Having never read the book as a middle schooler, I haven’t the foggiest idea of what Ender’s Game is actually supposed to be about. The trailer, much like the trailers for most sci-fi action flicks, did not do much in the way of answering that question.
There is an alien invasion (been there) and the earth is now in a post-apocalyptic state (done that.) There is a swell of music, which I am assuming is meant to get me on the side of the young boy who has been chosen to save the planet and at the same time develop a strong sense of responsibility and integrity, which he will share with us before the movie has ended.
A split-second view of a grown-up Abigail Breslin reminds me that Hollywood is still looking for someone to replace Dakota Fanning and hasn’t settled on anyone yet.
On Sunday night, the newest trailer for “Catching Fire,” the second installment in “The Hunger Games” trilogy was released.
First, we catch a glimpse of the arena and for the remaining 50 seconds of the trailer, we see shots of Katniss the strong female ingénue being portrayed as either sexily shooting an arrow — or screaming. She screams as she is grabbed, for her sister and as a massive flock of jabberjays fly down around her … All of which are also screaming.
This would seem, to a person unfamiliar with the book series, to be a film about hot bow and arrow models and running through a forest while yelling very loudly — perhaps after taking a ride in a train, which is the third most prominent activity featured in this trailer.
Also of note, the trailer created for “The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders,” which is in fact not a movie trailer at all, but a parody video created by “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) in order to imagine how a horror film would play out if it were to be directed by Wes Anderson.
I must admit, upon finishing the trailer I was extremely disappointed that it was not, in fact, going to lead to an actual film. Particularly amusing was the moment in which the murders stationed outside of the family’s home sent a paper airplane in through the window to ask if they would be allowed inside. The father sent back a reply — “No you may not!” — and immediately went for the family panic room, which was a tee-pee covered in white Christmas lights.
This is definitely the trailer I have seen this week that I deem most worthy of checking out, if only for the reason that it is the best thing SNL has done in a very long time.