McG tends to be a polarising presence on the film scene. Some, understandably, cannot forgive him for the double-slap that was Charlie’s Angels, others are critical of his contribution to the Terminator franchise. Personally, I loathed the Charlie’s Angels films, but found Terminator Salvation pretty interesting and enjoyable and I’m prepared to give McG a chance to continue to redeem himself.
His next effort in that rehabilitation is This Means War, which sees Chris Pine (Star Trek, Unstoppable) and Tom Hardy (Bronson, Inception) as secret agents/spies/something exciting who find out that they are both dating the same woman, Reese Witherspoon. They appear to fall out over her in a big way, as the existing trailer amply demonstrated.
We now have a new international trailer, though there is very little that is new here. What remains clear is that getting Pine and Hardy on board was a massive coup for what could have been (and what might yet be) a deeply terrible film. They both have bundles of charisma and charm and fit effortlessly into the blend of physicality and light-hearted banter that their respective roles require. McG can direct action, but whether he can give us something about which we truly care is another question entirely. This could be throwaway nonsense, or it could be a lot of fun (or both). We will see. For now, watch and enjoy.