(November 4, 2018) Original
(July 7, 2019) New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#2)
September 13, 2019
From IMDb: “Lance and Walter. One is a super cool and charming spy, and the other invents the super cool gadgets Lance uses. When an event happens, they must learn to rely on each other like never before in order to save the world.”
Poster Rating: C+ / C
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Review: (#1) The James Bond theme is obvious, the shadow of a pigeon is also modestly obvious.
(#2) The pigeon shadow is an eye-rolling effect that doesn’t boost the design’s creativity. Then again, nothing about this poster and its limited color palette is that creative.
Trailer Rating: C / B-
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Review: (#1) The “twist” in this trailer is fairly obvious if you see the poster first, but that doesn’t mute the impact of the trailer, which is pretty much already weak. It isn’t terribly funny and the animation is often quite ugly.
(#2) Now that we have a better idea of the film’s premise and the interaction between Will Smith and Tom Holland, we have a better idea of the kind of animated film this will be. That it’s overly fueled by Smith’s ego is not a point in its favor.
There aren’t many animated films in contention each year and this will likely be one of the few, but Blue Sky is not a studio that tends to gain traction with Oscar voters.