You should watch Bloom, I was just telling a friend today that I think it's 8 or 10 minutes too long but I'm not qualified enough to tell you which 8-10 minutes could be taken out. Complicating that, it's kind of a 4- or 4-and-a-half-act film, which is against our expectations so it feels disjointed, and there definitely is (some) resolution at the conclusion of Act III. Don't wait 8 months arbitrarily though, it's 90 minutes of your life that will mostly be enriching even if you're only "meh" on it at the end.
Wait, better sell job: It's Mark Ruffalo being roguishly charming for 90 minutes while Adrien Brody mopes wonderfully against him, while Rachel Weisz charms, mopes (a bit), and...what's the word? Surprises, she also surprises. They don't resemble
brothers in the slightest, but their onscreen love/hate chemistry sells it. And there are HEAPS of signature Rian humor throughout. Also, I can't remember: have you seen any of his movies? They all have great stuff throughout, and since there's only three of them you could watch them all on a Saturday and still get the gardening done.
Also, Robbie Coltrane is in it. Knowing how much Rian loved Nuns on the Run
back in high school made me wildly excited for that bit of casting. (NB: I am not skipping Rinko's irreplaceable work, but you have to wind up your pitch at some point. I went Rule of Three plus a cameo by Hagrid.)
Last thing: it's 40% less zany than the trailer makes it out to be.
Most of my "insider perspective", to be totally honest, is educated guesses based on the 45-minute conversations I have with him every 18 months. But I do have years and years of knowing him generally to fall back on, so I'm a little better than the average person at guessing what he's up to. I have a couple of bug-fuck crazy ideas of what he did with the story (based on knowing him and things that I may or may not have seen but I can't talk about anyway even if I did), which if I'm right I may poo my pants right in the theater. And again, sorry for vagueness, there's one that might be an idea he's
not even aware of was an inspiration. Or it's just a hilarious coincidence. Or (equally likely) I'm just bug-fuck crazy.
As for the trailer, he said the other day on Twitter that someone else actually put it together (which probably explains why the timing is beat-for-beat identical to The Force Awakens teaser
), but I think he picked which clips they used. So the spires could be either nothing or something. If he cuts a trailer himself you can be damn sure there'll be some excellently subtle shit throughout. Or not, just to fake us all out.
Rogue One was a victim of reshoots, which is the reason for the unused footage, though I read an article that said the shot of Jyn on the tower with the TIE Fighter rearing up was a trailer-only shot. Which is a shame, because to me that was hands-down the most badass shot in the whole thing.