You ever have that feeling in a movie when you realize the trailers are better than the main event? That’s how I felt while watching Savages this weekend. Maybe it’s because trailers are by their very nature more fun to watch, but if this is what is coming up in the next few weeks, then, despite Savages, I may have to return to the multiplex.
For example, John Goodman. I think he’s having a moment right now. Not only did he play a satisfyingly on-point studio exec in last year’s Oscar winner, The Artist, he has two films I really want to see. Watch the trailer to Flight. Goodman apparently plays Denzel Washington’s best friend, although I am not quite sure on this detail. Everything about this film feels mysterious. Did Denzel Washington crash the plane? Was there alcohol in his system? Who is really to blame? So many questions.
Argo looks even better. Ben Affleck directs this true story of six American hostages who escaped the embassy during the Iranian revolution. Goodman’s character provides a cover of a fake movie to convince the Iranians to allow an American rescue team into the country. My favorite line from the trailer:
Goodman: So you want to come to Hollywood like a big shot and not do anything?
Goodman: You’ll fit right in.
Oh, and Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad has a part. I’m in.
p.s. Baz Luhrmann directs The Great Gatsby. Watch this trailer and tell me you’re not excited.
What films are you excited about this year? I only put three on the board, but there have to be others, right?