Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Feel Bad Movie of Christmas

So far, I'm more interested in the trailer for this than the actual movie.

A more explicit version of this trailer popped up over the weekend, supposedly filmed in a theatre in Europe.  Now, I've seen my fair share of bootleg video, and this was either the best bootleg ever or something fishy is going on.

Though the camera did move obviously at the beginning of the video, there was none of the typical theatre sounds or signs of people moving around.  Add to that the absurdly good sound quality, the presence of an MPAA label in front of a trailer ostensibly shown in Europe, and Sony's apparent tolerance for someone leaking their top-secret trailer a few days early, and it seems to me that the whole thing was a bit of clever viral marketing. 

The trailer makes it look like the film is going to be exactly like everyone expected, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo directed by the guy who made Fight Club and Seven.  Given the content of the books, it seems like this will be something of a return to form for David Fincher.  I can't say I'm exactly excited about this- because if film this remains at all true to the source material, a million terrible things will be explicitly depicted on screen- but I'm interested to see how the the material translates into a Hollywood movie (albeit a Hollywood movie directed by David Fincher).

I'm sure Trent Reznor and Karen O. covering Led Zeppelin is going to upset some people.  But really, this is a story about examining the (extremely) dark side of all kinds of institutions and traditions.  Though the books (and other movies) are often ponderous, there is a distinct sense of anarchy and total destruction.  In that context, a crazy, pseudo-industrial cover of a song originally by such a beloved band makes complete sense.  This movie is going to upset A LOT of people, so I guess it makes sense to start with the song used in the first trailer for the thing.  Unsurprisingly, I'm a big fan.

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