Tonight I saw a trailer for the upcoming sci-fi comedy “Paul.”
This was a pretty classic example of a movie where even a 15-second TV trailer quite adequately tells me that this movie is going to be awful beyond all belief. “This is going to be a shitfest of the first order” was my initial reaction. It looks like an absolute pile of dung.
But to my admitted surprise, Rotten Tomatoes is running it at about 65% Fresh, which approximates to “It’s not great, and you could argue not even good, but it’s not an absolute pile of dung.” So I might be wrong about “Paul.”
Usually my general impression of a trailer is correct. I expected “Rango” to be good, and it was. I expected “Gnomeo and Juliet” to be crap, and it was. I could tell from the trailer than “Red Riding Hood” would be indescribably awful, and indeed the reports are that the picture is a crime against art. All the best movies I’ve seen in the last number of years had trailers that had me thinking “Hey, that looks pretty good.” All the movies I saw that sucked were ones where I had a bad feeling from the trailers. Movies that turned out to be guilty pleasures looked, in the trailers, like they would be guilty pleasures, like “Machete,” which was obviously going to be stupid but in a fun, joking way. Movies that looked like they would be bloated CGI fests were exactly so.
How accurate is your trailer-fu?
Can you think of a movie that looked great in the trailer but turned out to be a peice of shit?
Can you think of a movie where you thought the trailer looked stupid but the movie surprised you in being much better than you thought possible?