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Trailer roundup

Ahhh, ’tis the season to be  …. inundated with movie trailers apparently.

So here we go again with another look through what’s coming up, either good … or bad.

Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan, off the back of stupendous success with the Dark Knight trilogy, Inception and Interstellar has chosen to give us Dunkirk, a film of the saving of a large chunk of the British army during the incredibly successful German offensive of 1940. Ultimately the retreat from France was a defeat, but the ‘miracle’ of Dunkirk was a victory as the astonishing rescue operation saved the bulk of Britain’s fighting force at the time and gave the country hope that they could possibly fight back against the Nazis.

I like the look of this, it’s not skimping on scale or visuals, the effects, sets and costumes look real. What you don’t get from the trailer is any sense of the characters we’re going to meet (with the exception of Kenneth Branagh) and in a film of this size, it is our relationship with the characters that will make or break it.

Still a great cast, and Harry Styles, Dunkirk opens in June.

John Wick: Chapter 2

 We’ve seen this before, but here’s a second trailer. It looks like more of the same, but that’s not a bad thing as the original John Wick was a blast of fresh air, wrapping a so-so revenge plot in  bombastic action sequences and an interestingly detailed world of archaic rules, honour codes and fifties tech.

Looking forward to this – also compare and contrast with the XXX3 trailer… aaand discuss.

Baywatch

Okay this looks terrifically muddled, but it does have the Rock (who is worth a watch in anything he does) and it does have Ephron (who is maturing into a very good comic actor) and the two of them together appear to have a lot of chemistry.

File this under cautiously looking forward to it.

Snatched

Warning: Red Band trailer!

So I guess your feelings about this film will depend on your feelings about Amy Schumer. Personally, and I don’t know how she does it,  I find she successfully treads a very fine line between comedy and vulgarity and this trailer is definitely right up Amy’s street with desperately embarrassing situations and explicit dialogue wrapped up in a slightly desperate “I try to be good” attitude.

Anyway the real highlight is Goldie Hawn, in her first film since 2002. She looks amazing and still has all the comedy chops that made her famous.

This looks filthy, but possibly hilarious. However am I the only one who thinks the kidnap plot is a bit un-necessary? Surely there’s enough material with an awkward mother/daughter holiday situation?

Blade Runner 2049

Okay, so where to begin this this?

It looks like the original, in fact this is the most classic-Ridley-Scott-looking film I’ve seen since, probably, Black Rain (look it up).

The world looks meticulously re-created, that distinctive visual style is in every pixel, and the mood, that queasy mix of threat and wonder, seems to be perfectly re-created.

Then there’s the music, which is SO important to Blade Runner.

Oh, just wow. What a great trailer and I am so hopeful that the impressive talent involved with this film are , finally, going to pull off a worthy sequel.

 

As ever, what do you think?

Episode 21 – The one with beard matching

Twas the week before Christmas … and Simon and Mat are back in the pub doing what they do moderately well with a bumper edition of Admit One Movies packed with comment and attitude.

In this episode the boys raise glass to Kirk Douglas not being dead, discuss the Golden Globe nominations, moan about the long-running Passengers trailer and the short running Silence trailer, love Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 trailer, discuss The Mummy trailer and the wider Universal Monsters franchise, puzzle over Baywatch, puzzle further over The Fate of the Furious and further still over XXX: The return of Xander Cage and the phenomenon of trailers for trailers while considering Spiderman: Homecoming.

Reviews of Sully, Moana and Allied round out a very full show.

Trailer Round-up!

A lot of new trailers have dropped recently, so here are some that have caught our eye, maybe not for the best of reasons…

Renegades: TBD

First up, from Europacorp comes Renegades:

Looks like a modern day take on Kelly’s Heroes, with a lot more explosions, and considerably worse acting. May be worth watching if you are in an Expendables mood…

 

The Circle: April 2017

Hem… moving on to another Europacorp production, this is Tom Hanks and Emma Watson in The Circle:

I haven’t read the book, but it seems to be a dystopian look at a world ruled by Google. Not much to go on in the trailer, but the subject matter and cast are interesting. I reckon this is one to watch.

 

Spectral: December 2016

Netflix now and the Netflix only release, Spectral:

Reminds me a lot of Final Fantasy: the Spirits Within, but looks  interesting with a great cast and terrific special effects . Perhaps a bit cliched, but significant in stating Netflix’ intentions.

 

Patriots Day: February 2017

“Marky” Mark Wahlberg reunites with his Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon director Peter Berg for Patriots Day, centered around the Boston bombing 2013.

I was skeptical about this film when I heard about it. Oh no, here’s a load of American jingoism again. both trailers look like they are trying to tell a true story carefully and respectfully. Deepwater Horizon was similar and extremely well done, so I have high hopes for this. Still can’t forgive them the loss of an apostrophe, though….

 

The Mummy: June 2017

Universal is determined to have another universe franchise so is re-inventing it’s legendary Monsters – you know Frankenstein, Dracula and, kicking it all off, The Mummy with Tom Cruise.

Naturally the Cruiser does lots of running, there’s some intrigue (is Cruise dead or not?) Russell Crowe being enigmatic and Sofia Boutella as the Mummy. Lots of interesting ideas and concepts, so probably worth following, though I’m a bit disappointed that it’s clearly not as fun as the Steven Sommers capers of the 2000’s.

 

Transformers: The Last Knight: June 2017

Back to , well, madness really. Transformers: The Last Knight

Anthony Hopkins on voice over, triple-headed dragons, “Marky” Mark, robots, explosions, Nazis, knights on horseback and a plot involving King Arthur. I want some of what they are smoking!

 

John Wick: Chapter 2: Feb 2017

John Wick was one of the action standouts of recent years, so it’s good to see a sequel with little change in John Wick: Chapter 2

So he’s got another dog, and another car, he’s in another city and has gained the wrath of Ruby Rose and the support of Laurence Fishburne. The first one was really really good, this looks more of the same.

 

XXX:The Return of Xander Cage: January 2017

More Ruby Rose in XXX: The Return of Xander Cage

Big name cast – terrible looking movie.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2: April 2017

Finally, let’s end on some joy – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2

Colourful, funny, beautifully animated, and full of all the snarky, piss-taking merriment we loved so much in the first film. Drax is especially funny and I cannot say enough about Baby Groot.