2009 Superbowl Movie Commercials

This will be updated as more movie commercials/trailers are added to the mix.

Race to Witch Mountain

Land of the Lost

It’s got Will Ferrell (which could be a plus or minus) and Anna Friel (a bonus) in it, but that’s about all I can say positively for this flick.  Universal looks like it has a trainwreck on its hands, everything from the plot, visuals, and jokes seems underwhelming pedantic. Seriously, though, what’s up with the Matt Lauer references?


Pixar has yet to disappoint and by all accounts, they won’t with Up. Disney has also released a little short called Adventures with Carl and Russell which involves the unlikely duo’s journey through the jungle. While the story seems a lot more subdued than previous Pixar films, the characters are just so immediately lovable.  What strikes me as interesting about this movie will be its reception.  Pixar raises the bar with each movie, but with each new movie everyone says they’ll never top that one.  Will Up continue this trend?

G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra

It’s hard to take this movie seriously and something tells me that Stephen Sommers doesn’t.  I think this thing is going to be aimed squarely at young kids and teenagers, which is G.I. Joe’s target.  I’m almost glad that they’re not aiming for the disgruntled 30+ crowd, who’s no doubt going to be disappointed with the movie anyways.  Well, they’ve got my attention.  Especially the shot at the end with Snake Eyes flipping over a car.  That’s badass.  Though the goofy supersuits could be done away with.  Everything up until that reveal had me going, okay cast looks spot on plot seems like generic summer blockbuster fair.  All in all, this might be something I can get behind.

Fast and Furious

Is it good or bad that Michelle Rodriguez, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster and Vin Diesel are grovelling back to the racecar franchise that made them famous?  Now in it’s fourth installment, the franchise should be going the way of straigh to DVD and yet it isn’t.  Because said stars are all coming back for more.  Look, the first movie was better (re: fun) than it had any right to be.  Can they capture the same magic this time around?  Hard to say, but I see nothing hear that makes me think this will be anything more than disposable summer claptrap.

Also, I love the trailer opening with Paul Walker saying, “A lot has changed.”  Um, no.  Unless you mean there’s a bigger budget this time around.

Star Trek

I’m already sold.  Great cast and with J.J. Abrams at the helm I’m fully convinced he can make not only a decent Trek picture but one that appeals to a wider audience.  We’ll call it the Star Wars audience.  The other space franchise has no problem appealing to a wide audience, but for whatever reason Star Trek has been relegated to nerds, dorks and geeks.  It’s been stigmatized.  I don’t think that will be the case this summer.  We see some new shots, but overall not a whole lot more than what’s already been revealed.

Year One

Columbia Pictures has released a sneak preview of the upcoming Judd Apatow-produced biblical comedy Year One. The film stars Jack Black and Michael Cera, as a couple of lazy hunter-gatherers who are banished from their primitive village, and set off on an epic journey through the ancient Biblical world.

Directed by National Lampoon’s Vacation and Groundhog Day helmer Harold Ramis, and written by Office scribes Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg (you know, the guys working on the new Ghostbusters script).

The Super Bowl sneak preview clip shows Black and Cera’s characters trying to hunt for food, when they run into a bunch of farmers named Cain and Abel (David Cross and Paul Rudd).  They also run into Adam and Eve, Sodom and Gomorrah, etc.

I’m not entirely sold that this is anything more than an extended sketch-comedy skit or will be anything better than other pre-historic comedy movies (re: Caveman starring Ringo Starr).  I love that Michael Cera can’t play anything other than shy and awkward, even as a caveman he comes across as George Michael Bluth.  Adorable or a sign that his career will be over in five years?

Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen

ZOMG!  I can’t Michael Bay just reduced me to a 14-year-old fanboy.  We’ve obviously saved the best for last.  A few things.  It looks like the dog robot is Ravage and the giant fucking robot that Optimus Prime hangs off of at the end of the trailer is only one of the Destructicons.  So do the math, but if there are 9 of them in the movie forming Devastor, then the mother of all robots is going to the size of a Dubai skyscraper.

Massive.  This movie is going to be massive both in scale and at the box office this summer.  Still, no Dinobots and that’s just disappointing.

According to Slashfilm, a couple of weeks ago one of the Constructicon toys found their way online at tf08.net.  “The unnamed Transformer which has been referred to as the figure’s alt mode: “Steam Shovel” appears to look exactly like the Transformer at the end of the Super Bowl clip. TFW2005 user yizhi521 has even posted an image of the toy with a Legends Of Cyberton series Optimus Prime hanging on to the figure, and it looks very much to scale. I’m not sure about you guys, but the image below looks a lot like the huge transformer shown at the end of the teaser,” writes Peter Sciretta.

What has me curious though, is that the photo below looks exactly like the final image from the teaser trailer.  It seems odd that this photo would surface weeks early and then show up in the Superbowl teaser.  Meaning what?  I’m not sure to be honest, just that either the Transformers fan wanted to see how big the toy was compared to Optimus Prime or that it’s too convenient a coincidence.


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  • Hannah March 1, 2009, 10:11 am

    I can’t add your rss feed to my reader, what could be the problem?

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