Trailer Tuesday: The Debut

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Paul
Release Date: March 18
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen (voice), Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig
Director Gregg Mottola (Superbad)

Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided? Theater.

I’m on record as a massive Simon Pegg and Nick Frost fan, so by law I have to see this film in theaters. This second trailer is a marked improvement over the original trailer. The original trailer was actually quite uninspiring and caused me some concern whether this movie, starring and written by two of my comedic heroes, would be awful. Luckily, they spliced in some of the high energy from the U.K. trailer, giving me reassurance that this movie will be awesome.

Your Highness
Release Date: April 8
Starring: Danny McBride, Natalie Portman, James Franco, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Theroux
Director: David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express)

Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided? Rent.

I’m a sucker for a movie with a sword (especially when Natalie Portman is wielding one … niiiiice). And with a strong cast, this makes for a solid rent. It’s not a “theater” choice right now because I’m not blown away by anything I’m seeing here. Maybe newer trailers will shed new light on the story and humor and can entice me to see it in theaters.

The Green Hornet
Release Date: Jan. 14
Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz, Tom Wilkinson
Director: Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine on the Spotless Mind)

Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided? Rent.

This was a firm “no thanks” for quite some time. However, the newest trailer has convinced me that the action quotient could be high and Gondry’s dazzling visuals could be at play here. The original trailers made this seem like a very sophomoric and unnecessary remake. The newer ones make it look much cooler, except it still makes me groan when Cameron Diaz appears.

Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Release Date: May 20
Starring: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Keith Richards
Director: Rob Marshall (Chicago)

Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided? Undecided.

I’ve seen the previous three Pirates movies in theaters. I’m on the fence about this one — it could be silly stuff that’s not worth a ticket. But then again, it’s Johnny Depp in one of his favorite roles, and I do love pirates. It’ll be interesting to see the subsequent trailers to see what angles (action, comedy, fantasy) they’ll play up.

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