Venom – Official Trailer # 2

Screenshot 2018-04-24 03.07.17Do you recall the first Venom trailer and how disappointing it was?  Apparently Sony picked up on that vibe, so this time they gave us quite a bit more of Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) exhibiting his powers.

And that’s a good thing though for some perhaps it’s a little bit too late.

 

 

 

Though Venom aside, I found this more interesting.

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The reason why is because because it’s new, and apparently a sign Marvel Studios wants to separate its productions from those that just happen to use their properties.

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Official Teaser Trailer

Mad Max: Fury Road is the latest from George Miller, though so much time has passed since the last movie–twenty-nine years ago–that I wonder how many people will actually remember the character.

That being said, I get the feeling that with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron starring that they’re popular enough to overcome the fact that an inordinate amount of time has passed.

I remember when Miller was going to work on a Justice League movie…now that would have been interesting!

‘The Drop’ International & Domestic Trailers

While watching the International Trailer for Michaël R. Roskam‘s The Drop, starring Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini and Noomi Rapace, I noticed three things:

The first was that it looks appropriately gritty, but a bit formulaic.

The second was that, while you hear Hardy in a short voiceover at the beginning of the trailer, you don’t for the rest.  I assumed that this was the case because he would be talking without his British accent, which to me sounded a bit incongruous (this could be because last month I saw him in Locke) to me.

Third, and as far as I am concerned most interestingly, it appeared to emphasize James Gandolfini.  Gandolfini is an American actor, while Hardy is British, whom I’d have thought would play better overseas.

Which is in stark contrast to the trailer for domestic consumption.  This time, Tom Hardy’s voiceover runs throughout the entire trailer, and there’s a greater emphasis on story–in fact the opposite situation from the Guardians Of The Galaxy domestic trailerwhich had a better rounded  International trailer.

I suspect that the people who worked on the domestic trailer realized that the story of The Drop, while interesting, isn’t a novel one, so it’s almost laid out in its entirety, minus small twists and beats.  And since more information is given in a linear fashion, it feels richer and less stream of consciousness than the International trailer.

‘The Rover’ Trailer

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 YeatsThe Second Coming, which I first learned from when Chinua Achebe used it for the title of his novel, Things Fall Apart.

Check Out My ‘Locke’ Review At Love Your Movies!

I recently did a writeup of Steven McKnight’s Locke, starring Tom Hardy and a BMW X3 for Love Your Movies.  It’s one of the pithier reviews that I have written and more importantly I think that it  manages to give the reader an impression of what’s going on in the movie, without spoiling it.

I enjoyed writing it, so if you have a moment drop by because the guys at Love Your Movies will be glad to see you!

‘Man of Tai Chi’ Trailer

Keanu Reeves amazes me.  We have computer-generated technologies that can make it appear that a man can fly, that can enable giant robots and monsters to roam the earth, and yet no technology yet invented can make him seem like he has emotions and feelings like the rest of us.  I know that that sounds mean, but his voiceover in “Man of Tai Chi” sounds so bland that you have to wonder.  

I could accept that the way he sounds is an affection that’s unique to whichever character he happens to be playing, if it weren’t for the fact that he ALWAYS sounds like this.

It’s almost like the first time you heard Bane from “The Dark Knight Rises.”  I wasn’t crazy about his voice (and it still managed to show more emotion than Reeves does here!), but I know that whatever else I happen to see Tom Hardy in, he will not sound like that.

Though imagine if he did.  It would make watching him in anything more than a little difficult.

And while I have never met Keanu Reeves, I would assume that his voice reveals a whole range of human emotion – though why none of it ever seems to make it into his movies is beyond comprehension.

And I should mention that the trailer looks pretty good (Reeves directed as well). It’s nicely edited, and shows evil at its most blandest.

Brian’s ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Review

“”The Dark Knight Rises” is an engaging film, but in the end it’s too grounded in the real to soar.”

The devastating events in Aurora, Colorado have cast a pall over the launch of Warner Bros. “The Dark Knight Rises,” though if box office receipts are any indicator, the film is weathering the adverse publicity well.

That being said, attentive readers will probably come by many reviews that compare it to Marvel Studios’ “The Avengers,” which isn’t valid because “The Avengers” is one of the best action movies of the year, while “The Dark Knight Rises,” while engaging in its own way, is not nearly as fun.

And that’s OK because just like there are comics for just about every taste, there should be movies that serve the same function.

Part of the reason for this is that, in seeking to make Batman’s Gotham City as realistic as possible, the filmmakers have almost surgically removed the fantastic from the equation, making the proceedings, while interesting, sometimes mundane and held together only by the strength of the cast.

Another is that Bane in the comics was more dangerous; less an anarchist that an almost primal force focused upon breaking the Batman physically, as well as mentally. A similar approach is attempted here, but Bane, as played by Tom Hardy (he of the very odd voice, who’s jaw should move more when he speaks, despite the mask on the lower half of his face) is more interested in destroying Gotham City than breaking Batman.

He disguises his violence in populist clothing–echoing the protests of the 99 Percent in his speeches, but it’s only a ruse designed to lull the citizens to complacency before he destroys them.

The movie makes a point of showing that his beliefs drive him, and enable him to do what normal men cannot, which is what makes him and his followers dangerous.  Unfortunately we see little of what animates his beliefs, though its expression in seemingly random destruction is often on display.

Who I found to be a pleasant surprise was Anne Hathoway, who played Serena Kyle (she was never actually called ‘Catwoman’).  I was prepared to dislike this interpretation of the character, especially since she was following in the footsteps–or should I say paw prints?–of Eartha Kitt, Julie Newmar, and Michelle Pfeiffer, women far more voluptuous than the (almost) waifish Halloway.

Her characterization works, though I cannot say the same for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character, who seems to be hanging around just so there could be an ending that Bat fans would appreciate.

In summary, “The Dark Knight Rises” is worth seeing, though because it’s so grounded in reality, it never really takes off like it should, which is a shame.