Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Macgruber gets a trailer.. and it's actually kinda funny?

If you're going to do a cheap cash-in, this is how you do it. You hire real actors (Val Kilmer, Powers Boothe, Ryan Phillippe), you set the film in something resembling the real world, and you make it look shiny and expensive. I must concede that I chuckled at least three times in this trailer, which was about three more than I was expecting. Kilmer has always been undervalued as a comedian, so it should be a blast to watch him ham it up as the heavy. Oddly enough, the film feels less like a riff on Macgyver and more like a spoof of 24, which is arguably a more topical reference template anyway. Still, while others may be hoping for a Richard Dean Anderson cameo (hopefully looking healthier than he did on his March 2009 SNL appearance), I'd personally flip for a climactic Michael Des Barres reveal. If you don't know who that is, you probably never watched Macgyver.

Scott Mendelson


Sean G said...

Val Kilmer has really put on some weight.

Sadly, this isn't my attempt at humor. Just an unfortunate observation.

Scott Mendelson said...

Eh, he's getting older and no longer has to play the dashing leading man. Like any number of too-quirky to be romantic leads (Alec Baldwin for example), he'll thrive as a character actor now that he's survived long enough to be considered 'distinguished'.


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