Trailers by Brandon: This Week, we’ve got a new Avengers: Endgame trailer that literally the entire world is talking about, yes, but let’s not overlook those red-banned trailers for Booksmart and Good Boys, either. I’m arguably just excited to see both of those movies (especially Booksmart) as I am Endgame.
Opening this week:
While the lack of marketing and trailers for Captive State is slightly concerning, what we have seen promises to a unique alien invasion thriller from the mind of Rupert Wyatt. You remember Wyatt, of course — he, almost singlehandedly, brought the Planet of the Apes series back from the dead with Rise of the Planet of the Apes. He’s made a couple of not-so-great films too, but the limited Captive State trailers we have seen seem to indicate things will go right this time
Did you guys know this movie doesn’t even have a director? Like, dead serious, if you go on IMDB there isn’t a director listed (I heard that the former director got fired for sexual misconduct and the studio just didn’t even bother replacing him). In all the time I’ve been reviewing and watching movies, I don’t remember that ever happening. Anyways, this looks like a dumb animated movie that I’m not going to be seeing.
Five Feet Apart
The trailers for Five Feet Apart have clearly been aiming for that Fault in Our Stars kind of audience — which I, myself, am not necessarily a part of. If I hear really good things coming out of screenings I’d be willing to give this movie a chance but, the thing is, I haven’t heard anything whatsoever.
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase
I initially knocked Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase when the first trailers came out, but now I’m pretty impartial in just saying that this movie isn’t for me. If there’s a younger audience who finds themselves really attached to this movie, that’s great! I can’t say I’m going to see it (although I am just a little bit curious about Jennifer Riker’s role), but those who are going to can have at it.
Avengers: Endgame (April 26, 2019)
There’s a pretty high bar after Avengers: Infinity War when it comes to Endgame. Even if that superhero fatigue is starting to set in, everyone is looking at this movie to see what comes next.
Yes, a lot of this trailer is just re-used footage from previous Marvel movies, but it’s also our best look that we’ve got at the movie compared to other trailers. It teases just enough without giving anything away — and now that we know Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, is going to be in there too, this just keeps sounding better and better.
Booksmart (May 24, 2019)
Lady Bird meets Superbad and I am oh, so here for it. Not only does this trailer looks hilarious and does the chemistry between Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Denver appear to be on-point, but I’m hearing great things about this coming out of SXSW film festival. Just give it to me all, right now, because I’m ready.
Good Boys (August 16, 2019)
The second of this week’s R-rated, raunchy comedy starring a bunch of young actors (I’m pretty sure that both trailers even use the same song at one point), this first-look at Good Boys also made me laugh pretty hard. I think Good Boys might have to walk a tighter rope than Booksmart just because Booksmart seems to have a little more going on and Good Boys could pretty easily devolve into a Sausage Party level of nonsensical profanity, but I still like what I see.
Aladdin (May 24, 2019)
Up to this point, the Aladdin trailers have all been disappointing, bad or down-right terrible. Disney, apparently, realized this too because they finally decided it’s time to stop their game up. I’m not saying that Aladdin looks amazing, but this is clearly the best promo material they’ve released yet. Yes, young Jafar isn’t really doing it for anyone and there’s a weird low-budget kind of feeling to this whole thing, but, come on — who didn’t get a little caught up in all of it when “A Whole New World” started playing.
The Legend of Cocaine Island (March 29, 2019)
Netflix is looking to recoup some of their FYRE popularly and, judging by the premise and quick look at The Legend of Cocaine Island, they might have found it. Of course, there’s no telling if this is going to catch on in the same way, but I still think it looks pretty interesting nonetheless.
The Art of Self-Defense (June 21, 2019)
It’s a quick, sixty-second trailer in which the tone is kind of all over the place (which might be the point of the movie? probably?), but this look at The Art of Self-Defense certainly leaves an impression. Whether or not that impression makes you want to see the movie is another question, but it’s something, at least.
The last two movies, however, don’t really leave all that much of an impression. Nona might be a fine movie, for all I know, but this trailer doesn’t give me a great sense of what this movie is about or why I should go see it.
The Professor and the Madman (2019)
Mel Gibson and Sean Penn in the same movie — boy, that set must have been a nightmare to work on, huh? Jokes aside, The Professor and the Madman looks flat as all get-out. Again, maybe that’s purely based on the two minutes of footage we’re shown here, but that’s enough to make me say that I really don’t care about this movie too much.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
Yes, it was already mentioned in this article, but it’s getting mentioned again because Rise of the Planet of the Apes is great, dammit. Some people prefer Dawn of the Planet of the Apes or War of the Planet of the Apes — which are both valid selections, as this whole trilogy is pretty spectacular — but Rise is my go-to. I’ll never forget hearing the entire audience inside the theater gasp along with Tom Felton when Caeser utters his first words in that one incredible scene.