While most newspapers and magazines devote December to the Best Films of 2007 (and sometimes the worst too), the LA Times has gone one step further and polled its contributors on the highlights and misses when it comes to the 60 second Cliff notes version of the film meant to entice the masses to the megaplex. The one they liked the least was Speed Racer:
This trailer is clearly made for movie novices — those young folk (perhaps age 7 and below) who have not yet learned that if a movie includes a monkey, lines like “You think you can drive a car and win a race and change the world? It doesn’t work that way!” and John Goodman AND it is not directed by the Coen brothers who can make just about anything work, then that movie is certainly doomed to failure. Add some horrible looking graphics and a seizure inducing pace, and this is hands-down the worst trailer of the year.
It is worth flicking through the rest of the ‘winners’ just for the categories (‘Best trailer for a mediocre movie’). With the WGA threatening to boycott the Oscars and Golden Globes, it is good to see print journalists picking up the baton for most entertaining award presentation instead.