Here is a list of TIME’s idea of the Top Ten Trailers of 2011. Well, the fact that they included TREE OF LIFE and JANE AYER told me that it wasn’t my top ten. When I look at a trailer, I don’t just go for the shiny (or the overly poignant drama). Explosions and slow-motion fights and yelling aren’t enough (most of the time). It has to tell the story without giving away too much. You have to immediately know who the hero, villain and innocents are. So I’m putting my own list together, with all natural geek flavors and no artificial coloring. You’ve probably seen these throughout the year, but check out any that you may have missed and tell me if you agree. GEEK SOUL BROTHER’S TOP TEN TRAILERS OF 2011:
10. THOR – It put away my fears that they would mess up the look of Thor, being that the movie had to be from the same reality as the very technical Iron Man. Showing the visuals of Asgard, and of Thor using Mjolnir (Thor’s hammer), was essential for the movie’s success with the fans and with me.
9. GREEN LANTERN – I know the movie was bad to most people (so much so that I still haven’t watched it yet) but the trailer brought the comic book Hal Jordan to life as the Green Lantern. Favorite part was seeing all the Lanterns firing their rings into the sky.
8. ADJUSTMENT BEURUE – Geek Soul Brother has a weakness for a romantic story. Mix that in with some ambiguous scifi setting and I’m basically hooked. It was a pleasure to watch the movie and see that my impressions from the trailer weren’t off.
7. GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO- Not the first trailer, but probably the most visually impacting. I am going against my own criteria with this one, as there is no plot what so ever to accertain from this one. Just cool music and great film editing. Trent Reznor & Karen O “Immigrant Song”
6. HANNA – This, on the other hand, gave me the complete story without letting me know too much to ruin it. Trailers like this are like mini-movies that only show the first and second half, but leave you wanting to see the end.
5. SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS – very fun and exciting, with our first look at Moriarty and other new faces. Great mix of visual antics and clues to the plot.
4. RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES – They had me with the scoul that Ceaser had when listening to people. They can’t go wrong if they do a remake/re-imagine of one of the most classic science fictions ever, if done right. This trailer gave me the impression that they did do it right.
3. TRANSFORMERS – Alright, I STILL didn’t see the movie (even though there were no ethnic jesters in this one). But the was one of the most exciting ones this year. And it showed a more serious overtone for the movie than the previous Transformers 2.
2. SUCKER PUNCH – I don’t care what you say about the movie (I can’t say zilch, since I have to see it myself), but this live action anime/girl-with-sword/machine gun samurai/ 2 minute thirty-six second thrill ride snared my geek brain from beginning to end. The only thing I had against it was the hint of ”great visuals, bad story execution’ funk that rose into the air above my computer screen as I watched it.
1. IMMORTALS – Cool Story – Check. Eye watering Visuals – Check. Awesome Bad Guy – Check. Damsel-in-distress, but you know she can fight her behind off – Check. Hero with crazy weapon that I would give up my entire collection of comics and action figures (and possibly one child) to own – Check and Check. I didn’t get the idea that Immortals was going to be the perfect movie, but the trailer got me too excited about the film, which is exactly what a good trailer should do. My absolute favorite visual of all the trailers this year was Poseidon Rocketing out of the Sky into the ocean, and causing a tidal wave. I’ll be enjoying this (and these others) for years to come.
The hardest thing about picking a trailer for something like this is not being prejudiced from the failings of the movie. With my interests in Film Editing (and filmmaking), I am particularly keen on what is appealing about them. But let me know what trailers charged your movie-watching batteries up last year.