Thursday, August 20, 2009

Avatar vs. The Wolfman

The entire universe has uploaded the trailers and the new glossy photos, so I'll join in starting with Avatar. Some are inevitably disappointed (gee, could it be because folks hyped the shit out of this based on scant concept art photos and the presence of an overrated James Cameron?), but I'm not. People expected realistic looking aliens because the film's special effects are ten years in the making. But we have some photographic evidence that shows the thing looks like an animated film created by Pixar. Images from the first Toy Story looked more real than previously released photos and the images from the new trailer. This is not to bash Pixar - they're great at what they do, but their animated kid-stuff looks better than the footage from a film that's supposed to completely revolutionize cinema.

I'm not disappointed mainly because I have not been excited about this film at all. I hate most of James Cameron's films, and I'm wary of hype. But, while I'm not excited by the trailer, I don't want to see the film any less than I previously did. That's kind of a big deal. Avatar day is tomorrow so I expect more unfettered hype or disappointment.

Finding a decent embed of the trailer has been hard, but the good people at FirstShowing are cool enough to provide us with one. Be sure to head on over to Apple to watch the HD trailer.

Synopsis and backstory from FirstShowing:

Avatar is the story of an ex-Marine on the planet Pandora who, as an Avatar - a human mind in an alien body - finds himself in a desperate fight for his survival and that of the indigenous beings called Na'vi.

Avatar is both written and directed by Oscar winning visionary filmmaker James Cameron, of Piranha II, The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, True Lies, and Titanic previously. He has been developing the technology to make this movie for the last 10 years. 20th Century Fox is bringing James Cameron's Avatar to both IMAX and regular theaters in 3D around the world on December 18th.

The other big trailer unveil was for The Wolfman, which I've been pretty excited about. The trailer (via Awards Daily) does not disappoint and it's hard not to be impressed by the cast Joe Johnston managed to get. Some of my favorite actors are in this thing: Hugo Weaving, Emily Blunt, Anthony Hopkins, and of course, Benicio Del Toro. It looks like it will actually be scary, especially when you consider that Se7en screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker co-wrote The Wolfman script. I should probably tone down the excitement because this could turn out to suck, but Benicio del Toro has that affect on me.

Old school Victorian goth horror below:

The Wolfman is set for a February 12 release. Photos courtesy The Playlist, IESB, and FirstShowing.

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