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Ryan Gosling.
True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard, (above left).
True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard, (above left).PHOTO: YOUTUBE


Quick question - how do you turn Ryan Gosling into a bungling idiot coming straight out of a toilet? Why, just make him share a bungling-idiot toilet scene in this gumshoe comedy with Russell Crowe, of course. The surest way to de-glam and cook Gosling's pretty goose is to pair him with an irritable, cranky dude who now looks more like the tubby guy cooking an actual goose at a barbecue.

Gosling is the low-rent, scaredy- cat private eye. Crowe is the gruff, hard-nosed hired enforcer who loves punching people in the nose. This odd couple pair up in 1970s Los Angeles to find and protect the missing daughter of a justice official (Kim Basinger) from the mob amid gunfire, explosions and people falling to their deaths. But the true purpose here is to makeover these two previously very dramatic fellas into comical Laurel and Fat Hardy.


"The jungle consumes everything," says the opening line here. That's probably why in this teaser trailer you don't really get to see Tarzan (True Blood's Alexander Skarsgard) fully without his shirt on. But the little that you see of him, you can tell he looks like he works out like crazy at the 1,000 ha gym of Jungleland.

A colonially dastardly civilised guy (Spectre's Christoph Waltz) intrudes on Tarzan's tree-lined turf as though he's searching for King Kong. "He's Tarzan, you're Jane, he'll come for you," he tells Jane (Margot Robbie) as he kidnaps her.

With handsome gorillas, hunky African warriors, a high-rise tree house, cattle stampede and lots of tree-swinging, this movie looks like The Planet That Went Ape. But one huge thing is missing - Tarzan's famous "orr-ee-orr" cry.

Tay Yek Keak

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 06, 2016, with the headline 'Hot Trailers'. Print Edition | Subscribe