I need to see this movie.
I read a week or so ago that the trailer was shown in a theater in Australia and it freaked everyone out (though to be fair it was prior to a showing of Peter Rabbit, with an audience likely made up mainly of children and their parents).
What I find remarkable is that a trailer upset them so much (it’s okay, a bit more atmospheric than most but nothing remarkable) when they live in a country that’s–if you have seen any of the myraid of nature specials on television–indicative of how virtually every other creature in the country seems engineered to kill humans.
“The terror of The Babadook starts innocently, with a children’s book, though it will grow to possess you.”
Every since I saw 2009’s Triangle, I knew that Australia was and up-and-comer as far as interesting and innovative horror goes, though Jennifer Kent‘s The Babadook certifies their arrival.
It’s a pretty impressive movie, because–unlike many of its brethren, domestic or otherwise–it weaves its spell gradually, taking its time to introduce us to its main characters, so that what they feel, be it joy or terror, you do as well.
We soon meet Amelia (Essie Davis), who’s been having a difficult time since the death of her husband. Her work at a nursing home leaves her numb while her son, Robbie (Noah Wiseman) is an imaginative, rambunctious boy who’s misbehavior has her at wits’ end.
Amelia is doing her damnedest to keep mind and soul together, with very little in the way of support; in some instances due to her son’s behavior.
One day Robbie finds a book, Mister Babadook, that neither he nor his mother was aware of owning. He finds the book terrifying, though what’s more interesting is that despite this, Amelia continues to read to him.
The book is creepy in and of itself.
What is it about Australia and the fall of civilization? Is it because they have the Outback, a desert space that will in no uncertain terms kill you if you venture into it unprepared?
Or is there something in the Australian character that makes Man, as well as everything that we have ever created, broken and hanging by a thread somehow appealing?
After all, George Miller is Australian, as is Mel Gibson, the director and lead actor in Mad Max, Mad Max: The Road Warrior and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome as well as the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road (which as I understand Tom Hardy replaces Gibson).
Their latest attempt at showing us how things end with a whimper instead of a bang is David Michôd‘s The Rover.
Though to be honest, I want to see this movie because the trailer opens with a few lines William Butler Yeats‘ The Second Coming, which I first learned from when Chinua Achebe used it for the title of his novel, Things Fall Apart.
Marvel Studios’ “The Avengers” has already been released in London, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan before it was domestically, and according to Deadline it’s doing very, very well.
In fact, it’s opening huge, with Australia doing particularly good business for Marvel Studios and Disney (which can use some positive news after the “John Carter” misfire and the firing of Rich Ross, the former chairman of Disney Studios).
If it’s not obvious that I really, really want to see this movie, then you haven’t been paying attention. That being said, I have noticed that there are a lot more trailers popping up, each one revealing a little bit more about the film that the one prior as it gets closer to May 4, when it will be released here.
They have the irritating tendency to reveal things that appear to be important to the film, sucking the almost child-like joy from the movie bit by bit.
This is why I don’t intend to post any more Avengers-related trailers. If you want to view them, they’re out there to be found, though when I saw the one with The Hulk catching Iron Man (which happened to be released by Marvel themselves) I knew that I didn’t want to see any more of the film outside the theater.
So, I’ll continue to link to box office-related stuff, as well as other items of interest, as long as they don’t tell anymore about the film than I already know (which is getting too much for comfort).
According to Box Office Mojo, “Thor” has pulled in $93 million in foreign box office receipts (UK, France, Korea, Spain, Brazil, Russia, Germany, Taiwan, Singapore, the Philippines and Australia).
Total production costs are currently unavailable, but it’s probably in the +/- $150 million dollar range.