One of the documentaries that I had most fun watching last year was the brilliant 'The King of Kong: A fistful of quarters' Directed by Seth Gordon (above). That film followed the lives of Billy Mitchell and Steve Weibe as they competed over the Donkey Kong world record. I know what you're thinking, but thrust me, it's gripping. You cheer the hero, boo the villain and are on a roller-coaster of emotions the whole way through.
Now the trailer has popped up online for Gordon's followup, this time it is a traditional narrivive film in the form of a romantic comedy called 'Four Christmases'. The film stars Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon playing a young couple trying to avoid spending time with their families over christmas, unfortunately for them their plan gets rumbled and they end up having to spend time with their four parents separately (hence the title).
You can check out the trailer here.
Now, I'll be honest with you, i didn't laugh at all during the trailer. Romantic comedies like this really aren't my thing normally (with a few notable exceptions e.g. Wedding Crashers) If it wasn't for the fact that this is directed by Seth Gordon it probably would have passed completely by me without ever getting on my radar. Another problem I have with the movie is that Gordon is yet to prove himself as a narrative filmmaker. Sure, 'The King of Kong' was presented in a very cinematic way and put across it's story very well but the skill set needed for his new film is completely different (getting good performances out of actors, setting up well composed shots etc.).
I will probably see this film, and I hope I'm wrong and Gordon knocks it out of the park, but at the moment I have my doubts.