The moment I've been waiting for for the past few months is here: The Herbie: Fully Loaded trailer has arrived. If you care about me at all, not clicking on this is not an option.
-The trailer has an obvious reverence for Herbie.
-The cast seems to be having fun with it, playing just the right level of reality. Matt Dillon hits just the right tone as the rival/villain: "That car's alive! It's mocking me! Look!"
-Lindsay Lohan manages to not look overly hung over.
-Stunts look well done.
-"Herbie, she's too young for you." Lohan's best line in the trailer, and the moment where she appears to actually have a connection with the car.
-The trailer music choices fit well, except for the "Here we go!" and when the techno track that kicks in after "Let's race."
-I'm not fond of the movement toward eyelids and "facial expressions," which Herbie always did without before. For the most part it's not too bad, except for the scene where Herbie makes the scary CGI face to scare Dillon. The scene where Herbie beats up Dillon is one of the highlights, so it's sad to see it go from one of the high points straight to the lowest point.
-Some of the stunt CGI looks unfinished, but I'm sure that will improve by the release date.
-I'd prefer if we didn't get such a clear "showroom shot" right at the beginning. It weakens the reveal. But maybe it's necessary to jog the memory of those with less Herbie consciousness.
-Sound effects, like Herbie's horn, and the "booga-booga" noise that accompanies the scary face, are uncomfortably cheesy and hopefully will not be the same in the finished film. Also, I don't think we need buzzing and whirring sound effects when Herbie's "eyes" move--it seems too much like a robot.
-Sped-up footage with the wheelie scene and the bouncing hydraulics scene makes the effects look fake.
I hope the CGI face-making is part of a dream, or kept to an absolute minimum, because it's awful. Other than that I'm still excited. I can't count how many times I've watched the trailer already. I'm interested to hear what normal people would think based on this.
*ADDENDUM: To get a sense of my enthusiasm, of what this means to me, remember what a big deal Star Wars Episode I was for many people--the first new Star Wars movie since their childhood, a franchise for which they'd held an irrational, lifelong affection built on its ties to their youth. I didn't give a crap about Star Wars but the anticipation people had for Episode I is what I have for Herbie: Fully Loaded. That CGI scary face is me getting my first glimpse of Jar Jar Binks, and hoping against hope that he won't ruin the entire experience. The only difference is that I'm pretty sure Herbie: Fully Loaded cannot possibly be as disappointing as Star Wars Episode I.
Knock on wood.
Also, to Matt--yeah, I too thought it was a little weird that they would show a clip so obviously from the ending.