I am breathless in anticipation!

Friday, December 11, 2015

I am breathless in anticipation!

One of the discouraging realities learned from my years in the darkness of movie houses and screening rooms when I was a film reviewer for WRCN-FM, WWHB-FM and, briefly, WSNL-TV, was to play close attention to the trailers or, as the animated black-and-while title cards of my youth used to call them, "Previews of Coming Attractions."

The "discouraging" part was the fact that the trailers were too often much better than the full length features they were hyping, as I learned to my shock with 1978's ap­pallingly dull "The Cheap Detective," Neil Simon's all-star follow-up to his successful all-star "Murder By Death" two years earlier.

(The trailer's Film Editor, it seemed, knew how to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.)

I recalled this watching the trailer for the up-coming (July 1, 2016) version of "The Legend of Tarzan" this week.

I've seen numerous iterations of Edgar Rice Burroughs' celebrated orphaned British Lord raised by Kala of the Man­gani tribe of Great Apes, and while I was partial to the "Tarzan" of my youth, five-time Olympic Gold Medalist Johnny Weissmuller, I've always felt that 1984's "Grey­stoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes" with beetle browed Christopher Lambert in both loin cloth and formal wear, was the most faithful to the author's original concept.

Next year's version seems to be going the same route... I can hardly wait!

What I'm not looking forward to is the appearances of double Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz as yet another arch villain, and the over-exposed saturated Samuel L. Jackson!

(It's gotten so that when he asks "What's in your wallet?" for Capital One, I reflexively yell at the TV screen, "None of your !@%$#@¡ business!")

Otherwise I'm all in for the early matinee next July 1!

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