On paper 47 Ronin sounds like a compelling proposal to marry a time-honored Japanese classic tale with a kind of modern The Lord of the Rings style take on the material. While this might initially sound jarring a close look at Japanese entertainment be it feature films, TV series or anime shows a strong supernatural trend where demons either co-exist or openly oppose the human world. This at least lends some credibility to 47 Ronin where the filmmakers have decided to amplify the source material with the addition of ogres, mystical powers and huge rampaging monster boars. The fact that the resulting film is so decidedly bland and unfocused is a real wonder as it feels as if too many competing interests have caused the film to simply go awry at nearly every turn.
We’ve already had one (awful!) Hercules movie this year and I’m not sure audiences are in the mood to see another, albeit with a much larger budget and a proven star in Dwayne Johnson. Still, you never know but judging from this first trailer I get the strong feeling that this footage really isn’t ready for prime time as there are a few downright atrocious CG shots that do not feel 100% complete.
I’m probably going to be in the minority here but Wilson Yip’s A Chinese Ghost Story remake of the 1987 classic of the same name, originally staring Joey Wong and Leslie Cheung, is more than a competent take on the tale that will achieve its primary goal – in bringing the story to a new generation of fans who, have no compunction to ever rent or buy a movie older than five years of age. That is not to say this new version is in any way better than the original but it does at least attempt to mix things up with a radical revision to the primary love story that puts a new spin on old material. Some will like it and others will rant at the dying of the light that this new version is sacrileges but they would be missing a decent tragic romance that at least is much more restrained than other recent fair that attempts emotional manipulation with the razor sharp skill of an abattoir butcher (I’m looking at you, The Sorcerer and the White Snake).
Here is the trailer for the long-awaited, Winter’s Tale, the film adaptation of Mark Helprin’s novel starring Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Matt Bomer and even Will Smith. This is Akiva Goldsman’s directorial debut after a long and illustrious career in Hollywood as a producer/screenwriter.
Universal Pictures has just released the second trailer for its sci-fi/fantasy film 47 Ronin. There is a lot of repeat footage from the first trailer but this full-length two minute trailer does a much better job at setting up the overall plot by once again casting Keanu Reeves as a kind of outsider who joins 46 masterless samurai on a quest for revenge against supernatural forces.
After being in production for what seems like an eternity we’re finally going to get a look at what Keanu Reeves has been up to for the last few years. 47 Ronin has had a ridiculously tough production since it was first announced way back in 2008. This was a movie that was initially penciled in for release in the spring of 2011 but ended up getting delayed for numerous reasons somewhat in the same vein as this summer’s World War Z that had to undergo massive reshoots. 47 Ronin is now expected to be released in Canada/USA on Christmas Day 2013.
Jeff Bridges reunites with his Big Lebowski co-star Julianne Moore in Seventh Son, yet another medieval fantasy adventure yarn filled with copious amounts of CG and based on a best-selling novel this time written by Joseph Delaney. The film also stars Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander, Jason Scott Lee and Djimon Hounsou. Directed by Sergei Bodrov this is a quite long two and a half minute trailer filled with a ton of completed FX shots but discerning moviegoers will probably realize that the reason for the film’s seemingly finished state is because it was recently postponed from 2013 to January 17 2014.