Tuesday Trailer Roundup! (7/4/2017)

Tuesday Trailer Roundup! (7/4/2017)

Here we are again with another Tuesday Trailer Roundup – this time with 16 new trailers! Let’s get into it!

The Greatest Showman

Not many trailers hit on all cylinders but this trailer hit me hard – gave me goosebumps, made me smile, and made me a bit misty-eyed.  This film looks spectacular and this trailer is incredible.  The music, the bit of exposition at the beginning, the music, the montage of performers, the music, the end scene with Efron and Jackman, and did I mention the music?  From the spectacle shown, the story being told, and the cast involved, this looks like it could be the smash hit of December (2nd only to Star Wars)!

Logan Lucky (Trailer 2)

I was on board for this film from the first trailer and this one just makes me even more excited.  I recently rewatched the Ocean’s Eleven trilogy and I am ecstatic that Steven Soderbergh is directing yet another heist film.  I love the feel that this movie has and the type of humor it brings to the table.  Daniel Craig looks to be having a blast and the comedic pair of Channing Tatum and Adam Driver? Hell. Yes.

A Bad Mom’s Christmas

Bad Moms is one of the better comedies to come out in recent years and I was on board for a sequel even though comedy sequels rarely live up to their predecessors. With that being said, A Bad Mom’s Christmas looks to break that trend cause this looks damn funny.  Bringing in the Grandmas is a smart choice, similar to the Daddy’s Home sequel bringing in the grandparents, but the real stand out, sheer brilliance here is setting the movie at Christmas.  Doing that gives the writers so many more things to play with and opens up possible story routes they can take.  I think it will also help boost this movies box office take by having an R-Rated comedy out at Christmas to compete with more family friendly fare and the bigger blockbusters.

Everything, Everything

I have to be honest, this trailer doesn’t do anything for me.  I feel like I’ve seen this story before and seen it done better.  The production quality also feels like a Disney Channel original. Sorry guys, I’m not feeling this one.

Ingrid Goes West

This looks like the creepiest comedy I’ve seen in a while. I feel in love with Aubrey Place during while binge-watching Parks and Recreation but I felt she was an absolute stand out in FX’s Legion (you should watch it if you haven’t – Check out my review here). Elizabeth Olsen looks get in this as well, I’m excited to see her getting roles outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Overall, this looks like a good one.

My Little Pony

*Sigh*  I have the sinking feeling that I will end up seeing this one in theaters because I have a 3, almost 4, year old daughter that is all about the My Little Ponies right now. Seriously, she has a dozen or more of the toys and my wife and I can’t keep track of their names.  We’re at the point where we made a cheat sheet describing their colors and their names.   On the plus side this movie looks like it might actually be kind of fun (said the parent) or at least fun for my daughter which will make it fun for me and the wife.

Breathe

Oh man, this looks pretty good. In a post Amazing Spider-Man world, Andrew Garfield looks to be campaigning hard for some mantle pieces from the Academy. Claire Foy also looks like she’s going to bring an solid, if not amazing performance, to the film; I’m unfortunately unfamiliar with her as an actor so I don’t have anything to compare this to. What I’m really excited about here is seeing the directorial debut of Andy  Serkis. Serkis is all over Hollywood right now, from leading the resurgent Planet of the Apes franchise, to joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, to playing Supreme Leader Snoke in Star Wars. Many have called for Serkis to win an Oscar for his work as Ceaser in the aforementioned Apes movies (myself included), but maybe, just maybe, he’ll win an Oscar for direction first.

Axcellerator

This looks like it could be ok….  It’s really hard to tell.  I don’t recognize anyone in the trailer and the production quality looks to be a bit subpar for a theater release.  The story could be what saves this movie though.  It seems like someone invented a teleportation device and now everyone wants it for themselves which could make for a good sci-fi action adventure, if it’s done right.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

I love, love, love this trailer and I can’t wait to see this movie.  Whenever an old property is brought back for either a sequel or a reboot or a re-quel, I feel like there has to be a damn good reason for doing it and it looks like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has cracked that code.  Making the game a video game, where the players are sucked into the world of Jumanji versus the game spilling out into reality is brilliant or at least I think it is.  And having our A-list cast be avatars controlled by teenagers and having those teenage personalities come through actors like Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, and Kevin Hart looks like it will be amazing.

Death Note

I used to be a fan of anime, like 10-12 years ago back in high school, so the original Death Note series passed me by and thus, I have no real stake in the conversation of how the adaptation compares to the original or if this adaptation should have even been made. In general, anime to western made live action adaptations haven’t been received well (Dragon Ball: Evolution and Ghost in the Shell anyone?). However, since this is on Netflix, which I already pay for, the most I will lose by watching this is an hour and forty minutes, I think I’ll give it a shot, if for no other reason that to write a review on it and check out Willem DaFoe’s performance.

Cult of Chucky

If I’m being honest, the only reason I watched this trailer is because of this article series so you’re welcome.  If you haven’t already watched this trailer, you can skip it.  I’ve only ever seen the first two Child’s Play movies and I honestly have zero desire to watch through all of them to “get caught up”.  This movie is straight to Blu-ray/VOD so I have the feeling only hardcore horror fans will go out of their way to watch it. Moving on….

Armed Response

Well this looks like good ole fashioned Netflix fodder.  While this one looks like it might have some fun action, Wesley Snipes and Anne Heche are both well out of the Hollywood spotlight and this reeks of “paycheck film”.  I won’t be going out of my way to see this one but if it pops on my Netflix and I am appropriately drunk, I might give it a watch.

Polaroid

I usually don’t like horror movies. At all.  However, if one comes along that is getting good enough reviews or it looks like the concept is interesting enough for me to swallow my fear and go see it, then I will. Polaroid is on the edge of that interest over fear line for me.  The concept looks cool but I don’t know if the execution is good enough for me to stomach checking this one out.

Atomic Blonde (Trailer 3)

I’ve been on board for this movie for a while and this just keeps me excited for it.  We get a lot of the same scenes we’ve already seen before be we also get a better look at James McAvoy’s character and it seems like he’s got a bigger role than I previously thought.  We also see Charlize Theron kicking even more ass than before.  This movie has my money.

The Last Face

This is a hard trailer to watch and it looks like it will be an even harder movie to watch. Charlize Theron (showing some range as an actor compared to Atomic Blonde) and Javier Bardem look to be on their A-game here, bringing some very human and visceral drama to war torn areas as doctors helping refugees.  If this film is as good as the trailer suggests it will be, look for Theron, Bardem, and director Sean Penn to get plenty of buzz come awards season.

Borg vs. Mcenroe

Well between this one and Battle of the Sexes, tennis movies seem to be en vogue right now.  Although while Battle of the Sexes uses tennis to frame the struggle for women’s equality, Borg vs. Mcenroe seems to be using tennis to frame struggle between the classes.  The cast looks solid as do the performances.  This one might be worth checking out.

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Tuesday Trailer Roundup! (6/27/17)

Tuesday Trailer Roundup! (6/27/17)

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.

5. Marshall

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.

7. Stronger

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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Thor: Ragnarok – Teaser Trailer Reaction!

Thor: Ragnarok – Teaser Trailer Reaction!

Welcome Beardlings!

Marvel is making all of our Mondays just a bit more tolerable by dropping a THOR: RAGNAROK TRAILER ON US!!!!

We’re gonna talk about everything thing in the trailer so if you haven’t checked it out yet PLEASE DO SO!

Ok, have you watched it? Yes? YAY!

First impressions? This trailer is awesome! Right out if the gate we see Thor chained up in what looks like hell or Hel (the Asgard underworld) and it appears Cate Blanchett’s Hela brought him there.  Hela  could suffer from looking a little 90s both but I believe Blanchett has the acting chops to pull it off.

Next scene, we see Thor throwing Mjolnir at Hela while on, what looks like, Earth.  Hela then straight up catches Mjolnir in a call back to when Bucky catches Cap’s shield in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But she not only catches it, she SHATTERS Mjolnir like it was nothing…..  Holy. Shit. 

Next we cut to Hela approaching Asgard and totally wrecking it.  Fire and explosions abound.  Ragnarok, from what I understand of Norse mythology, is basically the apocalypse for them and that is definitely on display here. 

From here, it looks like Thor is thrown thru a portal and lands on an alien planet where he is immediately captured by Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie and gets dragged off to be turned over to Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster.  

This is where the trailer takes a pretty big tonal shift, swinging from the bleak and gray destruction of Asgard and Mjolnir to something much more colorful and very on line with the way “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2” looks in terms of color palette.  Will this movie be where the Guardians crew meet up with some Avenger?

This is where we get short-haired, war painted Gladiator Thor, ready to do battle in the alien version of the Roman Collesium.  And who is his opponent? IT’S HULK, IT’S THE INCREDIBLE HULK! Apparently Banner ended up in space after the events of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” which is what most people suspected.  Also, I love the humor in the section of the trailer.  It shows that no matter how apocalyptic it may get in this film, Marvel isn’t dropping it’s patented, tried and true sense of humor.

Loki is in this trailer a few times and as always, is a bit of a mystery.  We see him at what I’m sure will be dubbed the Battle of Asgard, but we don’t see him actually fighting anyone so we don’t know what side he’s on.  Also, in the end scene, Loki is sitting with the Grandmaster while Thor fights.  Is Loki up to his old tricks again? Probably….

Other things I noticed – Heimdal is fighting something in the woods, looking very much like exactly like Bishop from “X-Men: Days of Future Past”. Dr. Strange is noticeably absent from this trailer.  I wonder when or if we’ll see him in later trailers.

Prediction – with all the stuff to do with Hel and Hela and the apocalypse, I’m betting this movie is where the Soul Gem, the final Infinity Stone, shows up.

Well what did y’all think if the trailer? Did you catch anything I missed? I think this one could be the best of the Thor movies, how about you? Let me know in the comments and be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter @WildeBeardReviews!

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