From time to time, I share trailers for movies that intrigue me, either because they look promising or because they look so utterly bizarre. Today, I have both.
Bizarre first: The trailer up top is for “Pride And Prejudice And Zombies” a movie due to be released next year that’s based on Jane Austen’s classic, Pride and Prejudice—with zombies. Okay, that’s not actually true: It’s based on a 2009 parody novel also called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. From the Wikipedia description of the novel:
“The story follows the plot of Pride and Prejudice, but places the novel in an alternate universe version of Regency era England where zombies roam the English countryside. Described as the ‘stricken’, ‘sorry stricken’, ‘undead’, ‘unmentionables’, or just ‘zombies’, the deceased ancestors of England are generally viewed by the characters as a troublesome, albeit deadly, nuisance.”It’s a bizarre idea—but maybe it works?
Next up is more conventional sort of movie, but also kind of odd, “Hail Caesar” (trailer at bottom of this post). USA Today said:
“How do you get George Clooney as a bumbling actor, Scarlett Johansson in a mermaid costume, Channing Tatum dancing in a sailor outfit and Tilda Swinton all in one movie? You call the Coen Brothers, that's how.”Yep, pretty much. And yet, it has a great cast, an interesting idea, and the Coen Brothers’ movies are often good in a quirky sort of way (I loved Fargo, for instance). This looks like it could be good.
I have no idea whether either of these films will turn out to good or not. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see—so to speak…