Hello, dear readers! Been a while, hasn’t it? My sincerest apologies for not writing one of these for about 6 or 7 months; my summer was spent in aimless relaxation, September bought on the intense start to my second year of university, and the last month or two have been tumultuous for all sorts of reasons. Still I endure, and I am here to ease myself back into blogging with a brief post about some recent film trailers that have dropped.
Please note that if you’re a person that avoids trailers, I will be vaguely spoiling them here. Also, I won’t be discussing the trailer for Bond 285: No Time to Die because it feels like a poorly-edited mashup of three trailers strung together.
First up is the trailer for Disney’s Marvel’s Avenger’s presents Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow: An MCU Black Widow Story story. Jokes aside, the trailer is the usual blend of Marvel branded action and comedy. It slightly differentiates itself by appearing to have been poured into the Captain America: The Winter Soldier mold before the Disney factory sent it out. This is fine, as everybody knows Winter Soldier was/ is still one of the most interesting MCU movies to date, but we are all still left asking “Why the shit is this movie coming out next year, and not about half a decade ago when we really wanted it?” Regardless of my increasing MCU cynicism, the idea of both Florence Pugh (who killed it in Midsommar) and David Harbour (who was certainly in Hellboy) hamming up a Russian accent excites me, so I’ll probably bother catching this when it’s out.
Next is the trailer for the upcoming action-comedy/ Ryan Reynolds vehicle “Free Guy”. I’m not sure where I stand with this at the moment. On the one hand, Reynolds has garnered a lot of nerd-cred with me for sticking with Deadpool until it finally came to be in early 2016 and generally seems to put effort into products he believes will be interesting or entertaining. On the other hand, I’m worried that like most video-game related movies this might come across as reductive and not function properly as the two mediums only seem to work in one direction for the purposes of adaption. Reynolds will be funny and have plenty of fourth-wall breaking meta-jokes, as this is his strange type-cast since Deadpool, but it has a good chance of being a mediocre film that he elevates rather than a great film that he shines in. Also, whoever designed that HUD when he puts on this glasses is clearly the embodiment of the “Graphic design is my passion” meme.
Third on my list is the trailer for Wonder Woman 1984. For star-power alone I’m excited for this: Gal Gadot did a great job as a naive, over-powered, fish-out-of-water princess in the first movie. For the sequel she is joined by Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal, two fantastic actors, and while I can’t quite suss the plot out from the trailer it looks to have a nice role-reversal for Gadot as she plays the one in-the-know to Chris Pine’s mysteriously un-aged Steve Trevor. I liked the first movie – it wasn’t amazing, but it stood well on its own and compared to the other recent DC outputs it was Oscar-worthy. Between the teased 80’s soundtrack and that weird winged costume, colour me excited.
And finally, a Sony Pictures Ghostbusters trailer came out.
Anyway, that’s all from me for now. I’m finally getting round to checking out Knives Out this week so there might be a post about that soon. I also have a “Secret screening” movie following at the weekend: If it’s The Lighthouse I shall weep for joy, if it’s Cats I shall weep for nightmarish sorrow.
Until next time!