I’ve been both out of town and under the weather for the past day and a half so I missed the release of several major trailers, so I thought I would pitch in with my thoughts on each. Check out my thoughts below and vote for which trailer you enjoyed the most in the comments.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
The epic scale that the final two installments are going to try and achieve are previewed in the latest trailer for Part 1. The last film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, did a fantastic job of transitioning from the lighter tone that has been present throughout the series to the darkness that is present throughout the final book. The trailer does an excellent job of building up expectations for the film with a brilliant choral and orchestral soundtrack and marvelous editing. I’m curious about the frequent use of skewed shots where the image looks stretched. I’m trying to remember what from the book would suggest such a technique and I hope that it is not a gimmick. Nevertheless the trailer is fantastic and has me absolutely pumped for my second most anticipated film of the fall/winter.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 will be in theatres in the U.S. on November 19, 2010.
The King’s Speech
One of the films that came out of the Toronto and Telluride Film Festival with the greatest hype was Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech starring Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, and Geoffrey Rush. In the first trailer we get a good look at what the critics have been buzzing about as every performance within the 2 minutes of footage looks absolutely fantastic. The trailer is set up like the movie is trying to sell itself as an Oscar contender with careful insertion of World War II footage, dramatic acting performances, clever cinematography, and an inspiring through line: “Why should I waste my time listening to you?” “Because I have a voice!” “Yes you do.”
The King’s Speech will be in theatres in the U.S. on November 24, 2010.
Oliver Assayas’ epic 5-hour movie about political terrorist/activist Carlos the Jackal opened at the Cannes Film Festival to rave reviews with Todd McCarthy saying that the movie accomplishes everything that Steven Soderbergh’s Che was trying to do. The film is being released in the U.S. by IFC Films and its theatrical release has been trimmed down to a running time of 2 hours and 20 minutes. The trailer looks fantastic, but I think I’m going to wait until the full-length film is released on DVD instead of seeing the abbreviated version in theatres.
Carlos will be released in the U.S. on October 15, 2010.
Which trailer is the best? Which movie are you most excited for?