It is a new week and that means there has been a tonne of new movie trailers released for us to look at. Sadly I was on holiday over the past few weeks so I have missed a few trailers in that time, so we are in for a bumper edition. From next week on wards this series will look back on trailers from Wednesday to Tuesday (unless a special trailer is released). So next week we will look at trailers from Wednesday 2nd April to Tuesday 9th April. But, let’s not worry about that now we have a tonne of trailers to look at and chat about! Have you had a chance to have a little look at them yet? If not then welcome to your one-stop shop for last week’s (or in this case last 3 weeks) trailers. Let’s get right into it, shall we?
Avengers: Endgame (25th April)
After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe.
I am sometimes very hard to please and that becomes tenfold when it is comic book adaptions. I have become quite bored with what Marvel produces and while the last Avengers shockingly had half of the cast killed off, it was a fleeting shock as we know almost all of these characters are coming back in some form. The only question is who actually dies or stays dead and there will not be many. From what I understand a lot of these trailers clips are in the opening portions of the film so not to spoil anything as the near 3 hour film goes on. To be fair they didn’t need to show much in the trailer for fans to go crazy, but here we are a few weeks out and at this point I am just ready for it to be over…
John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum (May 17th)
Legendary hit man John Wick must fight his way out of New York when a $14 million contract on his life makes him the target of the world’s top assassins.
I have no idea on whether or not to say that this trailer is spoiler heavy, we have found with the previous two John Wick films that there was so much action that they could throw short snippets of action scenes into the trailer without any worries. I don’t believe that this was originally meant to be a trilogy, but the way the filmmakers (seriously why isn’t Chad Stahelski not in line for a comic book film as it is obvious he has the chops for it) have been able to continue and enhance the story has been great. I think I counted six separate action sequences spread throughout the trailer. That is action heavy and I am all in on it.
Aladdin (22nd May)
Young Aladdin embarks on a magical adventure after finding a lamp that releases a wisecracking genie.
This is what they should have released from the get go. Everything about it is better, but has the damage been done? I can’t see this being a repeat viewing for audience goers, so it will depend on whether they plump for this in cinemas or at home. At the minute it is a home choice for me, but there are a couple of months yet. Definite improvement though, but I am not sure how they will win back everyone considering the position they placed themselves in.
Toy Story 4 (21st June)
Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The adventurous journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody’s slight detour leads him back to Bo Peep. Both start to realize that they’re worlds apart when it comes to what they want from life as a toy.
There is a lot of confliction for me about this one, I am happy to see these characters again, but I also know there is no real need to see these characters again. I asked my girlfriend who is a massive Toy Story fan what she thought about the fourth installment and she was a little indifferent towards it and it appeared to mostly stem from a little bit of fear. Toy Story 3 was the perfect ending to that franchise, so bringing it back has the possibility of tarnishing your past thoughts. I think this could be this generations Star Wars Episode One. The only thing that comes close to it with this fear for me is when The Hobbit was released (less said about the 48 frames per second experiment the better).
Anyway to the actual trailer! The trailer is okay, but it doesn’t quite feel like a Toy Story film yet. The main takeaway I had from this trailer is that Woody is going through a midlife crisis. Which honestly, isn’t the best sell for me. I am positive the next trailer will be better, but I was a little underwhelmed by this one. It will be interesting if others are too. Though, yay for kick ass Boo Peep!
The Art of Self-Defense (12th July)
After a brutal mugging, a man takes up karate to better defend himself but soon falls under the spell of the dojo’s enigmatic leader.
The trailer didn’t really give too much away considering what the synopsis tells us. Eisenberg feels perfectly cast though and the dark comedy aspect will serve it well. The film was well received at SXSW this year, how it balances itself will be key, but the trailer was promising and provided me with a couple of laughs.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (26th July)
In 1969 Los Angeles, television star Rick Dalton and his long time stunt double make their way around a changing industry that they hardly recognize anymore.
For those wanting Tarantino to return to a story telling method similar to Pulp Fiction, then you are not going to get much closer than that here. One thing that annoyed me was that I realised that Pitt and Di Caprio have never been in a feature film together as they feel like they could work very well together. Tarantino has a lot of star power to deal with (more than even Pulp Fiction itself). Not a lot was shown, which I like as it merely highlights the main players Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate and Damien Harriman as Charlie Manson (for the second time). If you check out the cast list and see how long it goes you will realise that there is a tonne of things we have yet to see before the film is released in a few months. Most likely we will only get one more trailer, knowing Tarantino, so expect people to be inspecting it with a fine tooth comb.
Dora and the Lost City of Gold (16th August)
Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle, nothing could prepare Dora for her most dangerous adventure yet — high school. Accompanied by a ragtag group of teens and Boots the monkey, Dora embarks on a quest to save her parents while trying to solve the seemingly impossible mystery behind a lost Incan civilization.
Honestly? This looked like it could be a fun little movie for the younger generation. Everything worked for me and considering how notoriously hard it is to adapt an animation (Hey Aladdin) never mind an animated tv show that has over 172 episodes. This could perform very well, but it is in a children heavy targeted August. (Artemis Fowl, Playmobil: The Movie (Yes really that film is happening and I am on the floor laughing that it is) and Ugly Dolls are all released in August). What will make Dora stand out is if it can bring in teenagers, which considering the competition it has the best chance of down so due to being released in the middle of the month.
Midsommar (16th August)
This summer, let the festivities begin. From Ari Aster, director of Hereditary. (Not much of a synopsis provided for this one)
If there is one thing production company A24 are good at, it is releasing interesting films, some may just miss the mark, but they are always interesting and worth discussing over. This trailer gives next to nothing away which is remarkable for a horror film trailer as they usually give away as many deaths as possible. I am intrigued, and the sunny disposition of the trailer provides a nice break from what we are used to.
Annabelle Comes Home (26th June)
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren keep a possessed doll locked up in an artifacts room in their house. When the doll awakens the room’s evil spirits, it soon becomes a night of terror for the couple’s young daughter and her friends.
Speaking of horror films that perhaps give way too much away when it doesn’t need to, welcome to the Annabelle series… My first complaint is that surely the Warrens would have taken the key to their EVIL SPIRIT ROOM with them, so that no teenagers can access it and ruin everything. This seems a waste of Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, but the franchise has to carry on I guess.
Lucy In The Sky (no set release date)
After an awe-inspiring experience in outer space, an astronaut returns to Earth and starts to lose touch with reality in a world that now seems too small.
Noah Hawley’s (Fargo) first feature is a story very loosely based on astronaut Lisa Nowak and her misdemeanors after an affair goes too far. Visually I love this film, a lot of work was put in here and it is very telling to the viewer. Losing touch with Earth seems such a natural thing to me if your job was to go into space, so to tell this story that, that is the reasoning behind all of Lucy’s decisions is a very interesting one. I will be waiting for a release date on this one, but I imagine it will be closer to November so it can still be in the discussions for Awards season… But you never know nowadays.
Phew, thanks for hanging in there! That is all for this week, I know some big trailers were released over the last few days but we have to have something to talk about next week right? Keep an eye out for an Independent film version of this series on its way soon, as it isn’t fair to try and group so many trailers into one piece at a time! Until next time.