Trailer Trash – Lone Ranger Not Fade Away

by deerinthexenonarclights

You know the drill by now; trailers and thoughts on and from the two films in the title to follow after the jump.

The Pirates of the Caribbean films are something that people either love or hate (and based on the Box office numbers it would seem that there are more of the former) but personally I’m a little torn. The first film was a rollicking ride, capturing exactly the spirit of the literal ride that it was based on but from there the series got too bloated by its success, too serious and too focused on one of its stars. I don’t hate the second and third films like many do, but I was dissappointed by them.

So while I was initially rather excited when I heard that the project that the pair would work on next was to be The Lone Ranger: it seemed a nice fit for Depp and Bruckheimer, the former would be relegated to a more minor role and the latter would have a smaller story and production to handle. Then they actually started filming and straight away reports started coming out about budgets bursting, temper tantrums and a general loss of control; so I lowered my hopes. Now comes the first trailer and instead of confirming one way or the other how the film will be it has simply torn me further, check it out to see why:

Now for one it looks great; the grounded but grand spectacle of the action combined with the very interesting narration had me hooked right in. This is exactly the kind of movie that I wanted Bruckheimer to be making; massive yes, but also more than that and more importantly in an area that was new. I don’t know what the story is, who the characters are or why this is a movie but I know where I want to be come opening day.

Then comes the latter half of the trailer which zooms in a little on these elements: we are given some story as the narration is now Depp’s to handle and we see the characters, though Arnie Hammer – the title character – is relegated to fickle flashes of footage while Depp is given deeper footing, the pomp and bombast grows and we finish up on a shot of Depp’s Tonto in an oh-so-hilariously awkward action scene and *sigh* the card at the end, the one that says The Lone Ranger consists entirely of Depp’s made-up eyes.

It doesn’t take a trilogy, in the space of a ninety second trailer this film has progressed fully along the Pirates journey. I hope that this is jsut for the sake of marketing, that the film itself may be different or at least better at this blockbuster fare but now more than ever I just want to see that film from the start. Am I over-reacting, as overly obsessed with Depp as the fangirls and what did you think of the trailer?


Now for something completely different to a Monty Python sketch, David Chase’s feature debut Not Fade Away. Chase, of course, made his name with The Soprano‘s , a show that – I don’t think it’s crazy to say – has had something of a cultural impact on the entertainment of this millennium. When that show infamously faded away to black all those years ago he stepped away from the scene and hasn’t been seen since, so his return here is a major moment; the film that he looks to have made though is not a major one, it’s not likely to change cinema or even make it into Oscar contention. It’s a small, subdued two minutes that we are given here but I for one loved every second of it. Have a look:

The Soprano‘s is mistakenly thought of as a show about mobsters, as Goodfellas or The Godfather stretched out to series length, but the truth is that the show was so much stranger and slighter than that. Yes there were hits and murders but they were all as quick as they were rare, the real core of the show domestic issues and marital conflicts; it was then about the family that most of us are more familiar with.

Not Fade Away seems to stick to that theme, showing Tony Soprano himself, Mr. James Gandolfini, fighting with his firstborn about how to live in late sixties America. The son and his friends hear the Stones, grow out their Blonde on Blonde Dylan-like locks and try to head into the East Village to make a name for themselves. Likethe work of his Protege Matt Weiner then this seems to be a tale of passing generations, one about receding tides and the new waves that replace them only the focus here is on the Turks, the tone though is much the same. The film seems to be all about the feel of the era, specifically the feel of the music and not cutting away from that backing track suggests this brilliantly.

I’ve been looking forward to this one for years now and I hope to hear that it delivers. Wonder how he will end it?