Immortals trailer looks like 300, so what?
Oh dear, some people are getting rather annoyed that the trailer for the much awaited Immortals from the superb director Tarsem Singh looks like 300 (Filmstalker review) as if it's a bad thing. So what?
The trailer looks really good, and if you watch the trailer the story doesn't seem like 300 at all, try reading the blurb, and what's wrong if it looks like 300 anyway? That was a great film.
Or am I missing something? Is it bad that one film looks like another, because if it is we should scrap ninety percent of film right now. Okay, I get it, films can look the same as each other unless they deliver something new and exciting, then it's not allowed to be used elsewhere? What rubbish.
Yes, the Immortals trailer does carry a very similar style to 300 (Filmstalker review), you can see it in the backdrops and the colouring, you can see it in the time period and some of the action sequences, but at the same time it looks great and the story is very different.
Would these people rather it had been made in the style of Clash of the Titans? I think not, and if you've seen anything of Tarsem Singh's work then this doesn't seem too far off something he would deliver.
Yes there are similarities if you break it down, colouring, backdrops, costumes, time period, but combined with Singh, the story and some of these actors - Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, John Hurt, Mickey Rourke, Stephen McHattie - I think we're in for a great film that will make its own path well away from 300, don't you?
Here's the blurb to reinforce that:
Visionary director Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) and producers Gianni Nunnari (300), Mark Canton (300) and Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter) unleash an epic tale of treachery, vengeance and destiny in Immortals, a stylish and spectacular 3-D adventure.
As a power-mad king razes ancient Greece in search of a legendary weapon, a heroic young villager rises up against him in a thrilling quest as timeless as it is powerful. The brutal and bloodthirsty King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) and his murderous Heraklion army are rampaging across Greece in search of the long lost Bow of Epirus. With the invincible Bow, the king will be able to overthrow the Gods of Olympus and become the undisputed master of his world. With ruthless efficiency, Hyperion and his legions destroy everything in their wake, and it seems nothing will stop the evil king's mission.
As village after village is obliterated, a stonemason named Theseus (Henry Cavill) vows to avenge the death of his mother in one of Hyperion's raids. When Theseus meets the Sybelline Oracle, Phaedra (Freida Pinto), her disturbing visions of the young man's future convince her that he is the key to stopping the destruction. With her help, Theseus assembles a small band of followers and embraces his destiny in a final desperate battle for the future of humanity.
Now let's try out that trailer which looks superb, although I think that there's still more to come and it feels like there could be a stronger trailer yet. You can also see it over at Apple Trailers in high definition, and it is well worth it.