3 Trailers: ‘The Way Back’, ‘The Illusionist’, ‘Hall Pass’

At the end of the week there was a rush of trailer releases that I couldn’t keep up with so I thought I would again combine them into one post for another trailer triple feature. Check out my thoughts on each of the new trailers and be sure to vote for your favorite in the comments.

The Way Back

The second trailer for Peter Weir’s historical epic seems very intent on emphasizing the “epic.” Sweeping camera shots, jump and fade-to-black cuts, and a reveal of the few moments of CGI used in the film. I’ve heard chatter around the web from those who have seen the movie that compares Weir’s style with David Lean. That comparison seems apt in the desert scenery that seems to be a clear reference to Lawrence of Arabia. The movie is not going to get much of an Oscar push with its late release date and lack of advanced screenings for Academy members, but based on this trailer it appears to be exactly the kind of film that would be showered with Oscars.

[Source: Coming Soon]

The Illusionist

A film that is quickly moving higher up my fall most anticipated list is Sylvain Chomet’s animated fairytale The Illusionist. The film has received fantastic reviews during its appearances at the Berlin, Edinburgh, and Toronto Film Festivals and it seems like the kind of film that is impossible not to love. 2009 set me up to expect huge things from animated films and apart from one or two successes, 2010 has been a more disappointing year. The Illusionist gives me hope that I may have another end of the year top ten that features more than one animated movie.

[Source: Apple Trailers]

Hall Pass

The Farrelly brothers are kind of like the M. Night Shyamalan of comedy. They started their career off very strong with such guilty pleasure comedies Dumb & Dumber, There’s Something About Mary, and Kingpin, but after that their films have been released with diminishing returns. The title “Hall Pass” is appropriate for their latest film because a lot of their movies get “hall passes” from critics because they are funny enough to overlook the vapid plot and borderline offensiveness. Their latest film does not look good by any stretch, but they just may have some strong comedy left in them.

[Source: Vulture]

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  • I don’t at all care for “Hall Pass”. “The Illusionist” looks beautiful, but I’m still waiting until I eventually see it. Still not quite sure how “The Way Back” will turn out, but I remain optimistic.

  • Andrew R.

    The first two-YES. The last one-NO.

  • Jose

    Way Back I’m still not sold on it

    The Illusionist, ever since my twin & I heard that its from the director of “The Triplets of Bellevile” we decided that we’d do anything in our power to see this film.

    I won’t even talk about Hall Pass.

  • I wouldn’t even call There’s Something About Mary a guilty pleasure. I think that is one of the great new comedies. But yeah, they sure dropped off a cliff. I’ve heard good things about The Heartbreak Kid though…. maybe?

  • I think the best performance in ‘The Way Back’ is looking like Sturgess. I just watched the trailer for like the 5th time, and he really sticks out.

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