Trailer Watch – Opening May 3rd, 2007

Trailers and commentary after the jump. There are a good many of them this week.

Spider-Man 3

(Also Teaser Trailer, Full Trailer, and Trailer 3)

Yeah, so I’m going to see this today. :) I loved the first Spider-Man, didn’t like the second as much (though I think I’m in the minority on that), but that doesn’t mean I’m turning my back on my second-favorite superhero (after Batman). The black suit is icing on the cake. Best Bet.

Lucky You

Despite having Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential) directing and Eric Bana in the lead (also Drew Barrymore, but she’s a bit of a wildcard when it comes to film quality), this looks really routine and undistinguished.

The Flying Scotsman

Underdog sports movie. Could be worthwhile for the accents alone. Limited.

Civic Duty

When a Middle Eastern man moves next door to Peter Krause, he becomes suspicious of him–but is he a terrorist, or is Krause’s racial profiling completely unjustified? I’m curious about this one, just because I have no idea which side it’s going to take…and the thing is, if he is a terrorist, doing nothing (as Krause’s wife and even his FBI contact suggest) would be irresponsible, just as being prejudiced against him because he’s Middle Eastern would be irresponsible if he isn’t. It’s a difficult ethical question, and the film stands or falls on the way it comes out. It may very well fall anyway, because the question is really too huge to be answered by a single instance in a single film.

Waitress

My current most-anticipated film of the next few months. Thankfully, I think I’ll be in St. Louis when it opens wider, where they’ll actually show it. It just looks so witty, and sweet, and lovely. Like a romantic comedy that isn’t insipid. Plus, Nathan Fillion! I’ve watched this trailer at least twenty times since I first saw it, and I’m probably giving myself way-too-high expectations. Ah well. It was the toast of Sundance, so I’m encouraged. NY/LA. Best Bet.

Away From Her

This looks very good, but not in a fun way. Not that good movies have to be fun. Julie Christie plays a woman struggling with Alzheimer’s, but it looks like her husband, who has to be away from her for the first time in 45 years when she goes into a home, is the one with the real struggle at being “away from her.” This is Sarah Polley’s directorial debut; she’s been acting in indie films for a long time and garnered a lot of respect. NY/LA.

Paris, je t’aime

What do Juliette Binoche, Steve Buscemi, Willem Dafoe, Gerard Depardieu, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Bob Hoskins, Emily Mortimer, Natalie Portman, Miranda Richardson, Catalina Sandino Moreno, and Elijah Wood have in common? They’re all really good actors who appear in Paris, je t’aime. And what do Gurinder Chadha, Joel & Ethan Coen, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Alexander Payne, Tom Tykwer and Gus van Sant have in common? They’re all superb directors who directed one of the 18 short films that make up this ode to Paris. What does this mean for me, since I love most of these actors and directors, as well as Paris? That’s right. Another of my most highly-anticipated films of the year which will hopefully make its way to St. Louis while I’m there. NY/LA. Best Bet.

The Treatment

This could be cute, in an unassuming way. I won’t seek it out in theatres, like Waitress and Paris, but I think I’ll add it to my Netflix queue. Cool to see Famke Janssen playing someone other than Jean Grey in the X-Men series. (Although, did you notice they called her character a “phoenix” in the trailer? Hee. She’ll probably never get away from it…) NY.