3 Trailers – ‘The King’s Speech’, ‘Deathly Hallows’, ‘Carlos’

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?

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  • I think that the stretching in the “Deathly Hallows” trailer is just there for show. It’s a problem with the trailer, and it won’t be present in the film so it’s not a problem at all.

  • Jose

    The best of the three is The King’s Speech, the one I’m anticipating the most is still Harry Potter even though this trailer feels sort of dissapointing after the first trailer that premiered over the Summer. But after repeat viewings I’ve grown to love it as something different, but The King’s speech still takes the cake.

    As for the stretching, not sure what you’re talking about, maybe its when Harry and Voldemort are doing that weird telapathic connection thing. There’s another one that appears when it looks like Harry is casting a Patronous, it could be for show, but if it is in the movie it could have a nice dramatic disorientation effect.

  • Well according to a friend the stretching is for when he uses the “traslador” (Spanish word), i’m not sure how you’d call it in English but i think it’s what he uses when he transports himself from one location to another; he also supposes the stretching is used for the scenes where Harry has visions of Voldemort.

    The King’s Speech is the one i’m looking forward to the most.

  • Jose

    Apparate and the the telepathy I was talking about.

  • Now, in terms of trailer quality, I’ve still got to favor “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1”, because “The King’s Speech”s trailer is a little bit strangely edited.

  • Oh yes yes Jose mentioned the telepathy thing.

    I don’t remember much from the book, read it years ago and only half of it :-/

  • Jose

    I know that Duncan, but overral The King’s Speech trailer surprised me and left me excited for the film, and in a way spoke to me.

    I know that the Harry Potter trailer has the better editing and stuff, but I just prefer the other one.

    Carlos does look like something worth checking out in the near future though.

  • I don’t care what others say. I love The King’s Speech trailer. I can see everything that is wrong with it. But something is sticking out. I love the modern touch to it, the music and the last shot of Colin Firth.

    I am I the only one who is left with the impression that Geoffory Rush looks amazing? Like potentially show-stealing amazing.

  • Andrew R.

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1-I think I died.

    King’s Speech-Looks excellent, but a little weirdly edited.

    Carlos-Waiting for the DVD.

  • Jose

    Davin, isn’t that what some reviews indicated during the film festivels it was screened?

  • Most reviews got carried away talking about Firth and Hooper. I don’t consider Rush to be the frontrunner in supporting actor either. That category is quickly becoming huge.

  • I saw “The King’s Speech” yesterday, and it’s definitely a front-runner in most of it’s races.

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