It's all happening, boys and girls.
It's one thing when a trailer for a forthcoming, much-anticipated film looks impressive
, and another thing entirely when it looks good
. Some of the trailers for Iron Man have been awful. Some good, and some impressive.
But it's not enough just to impress. A lot of us did sit back in slack-jawed disbelief when the first trailer for Episode 1 came out, but then the film itself created a different flavour of disbelief. It's very difficult to make a blockbuster look good these days. They just look... like blockbusters. A genre that's come a long way since they were must-see films for a reason, not just through lack of choice. They have to be bland, they have to hit certain emotional points and show a certain sense of scale, ticking off everything on a great long market-tested list, but all that huffing and puffing isn't blowing the house down anymore. They're boring.
Let's not forget it was Spielberg who invented the blockbuster, with Jaws. No-one does it better. And let this trailer show you the way:
It's pitch perfect. It's weary and electric and romantic and classic Indy. The cobwebbed bodies. The fistfights, choroegraphed but somehow more real than anything Orlando Bloom learned in a pair of Hugo Boss sweatpants. The motor oil, waterfall, shafts of light stillness. The editing style which is EXACTLY Indy. It's not slick, it's nothing new, it's just - right. Forget the artificial adrenaline of jump-cuts. This is adventure.
If it feels like Indy - Good god, his appearance in silhouette! - then let it be Indy. Bring it on.