The holiday movie season is almost upon us, which is hard to believe since it seems like summer hasn’t officially ended yet, and that can mean only one thing: lots of new trailers. Read on for an early look at new previews for The Adventures of Tintin, War Horse, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Norman.
We’ve been hearing about Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin for what seems like an eternity, and now Empire has revealed a new trailer. Running roughly a minute and a half, this new clip evokes memories of Raiders of the Lost Ark – not because it has anything to do with Indy, but because it has that period fantasy vibe that made Raiders so cool. Jamie Bell plays the title character, a young reporter who’s on the hunt for the sunken treasure of a notorious 17th century pirate. Lots of adventure ensues. The coolest moment comes near the end, where a pirate ship comes crashing along on waves of water across sand dunes in the desert. We have no idea how or why this is happening, but it’s certainly the big “oh that’s awesome!” moment of the trailer. The Adventures of Tintin should sail into your local multiplex on December 23rd.
Spielberg wasn’t done with the release of the Tintin trailer, though. Oh, no, not by a longshot. The filmmaker wants to own the holiday season and as such has two films coming out. The second of the pair, War Horse, won’t hit screens until Christmas – but the clip (courtesy of Empire) is already garnering Oscar buzz.
Honestly, we’re unconvinced – War Horse’s trailer is filled with some majestic shots and stunning visuals, but the trailer is so obvious with its awards pretensions that it’s hard not to view the whole thing as Oscar bait. The John Williams score, in particular, all but screams “look at how serious and important this film is!” The film itself may well be great, but the trailer goes a bit overboard in our estimation.
Lest you think we only cover the big-budget studio trailers, here’s a look at Norman – another in a long line of bittersweet indie dramadies about a troubled teen coming of age.
Dan Byrd plays the title character, and at first the trailer lulls viewers into thinking this is going to be another quirky indie comedy about a slightly eccentric kid dealing with high school (indie filmmakers love that topic for some reason. We think we know why, but that’s a topic for another day…). However, about halfway through it takes a turn (what that turn is isn’t entirely clear from the clip) and veers off into drama territory. Byrd seems likable enough in the lead role, but it’s hard to shake the feeling that Norman is just running off every move in the indie film playbook in this trailer. Quirky main character? Indie band theme song? Quirky main character forced to confront potentially life-changing issues? Yeah, they’re all in the clip.
No word on when Norman might get a mainstream release, but we’ll keep our ear to the ground.
Finally, here’s a look at David Fincher’s remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – the thriller based on Stieg Larsson’s novel about a reporter and hacker who become embroiled in a dangerous case when they start looking for a girl who’d gone missing years before.
The new clip is an international recut of the 4-minute US trailer that debuted not long ago, but it features some new footage mixed in with what you’ve seen before.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo will be along to darken your holiday season on December 21st.