Apes Rising – action trailer vs character trailer

'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' not only has a ridiculously long name, but also has Trailer Issues. When I went to see X-Men: First Class (excellent film - great characterisation, spirit of the comics if not the letter of the canon), I saw this trailer: And I thought 'meh'. Don't get me wrong, I like a good action movie. I like a good explosion and an ape hanging from a helicopter is pretty cool. But why do I care about this movie? The main guy is a jerk scientist and everyone knows how it ends! Tonight, I went to see Captain America (good movie - fair characterisation, big explosions, bit too much to cram into one film) and I saw this trailer: And it drew me in. This is a real story about one man and his chimp, a story about a relationship that is humanising to both characters. I care about the science guy and I care about the chimp. It now...
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RED

You may recall my disgusted review of 'The Expendables'. When I went to see that film, it was preceded by the trailer for RED, which excited me more than the whole of the nonsense feature that followed it. On Wednesday, I went to see RED. Half my friends mutinied in Nando's and decided they wanted to see The Social Network instead. My other friends had already seen that film, and so we decided to continue with the plan. It was a really good film. An all-star cast that really worked together with believable characterisation and sharp dialogue. It had a classic three act structure, and the turning points were hit well. My one grumble is that while MLP got a lot of screen time, she didn't do much in the way of awesome. But that's okay - she doesn't know how to hold a gun! Give her time (and a sequel?) and I'm sure she'll be kicking ass and taking names. And I...
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