Interspersed in between the commercials for products shown during the Super Bowl were a half-dozen for major movies coming our way this spring. (Sorry, Bat-fans, no "Dark Knight Rises.")
Here we've ranked them in our order of enjoyment.
Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat character is hard for some people to take because he's fooling clueless real people, and some viewers squirm in sympathy. That's not a problem in "The Dictator," in which the only real people who are mocked are the infamous dictators themselves. Baron Cohen plays the all-powerful leader of a fictional country called the Republic of Wadiya. The trailer is brief, but the joke at the Kardashians' expense is pretty fun, as is the race scene. (May 11)
"Avengers" fans, you didn't just stop with the 30-second ad shown during the Super Bowl, right? Surely you followed the URL given at the end of the ad and sought out the longer version? Those of us who can't wait to see the Avengers Assemble got a little goosebump or two during the Super Bowl version when Tony Stark called Steve Rogers "Captain." But those who went to the URL listed at the end of the ad got an even better line, when Loki tells Stark "I have an army," and Stark blasts back with "We have a Hulk." Here's that longer version. (May 4.)
Confession: At first we thought Danny DeVito's eternally crabby voice was going to drive us away from "The Lorax," but we're kind of getting used to it. The colors and shapes in this Dr. Seuss adaptation are a delight, and the "that's a woman?" joke is straight out of Louie from "Taxi." (March 2)
"Act of Valor"
Hard not to be fascinated with the Navy SEALs, especially these days. The scene with an aerial view of the American flag being snapped over a casket is breathtaking. You don't get much of a sense of what the movie's about other than SEALs doing their brave duty, but that's kind of the point. (Feb. 24)
"G.I. Joe: Retaliation"
From real American heroes, to Real American Heroes (TM). Yes, those are dueling bald tough guys Bruce Willis and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson." Jay-Z quoted as if he's Shakespeare and Cobra flags being unveiled at the White House highlight this one. (June 29)
Why is no one making the "B-15! You sank my battleship!" joke in the "Battleship" trailer? Oh, we know, because they're taking it seriously, which only makes us fear this could be as bad as "Battle: Los Angeles." Really, it's better to keep your aliens hidden if they're going to look this dorky. Yes, that's Rihanna who says "Boom." (May 18)
This ad aired during the first quarter of Super Bowl XLVI.
"Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace" in 3-D
This gets our award for most misleading trailer of the night. It starts off with a bunch of scenes from the original trilogy, which isn't being re-released into theaters, before finally admitting that it's for the first of the prequels transformed into 3-D. These are NOT the droids we're looking for. (Feb. 10)
Oh, "John Carter," we do not have high hopes for you. That is all. (March 9)
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