Us wins the Super Bowl, new trailers for Childs Play and Pet Sematary and a whole bunch of options at the box office this week. All this and more in this week’s Trailers by Brandon.
Opening this week:
The Lego Movie 2
Took them long enough, didn’t? With the first Lego Movie coming out back in 2014, which was then followed by Lego Batman and Lego Ninjago, it’s odd that it took five whole years to get a proper Lego Movie sequel, but here we are. Judging by the trailers and early word of mouth, The Lego Movie 2 might not quite be able to hold up to the original, but seems to be a pretty enjoyable ride nonetheless.
What Men Want
I went to bat for What Men Want at first, given this seemed to be a clever and socially relevant twist on Mel Gibson’s What Women Want, but, after seeing these trailers, I just can’t do it anymore. I like Taraji P. Henson and Tracy Morgan, but I’m just not laughing at anything they’ve released for the movie so far.
Struggling to put his recent and extraordinarily stupid comments aside, Cold Pursuit is yet another retired CIA revenge thriller starring Liam Neeson. If the early reviews are to be believed, there’s a bit more substance to this one than something like The Commuter (blah), Unknown (meh) or the Taken sequels (oh god no), but we’ll let ourselves be the judge of that.
Can’t say that I liked the trailers for The Prodigy, either, even though this movie should be right up my alley. Maybe I’ll get it a chance or maybe I’ll just hold out for Happy Death Day 2U, which is only a week away.
Us (March 22, 2019)
Yeah, the Marvel trailers during the Super Bowl were all exciting (nothing from Warner Brothers? Something from It: Chapter 2 or Wonder Woman 1984 would have been cool), but Jordan Peele is the real winner this year. Along with that pretty neat Twilight Zone teaser, we also got a closer look at his upcoming Get Out follow-up, Us — and it still looks creepy, unsettling and like something that I want to see right this very second.
Pet Sematary (April 5, 2019)
The second best trailer isn’t even a Marvel one, either. That award goes to Pet Sematary for the increasing creepy and nerve-wracking Stephen King reboot. I’m reading the book right now and have about 100 pages left to go, but so far I can say that it seems like they’re nailing the tone perfectly.
Captain Marvel (March 8, 2019)
You read that right, Captain Marvel is coming in ahead of Avengers: Endgame because, frankly, I’m more excited for Captain Marvel at this point. Every time I see any trailers or new footage, I just get more and more amped to see this movie. Brie Larson, as far as I’m concerned, can do no wrong whatsoever.
Avengers: Endgame (April 26, 2019)
Now we’ve finally arrived to Endgame, which will likely be the highest box-office grossing movie, like, ever. I like The Leftovers vibe and, more importantly, I like how vague they’re keeping all these trailers. Unlike Avengers: Infinity War, I don’t want to see any footage that takes place outside the first fifteen minutes of the movie.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Aug. 9, 2019)
This quick TV shorts don’t get any kind of information as to what Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will actually be about, but there’s no doubt that it’s got some creepy imagery that should make for a hell of a fun time at the theater. Put in Guillermo del Toro as a producer and Andre Ovredal — creator of Trollhunters and The Autopsy of Jane Doe, both of which are great, under-seen horror flicks — and you certainly have my attention.
Missing Link (April 12, 2019)
Hi, my name is Brandon, and I’m far more excited to see Laika Studios’ new movie, Missing Link, then I am to see Pixar’s Toy Story 4. Yes, you read that right. While the latter fit has so much baggage attached to it, Missing Link looks like such a fun whirlwind of adventure that had me consistently laughing. It’s like a good version of Smallfoot (which I couldn’t bring myself to see) and I’m all for it.
Child’s Play (June 21, 2019)
It’s a bold choice not to put any actual footage of Chucky in a Child’s Play trailer, which is why it leaves just a little bit more to be desired. To be clear, it’s still a pretty good tease and all that has me wanted to see more, but it’s also not going to win any of the nay-sayers who are against a Child’s Play reboot over, either.
Giant Little Ones (March 1, 2019)
What looks like a spiritual sequel to Love Simon, I am all on board for Giant Little Ones and the message behind it. Granted, not every rom-com with gay characters is guaranteed to be a smash hit, but it’s the movement in general that really matters. On top of that, Giant Little Ones still looks to be pretty heartwarming and interesting nonetheless.
Toy Story 4 (June 21, 2019)
The question has to be asked once again: Do we really need a fourth Toy Story movie? To be fair, Pixar has proven us wrong a number of times when we’ve asked similar questions, as was the case for Toy Story 3. Thing is, Toy Story 3 was such a perfect book-end to that trilogy and none of the trailers — especially not this new one — for Toy Story 4 have indicated this movie is necessary at all.
The Sun is Also a Star (May 17, 2019)
The Sun is Also a Star is very much not my kind of movie and, upon starting the trailer, I fully expected to tune out by the one-minute mark. Yet, somehow, this actually looks kind of cute? Like, maybe a little? I’m still not 100% on going to go see this in a theater, yet I’m not ready to right it off completely, either.
The Wedding Guest (March 1, 2019)
It took me halfway through this trailer to realize this was a different movie from Hotel Mumbai — which also stars Dev Patel and is coming out in the near future — which probably isn’t a great thing. The Wedding Guest still looks like a fine thriller, I guess, even though there’s nothing that really stands out here.
Wonder Park (March 15, 2019)
There are two animated movies with pretty bad trailers this week, the first of which is Wonder Park. I’m really just not feeling this thing. Maybe it’s the insufferable jokes, the unimaginative nature to this whole thing or the crappy looking animation quality, but just go ahead and skip me on this one.
UglyDolls (May 3, 2019)
When the first UglyDolls trailer was released, I boldly claimed it was one of the worst trailers that I’ve seen in years. I would now like to officially take back that statement, as the second trailer for UglyDolls has found a way to beat it’s own record. This looks terrible. I know I’m not a kid and this movie isn’t specifically made me for, but that doesn’t mean kids don’t deserve good movies either. Missing Link is for kids and that looks great, so there’s no excuse as to why this looks so bad.
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
Again, putting aside Liam Neeson’s problematic interview — which is really, really bad and could easily effect how much work he might get in the future — A Walk Among the Tombstones is one of the more forgotten revenge flicks he’s made in recent years. Perhaps it’s because this one takes on a more serious tone rather than something cheesy or fluffy, but that somber atmosphere does the movie a lot of favors in creating a dark noir-drama that’s really pretty good.