Ahhh Super Bowl! The time of the year for people to not feel bad about drinking copious amounts of beer and scarfing down unhealthy amounts of nachos while they shout at a bunch of guys throwing the old pig-skin around. For people such as myself, however, this night is when some of the best trailers come out for upcoming movies. I still remember back in 2012 when I saw the first trailer for Avengers Assemble and just being awestruck. Unfortunately, while this year’s trailers were somewhat decent, there is nothing that really made me anxious to get to the theater.
Jurassic World – June 12th, 2015
Jurassic World is yet another sequel to our favorite “genetically-bred dinosaurs running amok in a theme park” film, which is good to hear since I’m getting tired of reboots and remakes. From what I gathered through the trailer, it looks like they re-opened the park to the public, only this time, they bred a hybrid dinosaur that makes the T-Rex look like a hamster. I think this film could be a huge blockbuster for two reasons: first, Chris Pratt, still hot off the success of Guardians of the Galaxy and Parks and Recreation, is set to star, and there’s a scene with him riding a motorcycle alongside a herd of Velociraptors (which is worth the ticket-price alone), and second, there has been a tremendous step forward in CGI technology since the original three films. People doubted the look of the dinosaurs in the original trailer, but I think there is still plenty of time until the release that will let them polish up any renderings.
Furious 7 – April 3rd, 2015
I’ll be honest: I never was a huge Fast and the Furious fan, though I know that a majority of the people watching the Super Bowl must love it. I’ve only watched the first film of the entire franchise so it’s hard for me to really decipher exactly what is going on this trailer. What I CAN tell you is that the action looks pretty cool, and I can’t say no to a possible fight scene between Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. Also, as most people know by now, Paul Walker unfortunately passed away in the midst of shooting this film. I’m wondering if that means that this will be the final film in the franchise, or if they will kill off his character altogether and try to continue it? Either way, I’m sure fans will be flocking to the theater to see Walker’s final performance, and to enjoy the possible final film of their beloved franchise.
Tomorrowland – May 22nd, 2015
Talk about perplexing trailers. Tomorrowland really has me confused, but intrigued at the same time. It looks like something inspired by Alice in Wonderland or The Wizard of Oz, with science-fiction elements added in. A girl picks up a pin that instantly transports her to another world where she meets George Clooney. That’s really the best way for me to summarize the trailer. Even if it’s really ambiguous, it IS Disney, so I doubt it’ll be a terrible movie. Though, I can’t promise that there won’t be an after-credit scene featuring Nick Fury asking Clooney to join the Avengers Initiative (lame joke quota – filled).
Seventh Son – February 6th, 2015
Now that Peter Jackson can no longer squeeze the juice out of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s works, it seems like other directors have to fill in the void within the medieval fantasy film genre. I never read the book, so I apologize if my brief review of Seventh Son‘s trailer is a bit superficial. It just looks like a generic fantasy film with nothing that stands out. Swords? Check. Witches? Check. Cool-looking monsters? Check. I’m getting a bit tired of Jeff Bridges, and his Gandalf impression didn’t cut it for me. I will say, though, that Julianne Moore does look like she could pull off an evil witch (look at her performance in Carrie). I’ll file this movie under a “maybe”, and probably catch it when it comes to Netflix.
Terminator: Genisys – July 1st, 2015
So, wait – is Terminator: Genisys a reboot or a sequel? Or is it trying to do what X-Men: Days of Future Past did and combine both of these concepts? Either way, I may check this film out, mainly because I’m wondering how they’re going to explain Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s aging. The effects look decent, the action will probably be all right (despite Schwarzenegger’s age), and it’s another chapter in one of my favorite sci-film series. Here’s hoping it’s as good as the originals!
Insurgent – March 20th, 2015
I was unhappy with Divergent mainly because it seemed a little too close to Hunger Games, and also because it was just a poor adaptation of the book. The Insurgent trailer didn’t get my hopes up. It looks like they just put 99% of their budget towards special effects and visuals instead of, you know, stuff that’s more important like decent screenwriters and talented actors. I’m probably being a little too harsh, but it’s difficult to find something positive to say about this film series. The books were capitalizing on the success of the “angsty teenagers rebelling in a dystopian society” genre, and the movies suffered from “bad-adaptation-initis”. Unless you’re a hardcore fan of the book or movie series, then you may skip this one when it comes out.
Minions – July 10th, 2015
I’m not afraid to admit it: Minions looks pretty damn cute. The first Despicable Me was great, the second was meh, but this spin-off looks like it could be a good time for both kids and adults. The trailer features the minions babbling to each other as they make their way through time, looking for evil figureheads to serve, and unexpectedly causing their downfall (accidentally killing the T-Rex and exposing Dracula to sunlight). Eventually, they make their way to America in the 1960s and search for a new master. The cast list includes such talents as Michael Keaton, Jon Hamm, and Sandra Bullock, so I have high hopes. Just please, please, please, don’t let this gimmick get played out. I don’t want to see 5 minions sequels with the same rehashed plot. Let this be the end-all for the franchise so that it can die peacefully before it’s too late.
Ted 2 – July 26th, 2015
Go home, Seth MacFarlane; you’re drunk. I’m going to be blunt and just say that MacFarlane is a hack who loves to hear himself talk. It’s like he has to have 90% of the dialogue in his movies. That’d be fine if he was actually talented. I hated the original Ted but everyone thought it was hysterical for some reason (I guess I don’t see the amazing comedy potential of a dirty-talking teddy bear?). Ted 2 hardly looks better. I’m astounded that they roped in Morgan Freeman. I’m guessing this will be a carbon-copy of the original film with more of MacFarlane forcing jokes and inserting as much of himself into the dialogue as possible.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water – February 6th, 2015
For a movie that is coming out so soon, I’m surprised that The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water hasn’t gotten more attention. I’ve seen maybe one or two commercial spots and that’s it. The show jumped the shark a long time ago, but apparently it’s been getting enough ratings to keep it running, so I don’t blame them for wanting to make a second movie. It looks like another cute film for families to enjoy, but I think I’d see Minions over the sponge. The story seems simple enough: someone stole the Krabby Patty formula and the protagonists have to venture out onto dry land to retrieve it from pirates. I can’t put my finger on it, but the CGI looks weird. I think it was done on purpose to make the characters look more bubbly when out of their aquatic surroundings? No idea. Still – I wouldn’t say the trailer looked bad, but it was nothing spectacular either.
As I said before, this year’s trailers were a little lacking, but they weren’t terrible. Out of all of them, I enjoyed Minions the most, with Terminator: Genesys at a close second. I just wish they gave us a teaser for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. That probably would’ve broken YouTube and the entire Internet.
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