||April 16, 2003
||Giant guitar, fart box, hand
|"In a world where..."
||"What if we see swordfish?"
||15% (Intelligent comedy, stars of Spinal
Normally, a trailer fails when it is just a mini-version of the
movie. The audience has a sense that they've seen it all. There's
no reason to see the full-length feature. Where others fail, the
trailer for A Mighty Wind succeeds.
The trailer opens with the standard TV news guy announcing that
folk music icon, Irving Steinbloom, has died. The three groups Steinbloom
managed; The Folksmen, The Main Street Singers and Mitch and Mickey
are reuniting to perform a final tribute concert.
After the setting is established we meet the colorful cast of characters:
the venue manager, the event financiers, the concert promoter and
of course the musicians. There are fifteen speaking parts in a two
and a half minute trailer. It could get confusing rather quickly,
but this trailer seamlessly fits them all in.
Harry Shearer, Michael McKean and Christopher guest reunite as bandmates
but this time instead of heavy metal rockers Spinal Tap they are
the quirky band The Folksmen whose records didn't have any holes
in the middle.
With a title like A Mighty Wind, there's definitely has to
be at least one fart joke and Fred Willard provides us with that.
However, I don't get the feeling that bodily functions will be the
main focus of funny in this feature. Guest and company are talented
enough that they don't have to rely on the gross and disgusting for
don't usually find Catherine O'Hara and Eugene Levy all that funny,
but they are hilarious in this trailer as the folk duo Mitch and
Mickey. Mickey has survived the drug-enhanced 60s and 70s a little
better than Mitch.
Conclusion on Trailer: Not very often do comedy trailers
make you laugh AND give you the feeling that all the jokes haven't
been used up. This trailer is entertaining in it's own right, and
that's not accomplished by many trailers.
Conclusion on Movie: If they do half as well on the movie
as they do in the trailer it would still be worth seeing.
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