One of the presentations at this year’s Comic-Con that apparently blew audiences away was the one for Francis Ford Coppola’s Twixt. It’s a mind-scrambler of a project, a vivid, 3D modern fantasy filled with oddball characters, hallucinations and dreamscapes, serial killers and Val Kilmer. Even more unusual will be its release process, which will consist of a sort of traveling road show wherein Coppola and company release a different version of the film in each of the 30 cities that they’ll visit. The story will warp and bend depending on when and where you see it. It’s a fascinating experiment, which will either be a modern marvel of cinematic evolution, or a colossal failure of epic proportions.
I am, to say the least, intrigued. Which is why I jumped when I saw that the first trailer is finally here, in time for its Toronto International Film Festival debut. The film has a strong, if unusual cast — Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern, Elle Fanning, Ben Chaplin (playing Edgar Allen Poe… sort of), Joanne Whaley, and David Paymer (not to mention Tom Waits as the narrator). So, here’s the trailer:
So, there’s that. I had two initial thoughts after seeing it the first time. The first thought was, “what the fuck just happened?” And the second was, “that looked… kind of terrible.”
Which means that either an entire roomful of film fans got duped at Comic-Con, or it’s a shittily cut trailer, or it’s a film that really will need to be “experienced” before you can truly pass judgment on it (oh, spare me the “don’t judge a film by its trailer” nonsense. Or, if you truly believe that, then have fun at Zookeeper).
So which is it, kids? I’m thinking there’s more than meets the eye here, and even though I wasn’t hooked by the trailer (translation: I found it pointless and rather cheesy), I’m still kind of curious.