If you plan on seeing Bruno this weekend, as I’m sure most of us are, there’s a high probability that you’ll catch the first official trailer for Jennifer’s Body, Megan Fox‘s first leading-woman flick scripted by Juno award-winner Diablo Cody. I’ve posted some early stills from the film here, so it should come as no mystery that I’m anticipating this one. Let’s make it clear right here, right now, though—–I’m not looking forward to this in the Shutter Island sense. Nope. More in that age-old “hard not to watch trainwreck” way. As hot as Fox is, she’s a pretty horrendous actress, so there’s strike one, and then there’s the fact that every Jennifer’s Body script review that I’ve read first or second hand has been negative, some even downright scathing.
And, I may become a pariah amongst all men, but I’m also growing a bit tired of Miss Fox. Beautiful is still beautiful, but Megan Fox overkill is setting in, folks. Too many magazine covers and red carpet photos in too short a time span. Besides, I subscribe to the belief that her Jennifer’s Body co-star Amanda Seyfried (Mean Girls, Mamma Mia!) is much finer—-and I’m not even into blondes like that.
To be fair, Shock Til You Drop posted the exclusive red band (R-rated) trailer this morning, since the one you’ll see in theaters before Bruno will be the lame, PG-13 green band; director Karyn Kusama, Cody, and producer Jason Reitman (director of Juno) prefer this red band version, so this is the one to pay attention to. Problem is, though, that it’s not very good. Entertaining, yes, and promises a film that I’ll totally drop coin on, but the thing feels like a mess. It’s definitely a horror-comedy, that’s banking on Fox’s sex appeal over anything else. The scenes shot in the dark, in that grungy pool and around those candles, all look nice and macabre. But, again, I can’t shake this feeling of impending suck.