Did this trailer make me want to see the movie?
What could be more boring than baseball for most folks? Watching a film about baseball.
And, if you want to kick the boring equation up a notch, make the film be about a low scoring, low-paid, low-star power team.
Yet the trailer makes the viewer want to see what Brad Pitt is doing in this Baseball flick.
Even more importantly, the trailer makes the story seem compelling to different types of viewers – folks familiar with the book and story want to see how the film handles it; Baseball buffs want to see how history is handled by Hollywood; And casual passers by are sucked in because of the clever dialogue and created interest through thoughtful, careful use of film footage.
Was the trailer effective as a commercial?
Simply because it highlighted the right parts of the product (the film): Brad Pitt, The theory of Money Ball, Aaron Sorkin’s witty writing, and the previously mentioned baseball historical context.
Unlike most film trailers, Money Ball‘s trailer did not tell the entire story. It gave a hint, a taste.
Like great commercials for any product, this trailer gave a look at the interesting, emotional, touching, compelling pieces of the product, without going to far.
Two Bonus Questions (and Two Bonus Answers):
1. Why is Brad Pitt always around the best actor award, and never goes home with it?
He has been a good actor for a long time and has become under-appreciated for that reason, along with his fame and frequent tabloid appearances. He might try waiting a year or two for his next film, then taking another roles like Tree of Life or Money Ball. I bet if we had not seen him for a few years he could have one for either one (or both) of those roles.
2.Will Movie Trailer Tuesday End Now That You Have Analyzed All Nine Oscar-Nominated Films?
Not a chance!