Welcome to “Trailer Tuesday” where I talk about trailers for upcoming movies, since I’ve always found them to be endlessly fascinating.
For today’s Trailer Tuesday I was going to do Austenland, but I couldn’t find a version of the trailer that I could embed here (so look for that sometime soon). Instead, today you’re going to get R.I.P.D., the supernatural comedy coming on July 19. Take a look, and read on for my thoughts:
I was surprised to see a trailer for this during my movie marathon a couple of weeks ago. I’d read about the film during production, but had totally forgotten about it, only to be surprised to see it pop up only a month or so before its release. I’m so used to being sick of hearing about movies before they even come out (After Earth) that it’s nice to be caught a little bit by surprise.
The trailer seems fun, regardless of my general lack of enthusiasm for Ryan Reynolds. It comes off as a paranormal Men in Black (or a comedy version of Constantine), which isn’t a bad thing. Of course, it helps that Jeff Bridges is here in the Tommy Lee Jones role. R.I.P.D. tells the story of the “Rest in Peace Department,” a group of deceased law officers who return to earth in order to protect humanity from the supernatural.
The movie is directed by Robert Schwentke, who directed the tonally similar Red, which was a film that surprised me. I feel like in that movie he showed an ability to get out of the way of the actors and let the humor feel natural, which I’m hoping can carry over to this movie. He’s brought along Mary-Louise Parker (from Red), and filled the supporting cast with recognizable faces. I don’t know how much mileage he can get out of James Hong as the avatar for Ryan Reynolds, but from the other commercials I’ve seen, he looks to be the highlight of the film. Also, for some reason, I love the lone cactus on Parker’s desk, and the tall, glass bottle of Fresca she’s drinking. I don’t know why, but sometimes little details like that just make me smile.
What do you think? Interested in seeing R.I.P.D.? Had enough Ryan Reynolds? Are you surprised that advertising for this movie has been delayed until the last minute? Let me know in the comments!