growing up are sitting watching Disney films with my sisters. Between us, we probably have every Disney Classic VHS and to this day, I could probably still quote them word for word.

One of my favourite Disney films growing up was ‘Beauty and The Beast’. I couldn’t tell you exactly why, but I think I identified with the main character Belle; she’s very close with her father and has a love for literature, two qualities that I can identify with. The Disney version of the film heavily focused on her, which is any young girls dream, to be able to compare herself with a Disney Princess. I was therefore, initially very hesitant when I heard that the film was being remade in a modern day setting.

‘Beastly’ is set to be released in 2011 and the new trailer has just been released online. It will star Vanessa Hudgens of High School Musical fame and English actor Alex Pettyfer. I have to say, after seeing the trailer, I still have my reservations about what the response to the film will be, just because the Disney adaptation is so iconic to people of my age. The film appears to be more focused on Pettyfer’s character, which, for me, could save the film. From the trailer, he seems to be captivating and I’m sure will be a huge success, having already been attached to Now (2011) which stars Amanda Seyfried, Justin Timberlake and Cillian Murphy among many other big names.

Despite my reservations, I’m sure I’ll be checking this film out. What do you think of the trailer?

One To Watch: The Hangover 2

 

Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha & Ed Helms return for the Hangover 2

2009’s surprise hit The Hangover, directed by Todd Phillips, was the tenth highest grossing film of the year, with a worldwide gross of over $467 million. The film won numerous awards including a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture (musical or comedy), so it is no surprise that it spawned a sequel. The Hangover 2 is due to be released on 30 May 2011 in the US so it is likely to have a UK release in early June.

There has been lots of speculation as to what the plot of the film could be. It has now been revealed that the men will now be heading to Thailand for Stu’s (Ed Helms) wedding.

A Warner Bros. press kit reveals:

“After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things don’t always go as planned. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in Bangkok can’t even be imagined.”

One To Watch: Red Riding Hood

Promotional Poster for 'Red Riding Hood'

With the film not due to be released until March 2011, ‘Red Riding Hood’ is already causing a stir virally since the release of it’s teaser trailer. Gone are the traditional elements of the classic story: the young heroine of the story is now Amanda Seyfried, who is featured in some very steamy moments with co-star Shiloh Fernandez in the trailer alone, and the infamous ‘big bad wolf’ is now a werewolf.

Perhaps the most discussed element of the trailer though, is it’s similarity to 2008’s ‘Twilight’. Coincidently, both films were directed by Catherine Hardwicke. MTV have even gone as far as to compare screen-shots from the 90 second trailer and ‘Twilight’.

Sure some comparisons are obvious, a love triangle, murders and supernatural elements. Also, the idea of ‘star-crossed lovers’, which was definitely not featured in the traditional ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ tale. But how can we really judge just how similar the films are based on a 90 second trailer? That’s why I’ll retain my judgement until the film is released next year.

In the meantime, check out the trailer: