Usually, trailers give me way more than I want. I don’t want to see too many details and scenes, especially important ones that give away too much of the movie. The ad campaigns that really did their job as far as hooking me as someone who didn’t really care at first, but got me more and more excited as the release date got closer and closer were Transformers, Iron Man and the upcoming Star Trek and Terminator Salvation. But then, sometimes trailers come up and surprise you for one reason or another.
Sometimes a trailer surprises you because you had no idea it was even int he works. I’m not the most connected guy when it comes to Hollywood news, but I like to think I stay pretty current on what’s coming out. Well, I was completely surprised when NBC posted the following trailer for an upcoming show called Community starring Joel Mchale and Chevy Chase (yes, FLETCH!!!) and produced, directed or created by someone involved in Arrested Development. Assuming Mchale stays on as the host of The Soup, I don’t see how Community won’t rock my face off.
And then, sometimes a trailer comes along that you fully expect to hate and it actually makes you want to see the movie. I felt that way when I first saw the trailer for Dance Flick. I’m assuming this is being made by the same people who made the sloppy and (from what I’ve heard, I haven’t seen them) awful, Movie Movies (Date, Epic, Scary, etc.). Well, I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve seen most of the goofy dance movies Dance Flick seems to be riffing on, that I have a soft spot for slapstick movies (I love Airplane, Hot Shots and the Naked gun movies) or the fact that it’s actually a quality movie, but this trailer did everything it’s supposed to. First it got me laughing, then it got me laughing harder. I’m not saying it ranks up there with the movies I mentioned above and they probably should have given the movie a more original title to separate this movie (which at least seems to have a more zeroed-in focus as far as what it’s satirizing), but Dance Flick actually looks funny. We shall see though.