We were promised a Zombieland sequel and now, one failed TV pilot and a decade later, we’re getting it. We’ve also got Once Upon a Time in Hollywood opening and some other new trailers, most of which are for biopics, to talk about in this week’s Trailers by Brandon.
Opening this week:
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
While I’ve given up trying to figure out where the ellipsis is supposed to go in the title for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, it’s still exciting that one of the most anticipated movies of the year (my number two, as a matter of fact) is opening this weekend. The trailers have all suggested this will be more of the Tarantino we’ve come to know and love so, by all means, hit me with this thing.
The trailers and overall marketing for Skin, on the other hand, really hasn’t been that strong or influential. I remember thinking it looked kind of interesting when they released that first look, but things have been pretty quiet ever since then — which probably isn’t the best sign.
Jojo Rabbit (Oct. 18, 2019)
There are few people out there who I’d trust to make a movie about young Nazis in this day and age. Spike Lee via Blackkklansman, sure, maybe Jordan Peele given his strong social commentary in movies like Us, and Take Waititi. That’s about it. It’s still risky, but they’re really playing up that ‘anti-hate satire’ in this trailer (which is brief and will hopefully be explored more in future trailers). Waititi, who is of Jewish heritage, has also said he wanted to make this movie as an ultimate ‘screw you’ to Hitler. All that being said, along with the success of Waititi’s other movies like Thor: Ragnarok, Hunt for the Wilderpeople and What We Do in the Shadows, and I’m on board with this.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Nov. 22, 2019)
Tom Hanks’ mission to depict every single person in a biopic continues with A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and, who are we kidding, we’re all getting misty-eyed just from the trailer, aren’t we? While there’s going to be all kinds of comparisons towards this and last year’s Won’t You Be My Neighbor? documentary, Hanks is perfect casting for Fred Rogers and I’m excited to see what this thing contains.
Zombieland: Double Tap (Oct. 11, 2019)
A movie that’s, what, ten years in the making now? That seems about how long they’ve been talking about it and, now, it’s finally coming. Truth be told, I don’t know how this thing is going to turn out — this trailer isn’t bad and certainly has some fun moments, but it’s not overwhelmingly great, either. We’ve seen a lot of sequels to comedies come out to just awful results (Super Troopers 2, Bad Santa 2, etc.), so I’m a little concerned — however, I’m still trying to stake optimistic nonetheless as I’m really hoping this one turns out.
Gemini Man (Oct. 4, 2019)
Gemini Man had a long, uphill climb after that first trailer, which I thought was terrible. Now, the film at least has my interest. This doesn’t far surpass any of the other trailers this week or anything like that, but it’s at least starting to look a lot better than it did before.
The Goldfinch (Sept. 13, 2019)
The Goldfinch, on the other hand, is kind of the opposite — I liked the previous trailers, while this one doesn’t do much for me. Maybe I feel like I just don’t need to see any more footage at this point, but this certainly wasn’t the most exciting footage I saw over the past couple of days.
Harriet (Nov. 1, 2019)
Harriet looks to be a much more straightforward biopic. Now, the story is obviously a great one and one that should be told — I just don’t see the same kind of craft and dedication in this trailer as I do in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood or other trailers. I could be wrong; Bad Times at the El Royale’s Cynthia Erivo looks like she’ll be great in the role. I’m just not jumping up and down to see this one.
15 Minutes of War (2019)
15 Minutes of War looks pretty straightforward, too. I don’t know a whole lot — aka nothing — about the true story behind this, so maybe, I don’t know, they have all the reason in the world to turn this into a film. It’s hard to get a firm grasp just judging by this footage, though, as it looks like they are kind of going the motions.
First Love (2019)
I really don’t know anything about First Love or the works of Takashi Miike. After watching the trailer, I still don’t know what to expect. It’s interesting, I suppose? Definitely trying to be a Tarantino kind of thing? I need more trailers than just this quick look, I guess.
Light of My Life (Aug. 9, 2019)
Like…it’s just…can we not? A movie about a world where women don’t exist from Casey Affleck? How about nooottttt? The dude was accused of sexual misconduct, like, just over a year ago. We probably don’t need this ever to have been made, let alone this soon. I love you Elisabeth Moss, you’re wonderful and great in everything that you’ve ever been in, but I’m not seeing this.
Jackie Brown (1997)
There’s a small cult of Jackie Brown fans out there, living among us, and those people are on to something. Jackie Brown isn’t Tarantino’s most celebrated or seen one, and there’s a decent amount of people out there who don’t care for it. While it’s admittedly no Inglorious Bastards, there’s still a lot of really good stuff in here that makes it prime for a rewatch. Don’t watch any trailers or anything like that, just go into it blind and enjoy it for what it is.