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Prince of Persia Trailer hits 
2nd-Nov-2009 09:45 pm
The trailer for the Prince of Persia has finally hit. I know this is one that is on our radar because of the casting of Jake Gyllenhaal as the prince, so I thought I would put it up for comments and commentary.

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3rd-Nov-2009 03:14 am (UTC)
I'm honestly not bothered as much by this movie, but yeah, he really looks more.. uh... hmm.. he doesn't really LOOK like he fits. It's like an apple-pie sitting next to a gyro.
3rd-Nov-2009 03:16 am (UTC)
I'm honestly not bothered as much by this movie

Why not?
3rd-Nov-2009 03:20 am (UTC)
Wow, that is one pale, English-accented Persian.

Also, holy infodump, Batman! Most trailers give an idea of the plot by using clips from the film, not throwing a voiceover infodump over a bunch of bland clips. Also-also, way to ignore the respect Persian men would have treated women with. Also- oh, the hell with it.
3rd-Nov-2009 03:21 am (UTC)
Not only did they cast a white British woman as the Indian princess, they cast an actual Indian woman as her maid.

3rd-Nov-2009 03:34 am (UTC)
Not to mention Ben Kingsley is the bad guy. WAY TO FAIL, HOLLYWOOD.
3rd-Nov-2009 03:53 am (UTC)
Okay, am I the only one who thought of Hidalgo while watching that? To quote paradox_ninja, it looks absolutely ridiculous. What's really sad is how awesome a film it might have been had they actually cast the right ethnicities.

I'm still in favor of coming up with a master list of the movies we want to boycott/protest in the near future.
3rd-Nov-2009 04:14 am (UTC)
Is it me, or have I noticed this pattern with racefail is not just racefail alone but is also combined with poor production values? @,@;
3rd-Nov-2009 03:57 am (UTC)
So, I was looking at this movie and thinking, "How can this movie be made of SO MUCH FAIL?" Then I saw the Disney credits and I was like, ah, that explains everything.

This movie won't be receiving any love from my wallet, to say the least.
3rd-Nov-2009 05:55 am (UTC)
What's been killing me lately has been the total disconnection between a company's television and its films.

Nickelodeon has been great for Asian American programming: Avatar, Ni Hao Kai Lan, American Dragon: Jake Long (voiced by Dante Basco!). But Paramount, the sister film company, consistently fails in the diversity department.

Same for Disney: lots of Asian/hapa-American talent in their TV programming, horrible failures in their films.
3rd-Nov-2009 03:58 am (UTC)

3rd-Nov-2009 03:59 am (UTC)
LOL, so accurate.
3rd-Nov-2009 03:58 am (UTC)
I know this is like ... not even a concern compared to the rest of the racefail here, but it's kind of sad/hilarious that even the friggin' HORSE is a European import (a Friesian, from Holland), when they could have used a much more correct/appropriate Arabian horse just as easily, and they're just as pretty.


It really does look/sound like Lord of the Rings, too. Yikes.
3rd-Nov-2009 04:02 am (UTC)

Why are the people in this comm so EPIC???

BTW, your icon is epic, too. XD
3rd-Nov-2009 04:03 am (UTC)
Considering that it's Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer, I'm sensing the Pirates of the Caribbean recipe of action, adventure, and humor.

Too bad it also has to have BROWNFACE in it.

(Specially on the princess. Jake looks like a movie!Jesus ie way too European to be anywhere near accurate.)
3rd-Nov-2009 05:28 am (UTC)
Actually, Jake Gyllenhaal (being Jewish) would actually be a more Authentic Jesus than usually cast.
3rd-Nov-2009 04:12 am (UTC)
Oh cool, I had no idea they were making a new Mummy movie. After China I guess they are going around the world now, so now we are in Iran-

Oh wait.


Um, excuse me. I have to go to the little boys room. The lady's voice in the voice over gave me diarrhea...
3rd-Nov-2009 04:19 am (UTC)
That chick's voice drives me up the wall. D:
3rd-Nov-2009 04:20 am (UTC)
Whoa. ...I mean, having not ever played the game, the title is The Prince of Persia... Geez.
3rd-Nov-2009 05:57 am (UTC)
...is your user icon by L0cke?
3rd-Nov-2009 04:31 am (UTC)
Um. Are there actually any Middle Eastern people in this movie? I don't think I even saw any Token Ethnic Backdrop Characters in the trailer. o.O

I guess this is the Persia where everyone is actually white and British.
3rd-Nov-2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
The princess's maid is Indian... oh joy. So yeah. I guess this is the Persia where everyone of importance is actually white and British.
3rd-Nov-2009 04:34 am (UTC)

The trailer really does have a Lord of the Rings/"We must travel to Mordor to destroy this cursed thing!" feel to it. The main cast just looks strange, and why is the sand dagger swirling over half of Jake's side? Are they trying to set up a Two Thrones sequel?

Muh. I think I'll just play the game instead.
3rd-Nov-2009 04:55 am (UTC)
Aww, dammit. Why did they have to go and make it look so badass/mildly entertaining action flick with good CGI/fancy shit? :-/
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