Shiri’s Prediction: I wouldn’t see this movie if someone offered to pay me to do so because I would never, ever be able to get those two house of my life back. The trailer was so boring I stopped it half way in. If you want a disaster movie, see a disaster movie (I’d give you an example, but it’s not a genre I frequent). If you want to see a gladiator movie watch… well, Gladiator or 300 which doesn’t have gladiators, but does have cool helmets and killing and abs. So many abs. If you ask most people, they’ll be able to tell you at least the basics of what happened when Vesuvius went boom. Thusly, if one is going to ask people to sit through the lead up for however long before the boom even happens, they’re going to have to come up with something better than whatever it was I just wasted two minutes staring at. I predict a standard “boy gets captured and sold to the gladiator pits and grows up with a six pack which catches eye of princess blah blah blah forbidden love blah blah blah disaster blah blah blah death.” Sort of like if the Titanic had run into a volcano or Romeo and Juliet had lived near a volcano or there had been a volcano near Sparta or… (inset star crossed lovers and add “a volcano,” much as you might add “with a goat” to the end of a fortune cookie fortune). The story has been done to death and it’s even been done well a few times.
I’d rather read Jeckyll and Hyde again. By which I mean I’d rather cram hot pokers into my eyes while someone shoves scotch bonnet and thai bird peppers into my pie hole.
Luke’s Prediction: What? I don’t think Shiri and I watched the same preview.
This movie looks like a classic of modern cinema.
In fact, based on this preview, I am willing to just call it now, this movie is going to run every category at the Oscars come next fall.
My one quibble is that I am a little worried that it might not do as well as it could have, they should have just called it: “Jon Snow vs. the Volcano”.
<edit by Luke to fix some typos>