Saturday, October 31, 2009


This week I have been to see two films at the cinema: Creation (the story of Charles Darwin's personal life) and Up (the latest adventure from Pixar).

Before seeing these films I had seen the trailers to both.  The Creation trailer excited me greatly, the Up trailer made me think Pixar had finally run out of ideas.

I was disappointed with Creation - very little happens, there was not enough of Darwin's work and its effects on his and his wife's relationship, the science vs religion debate was barely mentioned, and that debate presented the issue as firmly either/or rather than both/and.  All the best bits of the film were in the trailer.  I would probably go as far as saying that the trailer was as good as the film.

In contrast, I was very impressed with Up - it was very well animated, laugh-out-loud funny, poignant and moving.  I felt the trailer did not do the film justice at all.

The differences between these two films and trailers really made me realise what an impact a trailer can have.  From the trailers, I was more excited about Creation than Up, but having seen the films, there is no contest as to my favourite.

On a similar note, the greatest ever trailer is the trailer for The Two Towers.  After the enormity of FOTR a year earlier and the agonising wait for the next installment, this trailer got me more excited about a film than I had ever been.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I had the same thoughts about the trailer for Up. Come to think about it, I thought the same about Walle. I think the genius of Pixar is the kind of stories they tell and I wonder if that is why they are so difficult to reduce to a neat trailer.