"Look, if I wanted to watch Spaceballs, I'D WATCH SPACEBALLS!"
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These were just a few of the things overheard after the much anticipated trailer debut of director James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy last night. While fanboys and comic book aficionados 'get it', the general public is non-pulsed. In their eyes, this looks like a campy space movie. And if the second trailer doesn't step it up, it will surely be another flop for Disney on par with John Carter and The Lone Ranger. Right now, we can compare it to the now classic midnight movie staple Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, which tanked hard but found solid support amongst true believers. While it's viewed as one of the great comic book adaptations of all-time, the general public just didn't get it. After hearing some of the responses last night from 'normal' folks who watched this trailer, the same fate may befall this truly odd Marvel experiment. We all know what happened to Howard the Duck! We've collected the 5 biggest complains about the trailer here. Maybe you agree, maybe you don't. But before you call us out as haters, know we love James Gunn and his past work. And we want to see this movie succeed. We also know a bad trailer when we see one. (The key word here is TRAILER...)
1 The Acting
Love or hate the trailer, we all have to agree on one thing: Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer is truly awful in this thing. We watched it four times just to make sure, and it got more cringe inducing as we went along. This is heightened, sci-fi acting at its worst, and if you didn't know the man, you'd be surprised to learn he has been nominated for two Best Actor Oscars. Maybe that's the problem. Maybe he doesn't get the material. Or maybe we're not in tune with the tone of the movie just yet. These hammy, Drive-In style theatrics also seemed to plague Benicio Del Toro as The Collector in the footage that was seen at the end of Thor: The Dark World. It looks tailor made for an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Its more Barbarella than anything else. Its pure, unadulterated schlock, which can be a turn off to a mass audience. Then we have Chris Pratt as the lead. We love him on Parks and Recreation and he's always been a fine supporting actor, but the yawny, nonchalant Han Solo type of indifference he plays up in the trailer seems disingenuous. It doesn't lay flat as a natural act. We've only seen two minutes of footage, but so far Peter Quill's cool demeanor seems kind of forced. And is it just us, or do John C. Reilly and Peter Serafinowicz seem oddly out of place. (Noted, the scenes we see here were shot exclusively for Comic Con 2013 and will not be in the finale movie...So all is not lost!)
We know, we know...You love the trailer and the hate should be saved for a movie that really deserves it. As we noted a few times above, the footage seen in this first trailer was all shot within the first two weeks of principle photography with a great big portion of it created solely for Comic Con 2013. The scenes we see now playing out between Peter Serafinowicz and John C. Reilly won't even be in the movie. This is just a way to introduce all of these characters. When the gang goes to prison, they don't even know each other yet, and aren't a fully functioning 'team' of guardians until midway through. Just remember, these are all things we hate, and others hate, about the trailer. In terms of recent Marvel trailers, its not their best work. We're holding out hope that the movie is awesome. Cause, seriously, if we wanted to watch Spaceballs, it's streaming on Netflix right now!