Coming Soon-Ish: Katniss Everdeen, More Snow White, And Inspirational Stories About Horses . . .

The Hunger Games

While I haven’t read the full trilogy yet, I did like The Hunger Games a lot, and I’m relatively happy with this trailer. Mildly frightened of Woody Harrelson’s hair, yes, but otherwise . . . it has promise. I’m not at all worried about Jennifer Lawrence playing Katniss—if you’ve seen Winter’s Bone, you know there are some similarities between Katniss and Ree. And while I’m not entirely sold on Gale just yet . . . we’ll see. This could be really good.

War Horse

My friend Lindsey and I were talking about movies that we never, ever needed to see. I brought up Jack and Jill. She countered with War Horse. I’d never heard of War Horse before, so I looked it up on youtube and found this trailer.

Ye Gods. Worse than inspirational biopics, worse even than inspirational sports stories . . . inspirational animal movies? No fucking thanks. I want to see Tom Hiddleston in more stuff, but Jesus. Not this badly.

Ender’s Game

This kid is Asa Butterfield. You may recognize him from the trailers for Hugo, Martin Scorsese’s most recent (and surprisingly child-friendly) film. You may also recognize him as Mordred from Merlin. That’s where I knew him from, anyway. And you will recognize him eventually from Ender’s Game, where he will play, you guessed it, Ender.

I don’t have much of an opinion on this one way or the other. I haven’t really seen the kid enough to know whether he can act or not. But looks-wise, I’m okay with it. He’s older than Ender, but that was sort of an inevitability, wasn’t it? At least he’s not like 18 or something.

Being Flynn

I’m not quite sure what to make of this yet. On one hand, I always feel an involuntary shudder of horror whenever I read the words ‘based on a true story.’ On the other hand . . . I don’t know, it looks kind of interesting. I’m sort of intrigued by the idea of one story, two writers. I’m curious to see how this film is structured. And let’s face it, I’ve always been kind of a sucker for daddy issues stories. Best cowboys, and all that.

I also like Paul Dano, and this looks like one of the most interesting things Robert DeNiro has done in years. I doubt that this is anything I’d ever go see in theater, but maybe a rental for Serious Movie Night. I’m just hoping it doesn’t get too sentimental and gooey.

And finally . . . Mirror, Mirror

I don’t even know what to make of this trailer. I mean . . . it’s kind of funny. I laughed at some parts—at almost anything Julia Roberts said, honestly. Then again, I cringed at some others. (Snow Way? Hello to my little friend? Ugh.) But it’s not exactly the uneven humor that concerns me, more . . . who is the focus of this story?

The trailer starts off like Mirror, Mirror is supposed to be a comedy about the trials of being an evil queen, which, you know, I was kind of into. But then we start getting more about Snow White being a bandit princess, and she’s going to save Prince Charming this time, and . . . I don’t know, hoo-rah for feminism? Tonally, this is just a weird, weird trailer, and while I’m interested despite myself, I’m expecting Mirror, Mirror to be something of a hot mess.

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4 Responses to Coming Soon-Ish: Katniss Everdeen, More Snow White, And Inspirational Stories About Horses . . .

  1. Brandon says:

    I’m with you on most of the others…

    …but I think you’re dead wrong on “War Horse”.

    It’s based on a children’s book and subsequent stage play that is utterly brilliant. The concept being a sort of kaleidoscopic look at how terrible war is using the protagonist and his horse as a constant throughout, to give us perspective.

    It isn’t about the War Horse itself, nor his young owner who is looking to find him. They are merely vessels through which we experience the terrible things going on around them. While it will undoubtedly strike many of the usual notes you get with these kinds of movies, I think it’s a mistake to dismiss it outright.

    Plus, that John Williams score is awesome.

  2. Annnnd the real reason for Brandon’s interest stands revealed.

  3. Brandon says:

    Seriously? You expect me to *ever* post about a film without mentioning the music? Come on now.

  4. Teacups says:

    “Ye Gods. Worse than inspirational biopics, worse even than inspirational sports stories . . . inspirational animal movies?”
    Oh, I find this immensely funny, because when I saw the title of this post, I wondered if you might be posting the trailer for “The Cup,” an inspirational biopic about the sport of horse racing.

    I also saw Red Dog, an inspirational animal biopic (actually, perhaps “biopic,” is an exaggeration – I think it was loosely adapted from a book which was loosely based on a true story) at the theatre a couple of weeks ago, not by choice. It was most unpleasant. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear if they wrote the script in about a week, or if one of the people thanked in the credits was the author of something called “The Big Book Of Dad Jokes; A Punnier Way To Discipline Your Children.”

    I’m curious about Mirror Mirror out of courtesy to Tarsem Singh and his movie The Fall, but that trailer does not impress. It looks like something Dreamworks would churn out on a bad day, in live-action.

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