There are plenty of trailers to watch this week — many of which, granted, aren’t necessarily great. Still, between Queen & Slim, a new Charlie’s Angels and yet another haunted doll movie opening in theaters, there’s plenty to talk about in this week’s Trailers by Brandon.
Opening this week:
Annabelle Comes Home
First Child’s Play. Then Toy Story 4. Now Annabelle Comes Home. Scary dolls (with Toy Story 4 easily being the scariest, mind you) are having a moment. The trailers for Annabella Comes Home have all promised this zany, spooky haunted house movie in the Conjuring universe, which sounds fun! Granted, every nearly every movie in the Conjuring universe has a fun premise — whether that be The Nun, The Curse of La Llorona or the first Annabelle — and all of those movies are hot trash, but I’m holding out hope for this one.
People have been mocking the premise for Yesterday online a lot, which is maybe a little fair but, I don’t know, I think that it looks like it’s worth a watch. The trailers haven’t been bad and Danny Boyle movies are almost always worth watching for one reason or another, so let’s give it a chance before we rush to judgment, maybe?
Do what you want with Ophelia, on the other hand, whether that means giving it a chance or not. Shakespeare nerds might go nuts for this premise and trailers — or maybe they might totally hate it, for all I know. I failed my way through the one Shakespeare course I ever took, so don’t ask me.
Queen & Slim (Nov. 27, 2019)
We see you, Melina Matsoukas, we see you. Queen & Slim looks like what would happen if you mixed Blindspotting and Natural Born Killers together — which is a very, very intriguing kind of idea. With the always great Daniel Kaluuya (seemingly not the creepy Widows Kaluuya this time around) and Jodie Turner-Smith, this will be one to keep an eye on.
The Good Liar (Nov. 15, 2019)
Went into the trailer expecting some sort of stuffy period piece/British drama a la Woman in Gold or The Lady, but this actually might be good? We might need more trailers to probably decipher, but this looks like some sort of crime-thriller based around dating apps/technology? Sounds like it could be a pretty fun time, I think.
Black and Blue (Oct. 25, 2019)
Queen & Slim, Black and Blue..anyone else sensing a pattern (at least thematically, if you watch these trailers back-to-back) here? Black and Blue has similar socially relevant subject matter, but looks a lot more formulaic and clichéd based on this footage. That doesn’t mean it can’t be good — it’s just going to be an uphill battle to get there.
Charlie’s Angels (Nov. 15, 2019)
I’ll see it, I guess, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to be happy about it. They’ve got a pretty good cast as the angels, at least — with Kristen Stewart clearly being the most talented in the group (no, I’m not joking, either). It’s just…this all looks pretty generic and Elizabeth Banks isn’t my favorite director in the world, so can I ask why we really need to be doing this again? We’ve had, what, three or four of these movies now? Do we really need another one that looks *exactly* the same?
Bad Trip (Oct. 25, 2019)
If you like Jackass or Bad Grandpa, odds are that you’re going to dig this trailer for Bad Trip. If those films/trailers aren’t really you’re thing, then I highly doubt this will be. Me, I think Bad Trip could have some funny bits — especially because of Tiffany Haddish — but they’re funny bits that I’ll just watch on YouTube instead of seeing it in a theater.
Burn (Aug. 23, 2019)
The single gas station location is kind of cool, but this thing looks pretty cheaply made, yeah? I mean, good films can still come from shoe-string budgets, but I’ve also seen far more impressive trailers from movies made on shoe-string budgets when compared to this one.
The Current War (Oct. 4, 2019)
A week ago, I would have sworn, SWORN that this movie came out a couple of years ago. I remember them releasing trailers for it and everything. Turns out, this was indeed supposed to come out in 2017, but it was being released under the Weinstein production banner. When everything went Harvey Weinstein went down, The Current War got canned and is just now seeing the light of day…..and, even after all that, my feelings toward it really haven’t changed. The Prestige type vibe is kind of cool, I guess, but it really seems like they’re stretching to make a film here and I’m probably going to wind up passing on it a second time.
Midway (Nov. 8, 2019)
This looks exactly like I would expect a Roland Emmerich, Pearl Harbor movie to look like and, no, that isn’t necessarily a good thing. Look, the man wears his heart on his sleeve and this is your kind of thing — that being a bunch of giant CGI explosions with a HOO-HAA American kind of attitude — then more power to you. I survived that once with Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor movie and I’m not really looking to do it again.
On paper, the idea for Nekrotronic probably sounds cool. Watching this trailer, well, is another story. Maybe it’ll be fun just because of how ridiculous and dumb it is, or maybe it’ll just be bad. Actually, who are we kidding, this will probably just be bad.
Night Hunter (2019)
Wow, uh, no thanks. Let alone that the multiple personality disorder thing has been done to death at this point and the fact that Night Hunter has a really good cast — Alexandra Daddario, Henry Cavill, Stanley Tucci, Nathan Fillion and Ben Kingsley — that it was almost certainly waste, this just looks like a really bad, cheaply-made film that’s limping it’s way to a release. Don’t be surprised if this one winds up going straight to Netflix or another streaming platform.
Phil (July 5, 2019)
Go ahead and pass by me with movies that deal with your feel-good movie that deals with suicide, even if it does have a decent cast assembles. I’m not interested.
Looking for another really weird Danny Boyle movie? Trance has you covered. This strange, often hard to follow story about a hypnotist and an art thief might not be at the same level as Trainspotting or 127 Hours, but it can still be a pretty fun watch if you’re willing to get into it. It’s got James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson in there, too, all of whom play into this movie’s absurdity in a particularly entertaining way.