Trailer Blazer: 'Lost,' 'Leatherheads'

Leatherheads_l_5The full, two-minute trailer for season 4 of Lost seems to confirm Doc Jensen’s speculations based on the 30-second teaser released last week. There’s Jeremy Davies, as one of the new characters from the freighter, telling the Lost-ies that rescuing them wasn’t exactly his first priority. There’s Locke and Ben and the drowning Charlie, repeating their warnings from last season’s finale about the newcomers. And there’s the title cards, telling us that some of our heroes aren’t going to leave the island. (Does that mean some will choose to stay behind, or be abandoned, or die? Or does that refer to Jack, who we know will leave but who will remain mentally and emotionally trapped there?) Say, was that a glimpse of Naomi, the parachutist apparently slain by Locke, still alive? Lots of tantalizing questions; really can’t wait to see how they play out, can you?

On a lighter note, the trailer for Leatherheads, George Clooney’s period comedy about the transformation of the 1920s-era National Football League from a barnstorming group of anarchic roughnecks into a professional but much less fun organization, leaves me with mixed feelings. With John Krasinski along for the ride as the strong-but-naive rookie mentored by Clooney’s sly veteran, and Renee Zellweger (pictured, with Clooney) as the skeptical reporter who comes between them, it’s clear that the movie wants to be another Bull Durham, with a little Seabiscuit/Cinderella Man historical interest thrown in. But it all looks so rote and by-the-playbook. (Also, Office-boy Krasinski seems overmatched by his glamorous old-pro co-stars.) The actual movie is going to have to try a little harder than the familiar tactics suggested by the trailer in order not to fumble at the box office this spring.

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  • sarah

    I think “Leatherheads” looks good but it kinda seems like one of those movies that’s an acquired taste.

  • Tyler D

    I think Clooney’s inspiration for this film goes a bit further back than recent Oscar-bait and 80s sports movies. He seems to be attempting to make this an updated screwball-comedy from the 30s or 40s.

  • sara

    I agree with Tyler D – definitely reminds me of those old screwball romantic comedies. I’m hoping he pulls it off.

  • becky

    I think John Krasinski fits right in. It’s Renee who seems out of place

  • Jen

    Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! I know you did not just say that about John Krasinski!

  • Jen

    That was in response to the article, not Becky’s comment.

  • Sina

    How in the world is George Clooney a movie star? His movies never make any money and those Ocean movies don’t count. With all those stars in it, he wasn’t the only reason people were going to see it. So basically he’s a movie star because he gets a couple of movie execs hard and a couple of their drawers wet and he’s a star. Whatever. Even he knows he’s not a star, that’s why he dates only waitress or E-list actresses. He’s trying to be a Cary Grant and someone should tell him he’s not! He can never be like those great actors of the 30’s,40’s and 50’s. Let is go George.

  • Tamara

    Sina, why the hate? I happen to think George is a bona fide movie star, and one of the only actors today who can match the timeless charm of someone like Cary Grant. Just my opinion, of course. I think the movie looks cute, and man oh man am I excited for the return of Lost!

  • Jonathan F.

    Wow, Lost looks amazing.

  • MovieWatcher

    Has anyone seen Down With Love? Does anyone get the impression Renee Zellweger is just playing the same character without the singing?

  • Cranky

    Hey, my neighbor was an extra in Leatherheads! Part of it was filmed 5 minutes from my house! Woo hoo! Cool by association! Can’t wait to see it.

  • Sadie

    Leatherheads does remind me of those Doris Day/Rock Hudson flicks of yesteryear. After reading some of the other posts Mr. Susman made today, I think he’s wearing his cranky pants. Lighten up — not all movies are Oscar fodder.

  • nunya

    i love clooney, krasinski and zellweger; trailer looks great, i will leatherheads. :)

  • nunya

    i love clooney, krasinski and zellweger; trailer looks great, i will see leatherheads. :)

  • Lori

    Yeah yeah, Leatherheads looks fun and all – screwball comedies from the ’40’s and ’50’s, but LOST! OMG – how excited am I for it to return!?! I’d almost give up my Christmas vacation for it to already be January 31!

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