Posted by: Jeff | October 30, 2009

Trailers, Trailers Everywhere

And trailer music, again. First up is Invictus, Clint Eastwoods upcoming film about Nelson Mandela’s attempt to unite post-apartheid South Africa behind the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Around the trailer’s halfway mark, an African chant by Ladysmith Black Mambazo kicks in. That same group also collaborated with Paul Simon on his heavily African-inspired 1986 album “Graceland.” And when you’re five years old and your mother plays the same damned album incessantly, over and over, every family car trip, you kind of fall in love with it whether you want to or not. With the result that I am a total emotional sucker for this trailer. (And Matt Damon’s line about forgiveness certainly doesn’t help matters.)

Not all that surprisingly, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is contributing to the film’s soundtrack. So this music may wind up in the finished film, which would just be too cool for school.

Next up is the new Avatar trailer, which is just big in every sense of the word. (Including length, at over three minutes.) Some of the music in the first minute sounds like James Horner’s style, so again we may be getting a snippet of the film’s actual score.

It does look like Cameron is sticking close to well-trod ground in terms of story, theme and “moral message.” Ferngully meets Dances With Wolves is a pretty spot-on description. On the other hand, in terms of sheer, colossal, smack-your-forehead visual spectacle, this trailer delivers in spades. When you put the music and the visuals together, you get a pretty affecting mix, in particular the trailer’s “welcome to Pandora” sequence.

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