This is a trailer for the movie Confucius, which was only released in Asia as far as I know and caused much conflict in China where the government pushed the very popular Avatar out of the theaters to get people to see it. I have no idea if it’s going to be released here or not, but I found the trailer interesting.
The trailer of this movie is very sweeping and cinematic, which seems odd for a bio-pic about a man who led a very quiet and simple, albeit extremely influential, life. This also appears to take Confucius to court and to war and I’m not really sure who the girl is, but his life is actually pretty well documented, all things considered, and he wasn’t a military man or a statesman. He was a philosopher and teacher. The beginning kind of shows that, but it pretty quickly moves away from that idea. My first thought was that perhaps this was simply the trailer trying to be exciting and not representing the movie very well, but some internet research suggests that the movie actually does portray Confucius as a diplomat and military strategist.
This trailer is long and, worse, feels that way. It is pretty, but not gripping. I didn’t find myself wrapped up in it, wanting to know what was going on or even caring about the people involved. Mostly I found myself wondering how long it was going to go on about half way through! That’s not a great strategy for a movie trailer. Length isn’t a problem if you keep your audience engaged, but it is one if they aren’t interested.
So what did you think? Did you find this trailer interesting or engaging? Did it make you want to see the movie?