Trailer Talk: Jungle Book and Steve Jobs

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Trailer Talk is where we discuss movie trailers and make snap judgments/ predictions (Many of which turn out to be wrong later) 

Jungle Book

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba and Bill Murray

Director: Jon Favreau

Release Date: April 15th 2016

You put Bill Murray in any movie and I’m sold, add in Scarlett Johansson (with whom he produced my favorite movie “Lost in Translation”) and you can pretty much take the money straight from my wallet because I’m there. Enlisting Jon Favreau as the director is an interesting choice but not surprising given he helped make Disney a Scrooge McDuck pool of money directing Iron Man 1 & 2, his track record otherwise is hit and miss, nothing that would sway me for or against this movie.

As for the trailer itself I think it’s a little too CGI orientated for my liking but Ang Lee managed to make a stellar film (Life Of Pi) using similar CGI effects so that part is not an overwhelming concern. Speaking of Life Of Pi, You’ll have to excuse me if you hear someone yelling “RICHARD PARKER! “every time Shere Khan (the tiger) makes an appearance at your screening… that’ll probably be me and I apologize in advance.

Stray Observations

  • Bill Murray singing “ The Bare Necessities” will be worth the price of admission alone
  • Relying heavily on a child actor as your only live action actor is always a risk
  • Emma Stone is in line to one day take Scarlett Johansson’s voice roles (they have similar smoky gravely voices) – both have hypnotizing voices when given the right lines
  • Coming off the surprise success of the live action Cinderella movie, it’s hard to be against this film even if I think Disney’s animated films will forever be the company’s best work

Steve Jobs

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen

Directed by Danny Boyle

Release Date: October 23rd 2015

It’s hard to bring up this movie without bringing up it’s terrible Ashton Kutcher led predecessor Jobs which was such a poor effort that it might turn people away from seeing this one. Let me try to convince you otherwise:

  1. Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, West Wing) wrote the screenplay and he is the master of writing dialogue, Some trademark Sorkin walking and talking is seen in the trailer
  2. Danny Boyle is one of the better directors out there with hits like Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting and 28 Days Later among his best work.
  3. Fassbender has quietly become one of Hollywood’s most consistent and reliable performers showing ability to play diverse roles

Given that the supporting actor categories are usually light compared to the leads I would not be surprised if Rogen manages to score a supporting nomination come Oscar season, you laugh because he is known for being the stoner comedian but when given the right material the guy can capture dramatic moments as well (Go see Take This Waltz for a good example).

The trailer doesn’t show anything particularly new or groundbreaking (afterall this is a Biopic) but if this is anything like “The Social Network” I expect this to be great.

Stray Observations

  • Would have loved to see what David Fincher and Christian Bale could have done with this but Boyle and Fassbender will do fine
  • Bale bears a stronger resemblance than Fassbender as well
  • I have doubts about the box office numbers for this one. The cult of Apple seems to have died down a little with really nothing groundbreaking since Jobs passed and the intrigue over Jobs in the months after his death has faded in the minds of the public as the years have gone by
  • The gradual formation of the “I” throughout the trailer was annoying to me but Boyle is known for his usage of split screens
  • SOHN’s Lessons plays in the back half of this trailer..interesting choice
  • Jeff Daniels got to dust off his Will McAvoy hairstyle for this one
  • “The plan will reveal itself when you’re ready to see it” is delivered wonderfully in the trailer. Just the right amount of smug arrogance
Nate Lam
Nate Lam
Editor-in-chief of Before The Cyborgs. Part-time filmmaker and occasional short story author. One day he hopes to be as cool as Bill Murray.



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