So, what makes an amazing trailer? In Synder's case, he mashes up visuals with music that should feel incongruous (An action movie about girls slaying dragons set to Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks", the cerebral Watchmen set to Smashing Pumpkins, an epic about Spartans set to Nine Inch Nails etc.) and somehow makes them work.
|Legends of the Guardians: Guardians of Ga'hoole is the one exception, as there is no way to make Owls wearing metal helmets look non-stupid. even in a good trailer. Also, this guy's name is "Metal Beak". Take that seriously if you can.|
|"Hey man, how do we pronounce Guardians of Ga'hoole? Gahooley? Gahoola? Gaahuul?!"|
I think Zack Synder is stuck in this weird loop where he produced stuff that probably fell short of what he wanted to do (300, in particular) but people praised him and it earned him a shit ton of accolades because he could do one thing (amazing visuals) really, really well. So, now, maybe he's stuck in that feedback loop because he never has to improve. He's making the studios he works with really happy, but maybe there is a great filmmaker inside him who he's suffocating. I know this sounds insane, but maybe he should've spent more time being a cinematographer before he burgeoned into being a great director. Either way, until then, I will watch his sumptuous, glorious, visceral trailers and skip his movies until they hit Netflix.
Are there other directors who make awesome trailers but underwhelming movies? If so, why do you think that is? Do you agree with my take on Synder? Do you think the Batman vs Superman movie is going to be any good? Do you love Guardians of Ga'hoole and are offended of my knee-jerk reaction to it? Let me know in the comment section!