It’s hard to know what to think of this trailer for Killing Bono – the first straightforward comedy from director Nick Hamm. While the director is better known for horror like The Hole and Godsend, this trailer makes his new film out to be a fluffy affair that uses winks and coy smiles to stay afloat.
The story focuses on a band from Dublin that isn’t U2, coming up around the same time as U2. As you can guess, the fame and fortune only goes to one of them. That’s strong fodder for both comedy and drama, but Hamm and writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais seem to be taking a piss take here. On the plus side, both Ben Barnes and Robert Sheehan are sharp young talents who will hopefully wear name tags so we can tell them apart from the guy playing Bono.
It all feels like the cinematic equivalent of The Monkees, and the cheesy mid-90s voice over doesn’t help.
Check it out for yourself:
Would you see it?