Ladies and gentlemen, Christmas movie season is officially here. As our schedules get busier and busier over the next couple of days, it’s important to remember to take time out for the things that really matter — that mostly being trailers and movies, of course.
Opening this week:
I have no idea what to expect from Aquaman. I’ve heard all different kinds of reactions of this movie coming out of early screenings — some seem to love it and while others are utterly despising its existence. I’m hoping, like, really hoping that I’m part of the former group. James Wan is a great director and the DC could really use a win under their belt here. The trailers worked for me too, so I’m just ready to have some fun with this one.
I’m one of the lucky few who had to catch an early screening of Bumblebee. That means that I can confirm that, yes, this is the best live-action Transformers movie to date. Now, it’s by no means perfect and still comes with a handful of problems of its own, but the days of Michael Bay are finally over.
Mary Poppins Returns
We now live in a world where they a Mary Poppins sequel exists. That’s just an ordinary thing we all have to accept. I can’t say that I really see the need for this movie to have been made, other than that it will obviously earn loads and loads of money for Disney, but the talent involved — Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel Miranda, specifically — does have me curious enough to give it a shot.
Welcome to Marwen
I was one of those people who was actually pretty excited for Welcome to Marwen based off what I saw in the trailers. All the early buzz I’ve been hearing about the movie, however, is not good. Like Mary Poppins Returns, there’s still enough here to make me want to give it a chance, but I guess I can’t go walking into this one hoping for another Beautiful Boy.
Finally, we’ve arrived to the one movie that I will be skipping this weekend without hesitation. The trailers tell you everything you need to know for this one and what I know is that this is a giant no thanks.
Hellboy (April 12, 2019)
Look, like all of you, I really wish that Guillermo del Toro could have worked things out with the studios and given us a proper Hellboy 3. With no disrespect to David Harbour, there can never be another Ron Pearlman. That being said, the new trailer for Hellboy isn’t bad. Some people online have already been comparing it to Suicide Squad — which I can understand, to some degree — but I think there’s more to this than that. It just looks like a different, hopefully darker and more horror-centered take on the character, which is something that I, personally, would really love to see. I’m going to need more trailers or information before I make a final judgment call on Hellboy, but this at least got me wanting to see more.
Men in Black International (June 14, 2019)
My initial reaction to the Men in Black International trailer wasn’t great. It’s not terrible or anything, but Men in Black III rubbed me the wrong way and, if anything, I was getting R.I.P.D. vibes (a movie that most people have rightfully forgotten). The more I thought about it and listened into to online chatter, though, the more I started to come around on. Men in Black International still has a lot to prove as long as I’m concerned, but seeing Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth team up to save the galaxy again just sounds like too much fun to pass up.
Greta (March 1, 2019)
Yes, we’ve seen movies like Greta several times in the past. Check out The Gift if you want a creepy take on this premise. It’s certainly got a cast though, and, to the trailer’s credit, I can’t figure out how this one is going to end.
Braid (Feb. 1, 2019)
There’s no doubt that Braid has a certain student-film quality to it. Hopefully, though, that won’t be too distracting, as this movie looks like it has a really fun premise to it. It’s also got Madeline Brewer, who can do no wrong in the horror genre after her work in Cam as far as I’m concerned
Where’d You Go, Bernadette (March 22, 2019)
I’ve got to be honest — I love Cate Blanchett as an actress and I love Richard Linklater as a director, but the trailer for Where’d You Go, Bernadette didn’t wow me. I know that it’s based off a book that has a lot of fans, but this footage gave me A Simple Favor mixed with a breezy, carefree kind of vibe, which aren’t two tones that necessarily seem like they fit together very well.
Brexit (Jan. 19, 2019)
Benedict Cumberbatch with a weird haircut, part 70. There’s an interesting story be told with Brexit, I’ll grant you that, but you know what else had an interesting story and starred Benedict Cumberbatch? The Fifth Estate. That movie, if you recall, was really, really bad. While I’d love Brexit to take a different route, I can’t quite give it that praise just quite yet.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 (June 7, 2019)
An animated movie talking about super-heroes that isn’t Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Pass. In all seriousness (even though Spider-Verse really is one of the best movies of the year and demands to be seen on the big screen), I’m pretty whatever on The Secrets Life of Pets 2. Much like the first one, this is just one of those ‘Yeah, sure, that’s a thing and maybe I’ll see it eventually’ kind of movies.
Then You Came (Feb. 1, 2019)
I’m going to say it once and for all: stop making these “inspirational” movies about sick people falling in love. It worked for The Fault in Our Stars and certain hybrids of the genre, like Me, Early and The Dying Girl, but the clichés are officially tired now. No more. I’m sick of watching trailers for them. Stop it.
I acknowledge the fact that I am in the minority in this one. Most people who saw Sanctum didn’t like it, as it’s a mostly forgotten movie now. I, however, think this film is a lot of fun. A lot of fun and beautifully filmed, at that. Aquaman isn’t the only film that knows how to create some well-shot underwater scenes, as the cinematography in Sanctum is worth the price of admission alone (even though some of the acting might not be).