Lady Parts Episode 2.03: The Girl on The Train

A trailer has the capacity to make or break a film. A good trailer entices, it draws you in and makes you want to know more. All trailers are designed to speak to a target market, so are designed around specific emotions and themes.
Ghostbusters is a really interesting example. Already controversial in its conception (holy shit, female Ghostbusters?! Are you mad?! #childhoodruined) the trailer had a lot of work to do. It needed to appeal to a new audience, an old audience, and a skeptical audience - a tricky balance of nostalgia, action, and comedy.

The character posters were awesome and did a great job of threading the old with the new. And then the trailer...It wasn't great for a lot of reasons. Kevin Smith does a good job of articulating my issues with the Ghostbusters Official Trailer, so I won't go into it here, but the gist of it is it wasn't all that great.
Which brings me to this month's trailers of mention - Rogue One and The Girl on the Train.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Official Trailer was an interesting story. Rogue One is the first of a new strain of Star Wars stories. Not constrained by the original stories, and flush on the success of A Force Awakens, Rogue One has only a tangential link to the original series. So it's unsurprising that this first trailer holds so much backstory. It's a slow moving trailer which is a really interesting choice as the Star Wars series has rarely been a slow moving story. There's a lot to like about this trailer, but it doesn't inspire the SF nerd girl within. It left me somewhat wary about the direction of the series, but also a little intrigued that they would go for a think piece as promo.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Official Trailer #2, however, is an action-packed romp of character introductions with a splash of Jedi-style hope thrown in the mix. I was much more engaged and excited, and this aligns so much more with the action-packed tone of the new series (i.e. A Force Awakens).
The Girl on the Train Official Trailer is amazing. Evocative, tense and intoxicating. The song choice is spot on, and the action is taut and fast-paced. Sadly the trailer may be the best part of this film. I was anxious watching the trailer and expected a taut, psychological thriller. What we got was a lank whodunnit. Whether it's a failing of the film or the trailer, I'm not sure, but what the trailer promised was not delivered in the film. What the trailer promised would have made an excellent film, and I'm sorry to say it wasn't the movie I saw.

For more thoughts on trailers, Poldark and Aquaman, check out episode 2.03 of Lady Parts Podcast.


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