Trailer Blazer: 'Serenity,' 'Prime,' 'Oliver,' 'Zorro'

135742__serenity_lBest new trailers:

Serenity (Sept. 30) ”You wanna run this ship?” ”Yes!” ”Well… you can’t.” The second Serenity trailer may look like your standard sci-fi action fare, and it makes pretty clear the drift of the plot (galactic empire pursues rebel ship, left, transporting girl with mysterious powers), but it’s little Joss Whedon-isms like the exchange cited above, little twists on genre conventions that were a hallmark of Buffy and Angel, that promise to elevate Serenity above the norm and lend it some surprise.

Prime (Oct. 28) Hmm, IMDb says this movie was written and directed by Ben Younger (Boiler Room), but I could have sworn by this trailer that it’s a Nora Ephron comedy. The clip spoils the entire plot: Uptight Manhattan shrink (Meryl Streep) learns that her free-spirited patient (Uma Thurman) is dating her son (newcomer Bryan Greenberg); soon all three of them know, leading to squirmy Oedipal high jinks. Not one laugh, except maybe Streep’s unflattering wig.

Oliver Twist (Sept. 23) Finally, a clip for Roman Polanski’s Dickens adaptation that’s not in French. It hits upon the familiar story points (Oliver asks for seconds, gets turned out, falls in with the Artful Dodger and Fagin), but this may be the first of the many screen adaptations of this story that gets the squalor and filth right. The kid looks appropriately pathetic, but so does everyone else. This is not going to be a Jane Austen kind of piece that makes you wish you lived in 19th-century England. But it’ll be fun to visit.

The Legend of Zorro (Oct. 28) I  have no idea what the McGuffin is that drives this sequel’s plot, but the clip showed me everything I needed to see: swordplay, stunts, some flirtation between Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, and a couple tongue-in-cheek moments. Looks like the film will have everything it needs.

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  • Lyssa

    Can’t wait for ‘Serenity’! I just finished watching the “Firefly” DVDs my boyfriend bought me for Christmas a couple of years ago, and I absolutely LOVED that show! It totally got screwed over by FOX.
    As for “Oliver Twist,” can we possibly not have so much enthusiasm for a “family” film made by a convicted child molester?!? The man belongs in jail, not on a movie set. Would I feel differently if he had served his time back in the seventies instead of fleeing the country? Possibly. But the fact that he has refused to face justice now for close to thirty years bothers me more and more every time he makes a new movie. In case you don’t know about this case, you can go to http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/polanskicover1.html to check out the transcript of the then 13 year old girl’s grand jury testimony.

  • EP Sato

    Serenity all the way! Is anyone else dying to see Adam Baldwin (the good Baldwin who isn’t related to the jerk Baldwins), Gina Torres and Alan Tudyk return to the silver screen?
    “Standard Science Fiction Fare” this movie will not be as Whedon’s cult-like following all but assures this movie will make the studio a lot of money, even if it is no good. On the other hand, if the movie is anywhere near as good as the tv series, I bet we can expect plenty of sequels and maybe even a return of the tv show. Browncoats UNITE!
    After Fox dropped the ball on this show, Universal was there to scoop it up. Which leads to the thought that Universal has been investing a lot into science fiction lately, are they seeing dollar signs in territory everyone else is afraid to touch? The success of the critically acclaimed “Battlestar Galactica” and the upcoming “Serenity” movie may foretell whether or not they plan to take over Paramount Studios old monopoly on “traditional” science fiction.

  • PMMJ

    I can just imagine the producers of the first Zorro sitting back, and thinking, man, the first movie was good, but what does a sequel need to top it? I know! An annoyign little kid. BRILLIANT.
    Hopefully, at this rate, we can look forward to Zorro 3 featuring a monkey.

  • Howstone

    Zorro also has one thing we don’t need; the precocious kid (the one who says that his father’s going to kick your …). That could ruin the flick quickly.

  • Holly

    Back in June, they had sneak previews for SERENITY. It was so good, and of course you get to finally figure out what’s up with the Reavers and River.
    Despite a few issues (issues of which that I did not have any problems with because Joss is known to do what he did in the past) fans aren’t happy with, I can say Joss has done a great job. He captures moments of despair, loss, sincerity, comedy in ways I can’t imagine.
    When we veiwed it, Joss had a taped message played before the movie-he said that if the movie sucks it’s our (the fans) fault. LoL. It did not suck. I also think for the non-Firefly fans, they will be able to follow the story (without getting confused) because of the way it is presented.

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