You’d be hard pressed to find two bigger stars in Hollywood right now than Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. Almost everything they touch turns to gold. It was only a matter of time, a short matter of time, before the two of them ended up as leads in the same film.
When the trailer released for the film that puts the two megastars together, I almost missed it. It was a day or two before it caught my eye, and quite frankly, it was the headline on Vox about the trailers that dropped last week, that caught my eye – “Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence’s Passengers is Basically Space Titanic” the headline read – click. (I’m a sucker for a headline. Click baiters LOVE me)
Here’s the thing – after watching the clip, I didn’t see that. I saw a few similarities, stretch similarities, but they’re there. Have a look at the trailer. I’ll wait.
Back? Good. OK, so I do see the similarity of the luxury ship. And I see the similarity of there being catastrophic problems with the luxury ship. I see the similarity of the stars being very attractive people, in love, but not really in the same way as rich Rose and poor Jack, who wins his ticket gambling. Maybe there is something to the schlocky, “You die, I die” Jennifer Lawrence line as a similarity, but I’ll wait to see it in context to see how schlocky it actually is.
What I did see is a film that looks absolutely stunning in its design. The ship, both inside and out is incredible. The Avalon is headed across the galaxy with a group of passengers who are set to hibernate their way through the 120 year voyage. Something goes wrong and Lawrence and Pratt wake up, just in time to see the big ship start to malfunction. There are lots of familiar themes there, but the idea of being the only two awake on the big ship offers some exciting possibilities.
I am a huge fan of both Pratt and Lawrence. The trailer is exciting and visually fantastic. This film jumped up my list of “Things I am Excited About”. I actually do have that list. Dorky, I know.
How about you? Are you excited for this film? Did you think the trailer was good, bad, Titanicy? Leave me a comment below or on social media. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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