Posted by: ckckred | June 15, 2012

Trailer Analysis: Flight

For the first time since 2000’s Castaway, Robert Zemeckis is going back to live actions films with Flight.  And that’s a good sign.

Since Polar Express, Zemeckis has worked on motion capture animation with not too much success.  Not only does it give the film a high price tag, but many complained that it allowed more focus on visuals than emotion or storytelling.  The only motion capture film I’ve seen that has worked is The Adventures of Tintin, which is a Spielberg film.

I thought Polar Express was a okay film, but thought the visuals looked too stilted.  I hated Beowulf, mostly because I thought it was a gross adaption of the old English tale.  A Christmas Carol was better, but not nearly as good as some of the other adaptions.  And after Mars Needs Moms, Zemeckis’ ImageMovers Digital went bankrupt (Zemeckis didn’t direct the film but produced it and destroyed his wish to make a motion capture remake of Yellow Submarine).

From the trailer of Flight, Zemeckis looks like he’s trying to make a darker film, a new turn for the director, who known for making happy, enjoyable films, such as Forrest Gump and Back to the Future.  I have to admit I liked the look of the movie but was not totally intrigued.  It looks too much like an average thriller that Hollywood makes all the time.  Zemeckis’ best film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, stood out from the wave of family films because of its unique style and humor.

I’ll probably catch Flight (the plane story probably came from Sully landing the plane in the Hudson a few years ago).  I don’t think it looks as good as other films coming out this year, but it’s worth a watch.

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