When word first broke that New Line was looking to revitalize the decades-old Vacation franchise, fans of the original series - which spanned four films released between 1983 and 1997 - may have been understandably up in arms. However, the addition of a seasoned comedic performers like Ed Helms and Christina Applegate earned at least a mild vote of confidence.
Still, the response to the film's red-band trailer has largely divided moviegoers, despite its goal to win over longtime Vacation fans with its plot (another trip to Walley World!) and the acknowledgement of its cinematic past (Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo are back as papa and mama Griswold!). The newly-released extended trailer for the movie will probably just reinforce viewers' anticipation or lack thereof for the new film, even with some previously-unrelesed footage in tow.
You can watch the extended trailer for Vacation, above.
For those curious, here is the official synopsis for Vacation:
The next generation of Griswolds is at it again—and on the road for another ill-fated adventure. Following in his father’s footsteps and hoping for some much-needed family bonding, a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) surprises his wife, Debbie (Christina Applegate), and their two sons with a cross-country trip back to America’s “favorite family fun park,” Walley World.
The extended trailer for the new Vacation re-launch/soft reboot (provided by Yahoo! Movies) features a healthy number of glimpses at different gags in the film, along with a closer look at certain scenes featured in the previously-released theatrical promo. Here, we also get a first look at Ron Livingston (Office Space) in what appears to be the Griswolds' showdown with another family at the Walley World theme park.
You can check out the poster for Vacation, below:
Love it or hate it, the new Vacation is certainly looking to update and recapture the manic spirit of the original film. From its clueless leader to the running theme of uniting his family on a journey to Walley World, the movie - as well as directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein - includes several distinct callbacks to the franchise's previous installments. The onscreen chemistry between Helms and Applegate may help to keep the whole thing afloat, as may some of the more memorable supporting characters (specifically, Chris Hemsworth could be a scene-stealer, by the look of it).
It's telling that Daley and Goldstein are reportedly still on the shortlist for Marvel's 2017 Spider-Man reboot, and it's a testament perhaps to the buzz surrounding Vacation, which serves as their directorial feature debut (the duo has previously written films like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Horrible Bosses). Like most comedies, Vacation won't be everybody's cup of tea, but at least this new trailer should help moviegoers decide whether or not they want to join the next generation of Griswolds on this return trip to Walley World.
Vacation hits U.S. theaters on July 29th, 2015.
Source: Yahoo! Movies