The movie version of The Big Year (a fictionalized adaptation of the excellent book of the same name, about three men competing to see who can spot the most bird species in a year) is set to be released next month, and there’s finally, finally a trailer for it:
I’m not gonna lie, the opening of the trailer (the actual trailer, I mean, not the bit with the actors talking to the camera) made me laugh out loud. “There’s going to be major fallout in a few hours!” A comedic reference to migration fallout in a movie trailer is not something I thought I’d ever see. But the really curious thing is… that’s the only dialogue reference to birds anywhere in the entire two-plus minutes. Yes, you see some shots of characters looking through binoculars, but they never even explain what a “big year” is, other than just a year of having wacky adventures. Even the synopsis is bird-less: “A a sophisticated comedy about three friendly rivals who, tired of being ruled by obligations and responsibilities, dedicate a year of their lives to following their dreams. Their big year takes them on a cross-country journey of wild and life-changing adventures.”
I’m assuming that there is, in fact, a fair amount of birding in the actual film, but that the powers that be didn’t want to market it as a movie about birdwatching. Oh well, I’m still definitely going to go see it, assuming it’s playing here in Middle O’ Nowhere, Wisconsin.
Totally unrelated reminder: Sunday is International Rock Flipping Day!