Thursday, February 14, 2008

My personal reactions

Before reading this you ought to watch the teaser trailer in the post below. Get to it. Ok, get ready for very little joking and wise-cracking and analysis and a lot of personal (and potentially embarrassing) reveals.

A long time ago a young boy in Woodland Hills, California sat down and watched a VHS tape that his dad brought home from work that looked like this:
Look at that cover. It was incredibly exciting and promised a lot of action; guys with swords, sinister looking Nazis (who the boy knew from a very, VERY early age were no good), a very pretty lady and then there was the guy in the center. The man with the whip and the hat He looked rugged and daring and larger than life. The little boy watched that movie, sure he was scared and grossed out a lot but boy was it exciting. It was the most exciting thing he had maybe ever seen and it made him feel good to see it. He wanted to be the hero and as Purim and Halloween pictures would attest he dressed up like him a lot with a too-big leather jacket, makeshift whip, satchel, gun and of course the hat. It sparked his imagination and made him want to dream and explore and travel. It made him feel so good that the boy fell in love with that feeling and so a great romance was born between the boy and movies. And for that I cannot thank Misters Spielberg, Lucas, Ford, Williams and the entire cast and crew of Raiders of the Lost Ark enough.

So how do I feel about the new teaser. I love it from frame one. I really do. I love that it looks film-y and barely digitally tweaked. The costumes and the chases and whip action. Man there is nothing greater then a man swinging from something. Of course the clincher, the thing that started the tears flowing was the score. My god, the score. As iconic as the costume is there is nothing that even gets close to what is probably the greatest piece of film music ever. Oh sure there's a teensy, tiny nagging voice in the back of my head making minuscule quibbles about timing and the needless legacy reminders (like we forgot who Indiana Jones is? Really?), but really this is a perfect teaser because it sells the action and feel of the film without spoiling ANY of the plot. Oh sure there are clues (check out the location on the crate) but you really have to go out of your way online to put it into context. And THAT is the mark of a good teaser.

So, what did YOU think of the teaser?

5 comments:

Nate said...

TOO MUCH CG MAKE NATE GO CRAAAZY!!
TOO MUCH CG MAKE NATE GO CRAAAZY!!
TOO MUCH CG MAKE NATE GO CRAAAZY!!

TOO MUCH CG MAKE NATE GO CRAAAZY!!

TOO MUCH CG MAKE NATE GO CRAAAZY!!

TOO MUCH CG MAKE NATE GO CRAAAZY!!

TOO MUCH CG MAKE NATE GO CRAAAZY!!

El Gigante said...

Ah I'll explain this comment to the normals later today.

El Gigante said...

Normal people that aren't my friend who's about to burn down the Skywalker Ranch please still feel free to post.

nate said...

i'm much more likely to invade and occupy Skywalker Ranch, actually. It's REALLY REALLY nice there...

nate said...

So, El Gigante,

What were you going to explain?