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Judge a film by its trailers?


So, I just sat down to watch Fracture. I’d understood that it was an ‘okay’ film, but I quite like Hopkins (despite his strange attempts at accents) and these sorts of crime stories, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. The trailers amused me, though, as it was a strange mixture of things.

The Golden Compass — Irritating beyond compare (to the point where I refuse to give it a link, I’m afraid). A poor film, although visually attractive. A ruined ending, and I will always be aggravated by the change of name (it’s not a golden compass!).

The Number 23 — Someone described this to me as “mindnumbingly mediocre”. Yet, I still want to watch it. I like Jim Carrey, and just like A Beautiful Mind (which is a very good film, and I’m sure is a thousand times better), it has an interesting premise. So, I’ll put that in my Netflix queue.

Michael Clayton — When I watched this film in the cinema, I thought it was mindnumbingly mediocre, predictable and unexciting in every possible way. Yet the trailer makes it seem rather attractive, so perhaps I’ll give that another watch.

Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner — This shows the age of the DVD, as the 25th anniversary was in 2007. I went to see the director’s cut of Blade Runner in the cinema when it was being screened for the anniversary, and I will always love that film. I love the book (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep) and its subtler premise more, perhaps, but the film is excellent nonetheless. I never saw anything much about this ‘making of’ documentary, though. I’m sure it’s interesting, but probably not quite my thing.

And then, right out of the blue…

Jekyll — That’s right, a UK TV mini-series with Jimmy Nesbitt (wonderfully amusing man) and Gina Bellman (always much-loved in Coupling, but good here too). Oh, and ‘The Bionic Woman’ (Michelle Ryan from the remake, but more or less just from Eastenders). I saw this when it was on TV, and it was good. Ingenious and nicely adapted. It was tongue-in-cheek, though, at least for part of the time. I’m sort of surprised to see it here, however. I suppose, like Merlin (also amusingly tongue-in-cheek), it sells well on the American market?

Oh, and how was Fracture, you say? Well, it was just exactly like its trailers: some beautiful aesthetic moments (the opening scene in particular), in the main entertaining and enjoyable, with a few moments of ‘What are you doing?’ thrown in for good measure! (I mean, honestly, what woman swims with all that jewelery on?)

I suppose you can tell why I love the trailers most of all about movies!


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