We’ve got trailers for Us and a new Black Mirror original film this week (!!), along with a whole bunch of wide-releases that are all gunning for Oscar attention — except for Holmes and Watson, which doesn’t seem to be gunning for much of anything, really.
Opening this week:
I’ve heard a lot of mixed things about Vice since the movie started screening. Like, a lot a lot. It’s tricky subject matter, for sure, but I still can’t help but be curious how Adam McKay is going to handle it. The Big Short was one of my favorite movies of 2015, so I’m hoping he can pull a repeat here.
Holmes and Watson
There are two movies starring John C. Reilly being released this weekend. Holmes and Watson is the one that you probably don’t need to see. While Step Brothers and Talladega Nights both had their moments, it’s been a long time since Reilly and Will Ferrell were in a movie together that was legitimately funny. Judging by the Holmes and Watson trailers, that’s not about to change anytime soon.
Like Vice, opinions on Destroyer seem to be pretty mixed. There is no denying that Naomi Watts looks incredible in this role and should be probably nominated for some kind of award off of the trailers for Destroyer alone, but the question is whether the rest of the movie will be able to keep up with her.
On the Basis of Sex
On the Basis of Sex looks like a perfectly well-intentioned movie that a lot of people probably need to here. Nothing can take away from that or all the good that Ruth Bader Ginsburg did in life. That being said, the trailers for On the Basis of Sex make this look like a Hallmark movie. I’m not trying to be too critical here but, really, this seems on the low end of the totem pole as far as biopics go.
Stan & Ollie
Stan & Ollie, on the other hand, is a biopic of sorts that I’m increasingly becoming more and more excited to see. It seems to be getting looked over by a lot of people, which is a shame, because the true story is really interesting and Reilly and Steve Coogan both look really good in this. I’m going to check it out as soon as it starts playing in a theater near me, and you should too.
Us (March 15, 2019)
I’m always a little hesitant whenever a director returns for their sophomore film. We’ve seen directors make incredible directorial debuts, only to be torn down the system of their own ambitions on their second try (a tragic occurrence that looks to be taking Joe Cornish next with The Kid Who Would Be King). The trailer for Us, however, totally dismissed any of those fears I had for Jordan Peele.
His follow-up to the massively successful Get Out, the trailer for Us (which is definitely going to have some kind of double meaning about Us = United States) is so creepy, atmospheric and downright haunting that I’m dying to see more. The good news is that we don’t have to wait too long until the movie is released. The bad news is that any amount of time feels like too long.
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (Dec. 28, 2018)
I’ve been saying for a long time that it would be really cool if Black Mirror started doing feature-films. Netflix, apparently, came to the same conclusion as we’ve now got a trailer to Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. I have to admit, I’m a little anxious about this and really hope it’s not just a terrible sci-fi film they knew nobody was going to see unless it had a recognizable brand name attached to it (as was the case with The Cloverfield Paradox), but I’m really hoping this idea works out.
I’m Not Here (March 8, 2019)
This is not the sequel to You Were Never Really Here that I was expecting. In all seriousness, it’s hard to form a solid opinion off of I’m Not Here going off the sixty-second footage we see here. Of course, I’m always rooting for J.K. Simmons to be in a good movie, but the jury’s still out on which way this one will go until we get more trailers.
Teen Spirit (April 5, 2019)
The still images for Teen Spirit make it look like a horror movie. The score, the makeup and the lighting make Teen Spirit look like a horror movie. Even the opening to the trailer makes it look like a horror movie, leaving us waiting for that creepy hook to come. Thing is, it never does. What starts off as promising just turns into a routine song-and-dance routine that, honestly, looks pretty bad.
The Other Guys (2010)
It’s been eight years since The Other Guys was released and, for the most part, it seems like everyone forgot this movie existed. That’s a shame because it’s quite possibly the funniest film that Adam McKay has ever directed. Sure, the story is a bit formulaic in parts, but the humor is so on point (especially the opening 20-minutes with Samuel Jackson and Dwayne Johnson) that you won’t care because you’re going to be laughing so much.