Trailer Watch: Captain America, Sympathy for Delicious and more

I usually save Trailer Watch for Friday, but this week we had such a glut that I felt a midweek update was appropriate. We’ve got action, drama, family and raunchy, adult comedy, so let’s get this started.

First up, we have an adaptation of the Newberry winning classic, Mr. Popper’s Penguins. And honestly, it looks like a fun time out for the family. My first impression was “Thank heavens the penguins aren’t talking.” That, the fact that it looks mostly live action with a little CG in certain scenes, and that it’s directed by Mark Waters of the brilliant Mean Girls, will make it worth seeing.

An adaptation of the beloved 1938 children’s book, which won the 1939 Newbery Award. Mr. Popper is a house painter whose dreams of Arctic exploration prompt him to write letters to real explorers. One of them sends him a penguin, which he keeps in the icebox. Before he knows it, the painter has a litter of 12 beaked birds. They eat voraciously, leading him to form Popper’s Performing Penguins, a stage act that goes on tour and creates mayhem at every stop.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins opens on June 17, 2011.

So from there, let’s go straight to stoned swordsmen, killer dryads and genitalia jokes. I’m talking, of course, about the new red-band trailer for Your Highness.

While looking like a more adult Princess Bride (which isn’t a bad thing), Your Highness appears to have some charm, and will be hitting theaters on April 8, 2011.

This may be the strangest trailer I’ve seen in a while. It’s for Pom Wonderful presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Morgan Spurlock’s new documentary about product placement. And it’s funded entirely by product placement. As someone who is finally starting to read Naomi Klein’s No Logo, I find the premise interesting. Just watch.

Pom Wonderful presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold opens on April 22, 2011.

Based around one of the most controversial photos ever taken, The Bang Bang Club is “is the real life story of a group of four young combat photographers – Greg Marinovich, Joao Silva, Kevin Carter and Ken Oosterbroek – bonded by friendship and their sense of purpose to tell the truth. They risked their lives and used their camera lenses to tell the world of the brutality and violence associated with the first free elections in post Apartheid South Africa in the early 90s. This intense political period brought out their best work (two won Pulitzers during the period) but cost them a heavy price.”
I’ll let the interesting and violent trailer speak for itself.

The film stars Malin Akerman, Ryan Phillippe and Taylor Kitsch and is directed by documentarian Steven Silver. It opens on April 22, 2011.

I’m not sure how I feel about Sympathy for Delicious. The story of a paralyzed DJ who gains faith-healing powers is intriguing enough, but it could drop easily into dramatic-character-makes-bad-decisions-but-is-redeemed-by-faith cliche hell. However, the fact that director Mark Ruffalo won the Special Jury Prize at Sundance makes this an intriguing dark horse.

Sympathy for Delicious stars Christopher Thornton, Juliette Lewis, Orlando Bloom, Laura Linney and doesn’t yet have a wide release date.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a full trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger. And it looks like Joe Johnston may have knocked it out of the park.

I am converted. I was on the fence, but with Tommy Lee Jones, an appearance by Howard Stark, and what appear to be the Howling Commandos backing up Steve Rogers, my ass is already in a seat. So well done Marvel. You know what makes a superhero film.

Captain America: The First Avenger opens July 22, 2011.