The World War Z trailer is finally here and I’m not sure what to make of it. It definitely isn’t the zombie-flick-starring-Brad-Pitt that I had in mind. In fact, it doesn’t even feel like a trailer for a zombie movie to me. It comes off more as an alien invasion summer blockbuster that is just substituting “zombies” in for its antagonists. The trailer doesn’t really show off any of the zombies in great detail. We just see a lot of quick shots with massive amounts of fast-moving crazy looking people. The scale of it all looks fun but the trailer sells the film as being a mindless summer blockbuster and creates an overwhelming generic feel to the movie. I’ve shamefully never read the book by Max Brooks, upon which this film is “based upon,” though I hope to correct that soon enough. I can’t really compare the footage to the book itself but there definitely seems to be a consensus online that the trailer gives a much different (and seemingly unwanted) take on the original material.
With all the production troubles that went on with the film and the fact that the trailer doesn’t exactly excite me in the way I wanted it to, I’m feeling a little less enthusiastic towards World War Z. I’m trying to remain optimistic however and hope that perhaps this is a trailer that is misrepresentative of the actual film (remember the trailer for John Carter? That trailer totally mis-sold that film in my opinion). I really like Brad Pitt as an actor and like the idea of him being in more genre films so it’d be great if this could turn out to be something worth watching, even if it doesn’t end up being a great adaptation of the book. I guess we’ll find out come next summer.
What do you think of the trailer for World War Z? Does it get you excited to see it?
Since the World War Z trailer left me a little less enthused, I thought I’d link to another trailer for another zombie flick called Warm Bodies that looks like it’s doing something a little different and fun within the genre. The zombie romantic comedy stars Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Dave Franco and Rob Corddry and is directed by Jonathan Levine (All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, 50/50). You can watch the trailer for that film here.
by Ben McBride