Films seen in the last week: The Muppets (again), Big Miracle, Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace (3D), American Evil, This Means War
FILM OF THE WEEK: The Muppets
Pet Hate: Scenes In Trailers That Aren't In The Movie
In the last couple of weeks there have been two glaring examples of one of my pet hates: scenes in trailers that don't make it into the movies (and, more often than you'd think, don't even make it into the deleted scenes on the DVD). I'm sure there are a variety of reasons for this, but it annoys me just the same, especially when the scene is a particularly good joke. The first example was in the official trailer for The Muppets (as opposed to all the spoof trailers, where it's obviously fair enough). There's a great gag where all the Muppets are crammed into the car and Muppet favourite 'Mahna-Mahna' is playing on the car stereo ... and they're not singing along. If that's not on the eventual Muppet DVD, I'm going to be very annoyed.
Another example is in the Chronicle trailer (at the 1m07s mark). Now, I don't want to sound cynical, but if you include a scene with a half naked woman in your trailer (in this case it's the second lead's would-be girlfriend and the implication is that he removes her clothes with his mind or something), then a sizeable proportion of your audience is going to be a little annoyed if that scene doesn't make it into the final film. Will that scene be on the DVD? I doubt it. (Another thing that really annoys me – directors and actors always talk about deleted scenes that will “probably be on the DVD” and they NEVER are, but I digress).
Anyway, as annoying and frustrating as the two examples above are, they're nothing to the scene that first made me realise that this sort of thing happened in the first place. That scene was in the trailer for 1991's What About Bob? and had Richard Dreyfuss angrily attacking his own broken-down car with a stick, Basil Fawlty-style. For some reason I really wanted to see this scene – I even remember watching the movie and the car breaking down and me thinking “Oh, here we go ...” and then my crushing disappointment when the scene didn't make it. If this was the sort of blog that people left comments on, then I'd ask for other suggestions in the comments below, but as that would probably lead to embarrassing silence, I'll crowd-source on Twitter instead and list the best examples in a future blog.
Trailerwatch: The Bourne Legacy
This week the trailer for The Bourne Legacy hit the internets and I have to say, although I wasn't initially all that excited about a rebooted Bourne (with Jeremy Renner taking over from Matt Damon), the trailer has done its job and now I really want to see it. The tag-line on the trailer (“There Was Never Just One”) is a stroke of genius, immediately explaining the concept behind the reboot, that some shadowy government faction was busy creating Jason Bournes (i.e.
brainwashed super-agents) all over the place. In that sense, it's actually more of a sequel than a reboot, as shown by the presence of actors from the previous films like Joan Allen (as Pam Landy), Albert Finney, Scott Glenn and David Strathairn.
Another reason to be excited (at least if, like me, you think that Edward Norton hasn't been doing enough movies lately) is that Edward Norton is in it as what looks like the brainwasher-in-chief. I'm also thrilled for the continuing rise of Jeremy Renner, not least because I pegged him as a future star way back in 2006, when he had two great films in that year's Edinburgh Film Festival: Twelve and Holding (which did get a brief but tiny theatrical release) and Neo Ned (which is admittedly controversial, seeing as it's a comedy where he plays a neo-Nazi who falls in love with a black woman, but still deserves to be more widely seen).
Other things to note about the trailer:
1. it features the now ubiquitous “BRAAAAAAAAAAHM” horns first used in the Inception trailers and
2. there is no sign of Rachel Weisz, who plays “Marta” according to the imdb.
Speaking of which, the imdb also lists Drive's Oscar Isaac as “Number 3”. I am going to go out on a limb and bet that Oscar Isaac doesn't make it to the final reel. In fact, this will make him one of those actors (like the late great Elisha Cook Jnr or more latterly Jay Hernandez) who hardly ever makes it to the end of any movie they're in. Still, we'll find out when the film opens here on 16th August.