Welcome to a brand new weekly article here on WildeBeard Reviews – Tuesday Trailer Roundup – where I collect all the trailers that dropped in the previous week in one place and give you some quick reactions on them! I know that it can be incredibly hard to keep up with the ever churning machine that is Hollywood so my hope with this series is to make you, dear reader, more aware of smaller films, keep you up to date on new trailers for bigger movies, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll find a movie that piques your interest that would have otherwise passed you by.
1. The Only Living Boy in New York
If I’m being completely honest, this movie feels incredibly pretentious right out of the gate. When the first line is “New York has lost it’s soul” spoken by a white guy at what looks like a fancy meal surrounded by other white people, it makes me roll my eyes a little bit. Ok, a lotta bit. However, as the trailer presses on, I have to admit that I am somewhat intrigued by this film. The cast looks great and Jeff Bridges looks especially on point. The story looks a little familiar and the trailer seems to show a bit too much of what looks like the key moments in the film, but like with all trailers, it’s only a few minutes of a full movie and everything is out of context. I’m not terribly excited by this film but it could surprise me.
2. American Assassin
I love a good action movie and this one looks like it just might deliver the goods. It looks like a mismash of story elements from The Punisher and the Jason Bourne movies with some of the action stylings of John Wick for the hand to hand combat scenes and maybe a little bit from Mission: Impossible for the bigger scale stuff near the end of the trailer. I will say though, that the scene in the hotel room looks really derivative of Atomic Blonde but that’s probably unfair since both movies were likely in production at the same time. The story looks a bit familiar but hopefully the action and acting can make up for that (more Michael Keaton? Yes please!), I’ll definitely check this one out in theaters.
3. Thank You For Your Service
This is a really powerful, well put together trailer that (hopefully) conveys the feeling and tone that the movie will have. The combat scenes quickly inter-cut with scenes from civilian life paint a very clear picture of what it must be like to live with PTSD. One of my best friends is a combat veteran who I have seen deal with PTSD on a number of occasions, so for his sake and the sake of every veteran, I really hope that this movie honors what they went through, that 99% of us will never understand. This has the potential to be a very timely and very important movie.
4. To The Bone
I honestly can’t remember how many videos/movies/specials we were forced to watch back in elementary/middle/high school attempting to convey to us the awfulness of eating disorders (the only one I even vaguely remember was one with Amy Jo Johnson and that’s only because she was the Pink Ranger). While those low budget “after school specials” may have gotten the message across, To The Bone actually looks like an enjoyable film that has a message in it versus a film that is really just a hammer used to drive home a point. This film looks incredibly human and grounded and real, showing what a real family must go through as someone they love struggles with an eating disorder. Hopefully Netflix sticks the landing with this one. Also, Keanu Reeves in a movie where he’s NOT shooting people? Huh…. ok then.
Along with Thank You For Your Service, Marshall looks like another great, potential Oscar bait film with a very timely premise. Marshall appears to be something of a biopic about Thurgood Marshall, or at least a movie that portrays a pivotal time in his life and in American history. This cast looks astounding – Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Dan Stevens, Kate Hudson, Sophia Bush, and James Cromwell? Damn man. Last year’s Hidden Figures brought the story of three amazing African-American women whom history had forgotten about, front and center and Marshall looks to do the same for Marshall’s early life, although where Hidden Figures was ultimately an “easy” watch, Marshall looks very much the opposite (despite a few moments of levity in the trailer).
6. Battle of the Sexes (Trailer #2)
Similar to a couple other entries on the Roundup this week, Battle of the Sexes looks like an important and timely movie, this time portraying a historic fight between two tennis players that serves as a microcosm of women’s struggle for equality. Also similar to other entries on this list, the cast looks amazing and this film has a hint of Oscar bait. I’ve never been a tennis fan and the real life events that are being dramatized here are unknown to me, so I don’t really know how it all turns out and I think I will hold off on reading up on it until after seeing the movie. This one definitely has the potential to do well by audiences and the awards season.
I had no idea what this movie was about and it’s safe to say that the trailer caught me completely off guard. The Boston Marathon Bombing is still a very recent event and a very raw memory in American history and it looks like Jake Gyllenhaal expertly captures that rawness in his performance. I am also incredibly pleased to see Tatiana Maslaney front and center here. After her astounding work leading the cast of Orphan Black for 5 seasons, it’s good to see her pulling meaty roles in big Hollywood movies.
8. Person to Person
This looks like a rather heart warming, down to earth comedy with good to great acting that focuses on character rather than story. I love dry humor and this film looks like it has it in spades. There are a few lines that really resonated with me such as “I wanna quit my job, run away, and go home.” I identify with that. Hard. As for the cast, Michael Cera seems like a great person to lead a film like this but I am unfamiliar with everyone else. Hopefully this film will be a hit and result in being someone’s big break.
9. The Incredible Jessica James
My initial reaction to this trailer is meh. I think my main problem with it is, that we don’t really get any plot details, so all I get from the trailer is that its a film about a spunky woman in New York maybe looking for love? It looks like it has potential but just based on this trailer, which is admittedly a teaser, I probably won’t be in a rush to add it to my Netflix queue. Netflix has been doing great things with TV shows but their movies haven’t really popped and they haven’t really had a smash hit yet. I watched about half of War Machine with Brad Pitt a week ago and I haven’t felt a desire to go back and finish it. I hope for Netflix’s sake that this film is that one that pops and becomes the hit that they’ve been looking for.
10. Pitch Perfect 3
This movie looks damn funny. I’ve enjoyed both Pitch Perfect movies thus far and this one looks to be on par with it’s predecessors. It looks like the majority, if not all, of the main cast has come back to complete the trilogy which is a great sign for the movie. It always worries me a bit when cast members drop off as franchises move along. I do worry about comedy sequels just being a rehash and it looks like Pitch Perfect flirts with that a little bit, centering the plot around yet another singing competition but with the added twist of them having to compete against instrument based bands rather than other acappella groups. Hopefully this franchise goes out with a bang versus a whimper – Let’s Aca-finish this!
11. The Foreigner
I am 100% on board with this movie. It looks like it could easily end up being a cheesy, lackluster, bargain bin fodder movie but for some reason the trailer just grabbed me. Jackie Chan versus Pierce Brosnan? Sign me right up! The words that flash across during the trailer saying something along the lines of “you can’t push a good man too far” reminds me of the Doctor Who quote “Demons run when a good man goes to war.” The action in this trailer looks to be right in line with the current trend in action movies of having slick, brutal, hand to hand combat filmed in camera by people who are completely capable of pulling it off. Bring it on!
12. What Happened to Monday?
This is the most exciting trailer on this week’s list for me. Science fiction is my first love when it comes to movies and this film looks like it has a great concept to build its plot around. In a dystopian, near-future where the population has gotten out of control and families are limited to one child, septuplets are born. So their father names them each after a day of the week and each one gets to go outside on their name-day? HELL. YES. I will buy that concept all day long! Noomi Rapace seems to be doing her best Tatiana Maslaney impersonation, playing multiple roles as the seven sisters, Willem Dafoe playing the patriarch of the family, with Glen Close on the chase? Even better!
13. American Violence
To start out, this is a pretty cool idea for a trailer – have zero dialogue, only music over the top, forcing your audience to pay attention to what is going on and asking them to try and piece together what they see. To me, this looks like an “innocent man on death row” kind of movie where we might get flashbacks to the crime and the lead up to it? I’m really not sure and I guess in that regard, the trailer did it’s job – it got me interested without telling me what happens. Kudos to you because that is a rare feat these days.
14. The Emoji Movie (International Trailer #3)
I can’t decide if this is going to be good or not. It looks like it has the ingredients of a good “finding yourself” story for both the Meh Emoji and the main human character. I do like the way the designed the look of what’s going on inside the phone but it honestly feels a little bit derivative of Wreck It Ralph and Inside Out so we’ll see how it turns out. At least TJ Miller is doing voice work here so that’s something, plus Patrick Stewart as the Poop Emoji is a fun choice.
15. Good Time
Good Time looks like a fantastic thrill ride of a movie. Robert Pattinson looks fantastic (never thought I’d type that but that’s life I guess). The story is intriguing and I get the impression that something super shady is going on with the brother, the jail he’s in, and the older man that is talking with him. I really dig the heavily stylized feel this film looks like it has, gritty, real, and frenetic. I love it. I’ll be on the lookout for this one.
16. Strange Weather
Holly Hunter? Awesome! Carrie Coon? Even better! Hunter + Coon? Oh Hell Yes! Strange Weather looks like a great character piece that will showcase the full acting chops these two leading ladies can bring to the table and give them meaty roles that they can dig into and bring to life on screen. Carrie Coon was my favorite part of Fargo Season 3 and I’m very happy to see her in a role like this. Can’t wait for this one.
17. Leap (Trailer #3)
I’m feeling meh about this trailer. It seems like a fairly standard underdog story but with ballet instead of whatever else. The animation seems odd, like it’s not quite as fluid as it should be and that maybe because they aren’t done with it yet. Ultimately, I have the feeling that I will be taking my daughter to see this one but it’s not a movie I would be interested in seeing on my own.
Man that was a lot of trailers this week! Hopefully you found a movie that looks interesting to you or one that might have passed you by! Be sure to come next week for another Tuesday Trailer Roundup!
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