Just... why. I mean, there's ripping off Bradbury, and there's outright plagiarism. "In Dynamation!" it boasts - Harryhausen should sue. Not to mention this comes hot on the heels of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Mishmash of the Cretins, a truly Asylum-esque marketing ploy. (I haven't seen Prince of Persia since my last experience with a mythologically-tinted movie was... unpleasant.) About the only good thing about the production - that being they finally have an ethnic Persian as Sinbad - is wasted since for some reason this Sinbad is bald.
Then the film openly invites scorn by claiming to be based on the original One Thousand and One Nights. If you're playing that game, then it would be nice if you at least had some modicum of consistency with the source material. See, the Fifth Voyage of Sinbad in the original work had a few notable elements:
- Sinbad & the sailors come across the Roc's egg and eat the chick within
- Mama Roc goes berserk, and sinks the ship by dropping boulders
- The Old Man of the Sea enslaves Sinbad
- Sinbad tricks the Old Man and slays him
- A passing ship takes him to the City of the Apes, where the human populace spend the night in boats while anthropophagous apes stalk the city's streets
So... any evidence of those events in the trailer? Any at all? Because all I can see are a bunch of homages to the Harryhausen Sinbads. Some of the most famous creatures are the Statue of Kali from The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, and the cyclops from The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad. Kali is of Hindi origin, the cyclops Greek. Guess which beasties are featured on the poster despite having no place in the original mythology of Sinbad? Those unaware would be forgiven for thinking Sinbad's fifth voyage was very similar to his Seventh and Golden voyages...
What bothers me most, of course, is that after the initial tide of negative comments, we're bound to see that tired, inevitable refrain "hey, it's a cheesy fantasy movie, it's meant to be bad!"
Lord, I hate that copout. "Nobody goes to these films expecting enthralling plots, compelling characters, exciting creatures, exotic locales or heroic themes! They just go there to turn their brain off for a few hours! You're a fool for expecting anything else from a Sword-and-Sandal film, and frankly, an intelligent fantasy film would be missing the point, and be a complete disappointment and failure to the genre!"
To these people, I present my response.