We are blessed friends, truly blessed, to receive not one, but TWO new Marvel trailers this week. Yeah, there might not be a lot noteworthy opening in wide release, but do we really care when we get to see all this amazing Captain Marvel and Avengers 4 footage?
Opening this week:
Mary Queen of Scots
I’m sorry, I know this is getting decent reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and all, but the trailers for Mary Queen of Scots really haven’t done it for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, and I have no doubt that they give great performances in this. The storyline, however, looks stale. This is one of those movies I’ll probably skip unless it happens to get nominated for a bunch of awards, at which point I’ll feel obligated to go see it.
Vox Lux is, however, something I want to go see right now. As reported on during last week’s Trailers by Brandon, this looks exciting, unique and just plain weird. It’s going to be a while before a theater near me picks it up and I actually get a chance to see it, but I’ll anxiously be waiting to check it out the first chance I get.
Ben is Back
Lucas Hedges is everywhere this fall. Mid90s, Boy Erased and now Ben is Back. Out of all his movies, though, this one places last on the totem pole. The trailers are fine, but the whole thing looks a bit too manipulative or melodramatic for my taste. Do yourself a favor and go see Beautiful Boy, which deals with similar subject matter, instead.
Avengers: Endgame (April 26, 2019)
I’ve already watched this trailer five times this morning. It’s perfect. It shows just enough footage to tease us and layout what the stakes will be for Avengers: Endgame without giving anything away, given the way Avengers: Infinity War ended. Honestly, I don’t need any more trailers for this movie besides this one and I’m going to do everything in my power to not watch them (even though, who are we kidding, that’s not going to last).
Captain Marvel (March 8, 2019)
Marvel straight-up killed it this week. With Avengers: Endgame AND Captain Marvel trailers being released, they’ve reminded us why they’re the most profitable company working today. And they both look GREAT. I’m loving what I’m seeing from Captain Marvel — not just in the ways it might tie into Avengers, but in terms of its own story, too. I want to see Carol Danvers story and the journey she has to take and, yeah, I want to see her fly around in space like a badass more, like she does at the end of this trailer.
The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019)
I’d never heard of this movie before watching the trailer for The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, but I really like what I’m seeing here. It’s got Reservoir Dogs and Free Fire vibes, only with a darker, more grounded atmosphere — which is something I’m definitely all on-board for.
Pledge (Jan. 11, 2019)
There’s an interesting idea here and the longer that this trailer goes on, the more I’m into it. I don’t want Pledge just to be a gross-out look at fraternities — they can have that message in there, sure, but they need a real story to tell, too. By the end of this trailer, though, things look to be getting pretty weird and unpredictable, which has me wanting to see more.
Breakthrough (April 17, 2019)
And here, folks, is a movie that I’m never going to see, ever. It doesn’t matter if they put out five more trailers for Breakthrough or announce that this is somehow part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I just won’t do it. Sorry, not happening. This looks terrible.
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Since Lucas Hedges is just everywhere, why not take a journey back to see one of the movies that really made him breakthrough? I just re-watched Manchester by the Sea earlier this week and it holds up incredibly well. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a heart-wrenching tale that’s tough to sit through at some points (even though it also incorporates humor in unexpected moments to great effect), but it’s a really well told, beautiful one at that.