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The Trailer Report – 1/24/14

Hello, all you movie watchers out there, and welcome to the second edition of The Trailer Report, where we’ll break down all of the week’s biggest movie and TV trailers, and try our best to answer the ultimate question for all trailers: Does it look good?

This week is the Sundance Film Festival, so we have a slew of new trailers for independent films being screened there, along with more 300, Batman’s kid, a particle collider, and Hannibal Lecter’s return to TV.

So without any further delay, let’s get started:



300: Rise of an Empire

Simultaneously a prequel and sequel to 300, Rise of an Empire looks at the rise of Xerxes as a conqueror as well as the fighting following the death of Leonidas.

Does it look good? You know, the more marketing I see of this movie the better it looks. It looks to be keeping the high production value and crazy aesthetic of the original, and Eva Green looks like she’ll be a lot of fun as the primary villain. That Black Sabbath song, though… I don’t know how I feel about that; it actually kind of works, but the anachronism of it is also a bit off-putting.


Adult World

A young aspiring poet (Emma Roberts) finds work at a porn shop while trying to impress her hero (John Cusack.)

Does it look good? Not Really. The “aspiring writer finding themselves” trope has been done to death, and Roberts seems to be really forcing the quirkiness here (I’m still not entirely sold on her as an actress in general.)


The Babadook

A troubled young boy and his grieving widow of a mother begin to experience strange, terrifying phenomena after reading an old children’s book.

Does it look good? Hard to say. While it makes it hard to judge, I do appreciate that the trailer gives us very little to go on in terms of plot. Is this a straight monster movie? Is the mother demented? Or the kid maybe? The trailer seems to make the case for any and all of these, which could be very interesting. And that voice is certainly creepy.


Better Living Through Chemistry

A straight laced pharmacist begins an affair with a woman who leads him down a rabbit hole of substance abuse and bad behavior.

Does it look good? A bit. Sam Rockwell sure does love his dark comedies, but as a genre they are really hit-or-miss, and very easy to get wrong. I can’t say I laughed at anything in the trailer, but the sheer charm of Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde may be enough to pull this one through.


Child of God

A dangerously violent man travels the countryside doing terrible things to people.

Does it look good? It looks bleak, is what it looks. This is directed by James Franco (whose directorial efforts thus far have been small, stark, depressing affairs) and adapted from a novel by Cormac Mcarthy (for whom bleakness is a staple) so if nothing else, don’t go in expecting to have a fun time with this one.


Particle Fever

A documentary about the construction and initial testing of the Large Hadron Collider, featuring interviews with the prominent scientists involved with it.

Does it look good? Tentatively, yes. It’s a fascinating topic, and hearing the scientists discuss how it will change things will be fascinating, but I do wonder if their enthusiasm can hold a full length film without having to get into the actual science, which could get tedious.


Son of Batman

Batman finds out he has a son by ex-lover Talia Ghul, and attempts to teach him to control the rage inside him.

Does it look good? Looks pretty cool. DC, despite having a spotty live action film record, has done exceptionally well in its animated offerings. This looks to continue in that vein, with a story pulled straight from the comics, and a pretty cool looking anime style to the action.



Hannibal – Season 2

Secret serial killer/cannibal Hannibal Lecter is back, having framed his friend and confidante Will Graham, who seems to have undergone some kind of mental breakdown.

Does it look good? It does. I haven’t watched the first season; it looked decent enough, but a little episodic for my taste. It looks as if the second season is correcting that, and it looks like the story they’re telling this season will be quite intense, and probably disturbing.


That’s it for this week.  Let me know in the comments which of these you’re most excited about, and which ones you don’t want anything to do with.

Until next week!

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