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The Trailer Report – 2/7/14

Hello, all you movie watchers out there! Welcome to 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 we’ve got Spider-Man, Captain America, doppelgangers, and the nature of the very universe itself.

Let’s get started:

 

MOVIES

Alan Partridge

A quirky radio personality becomes embroiled in a hostage situation when his coworker is fired.

Does it look good? It does. I’ve been a fan of Steve Coogan for a while, and I’ve always felt he hasn’t had enough of a presence in the US thus far. This film is based on a British character that’s been around and popular in the UK for years, so whether this will help that situation is uncertain. Still, Coogan’s comedic style is certainly on display here, even if there were at least a couple of heavily accented lines that escaped my fully American ears.

 

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man returns to face new threats, new enemies, and new secrets.

Does it look good? It looks pretty good, and pretty busy. This full length (and then some) trailer aired during the Super Bowl, and features a lot of story points, a lot of tonal shifts, and at least three villains. It certainly looks cool, but we’ll have to wait and see on the actual quality (and I’m going to be kind of bummed if Electro’s motivation for becoming a super-villain really is that Spider-Man couldn’t remember his name.)

 

Captain America: Winter Soldier

Captain America returns as well, and he’s got new threats and secrets too, though he seems to have more new allies than enemies.

Does it look good? Absolutely. This has been one my most anticipated superhero movies of the last few years. After the high flying fireworks of The Avengers (which we all pretty well liked here at Leviathyn.) Winter Solider is taking the Captain to a more grounded, thriller type plot, based on the superb comic book story by Ed Brubaker. I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that this one will be the best comic book movie of the summer (at least until a full X-Men trailer gets released.)

 

Enemy

A mild-mannered professor discovers a man who looks exactly like him and decides to track him down. Things get weird from there.

Does it look good? Maybe. This one is from Denis Villenueve (director of the excellent Prisoners) so I do have high hopes for it. But it’s definitely got an obscure, David Lynch style feel to it, and I’m not a fan of those types of films, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

 

Hector And The Search For Happiness

A bored, depressed therapist decides to take a trip around the world to discover the nature of happiness.

Does it look good? Sure, it looks very pleasant. I’m always down for more Simon Pegg, even though this doesn’t really look like my type of thing. What it does look a lot like is a male, British version of Eat, Pray, Love, and you should know right from that if this is for you or not.

 

Maladies

A writer with mental issues struggles to write with the help of his equally odd sister and friends.

Does it look good? Not really. This particular style of indie drama has never really appealed to me, as they always come across as pretentious and self-indulgent. James Franco is particularly guilty of this; outside of his blockbuster and comedy work, he seems bent on proving himself a deep, complicated artist. As of yet, I remain unconvinced.

 

Odd Thomas

A short order cook with the ability to see supernatural phenomena must battle forces of darkness for the sake of his hometown.

Does it look good? Kinda sorta. It’s got a look somewhere between Constantine and Pushing Daisies, which could be an interesting mix of whimsy and horror. But then, it’s directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, Van Helsing), who loves to make flashy but dumb movies, pretty much as a rule. While I hope he breaks his streak here, I doubt he will.

 

TELEVISION

Cosmos

Carl Sagan’s classic documentary series gets a reboot, with famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson at the helm.

Does it look good? Sure does. I’m a sucker for most of these sweeping, dramatic kinds of docu-series, and this looks as sweeping and dramatic as you can get. Neil deGrasse Tyson should do a great job; he has a history of pontificating with a major degree of gravitas and passion, which should serve him well here. Also, it looks like they’ve got a bit of an effects budget this time around.

 That’s it for this week.  Let me know in the comments which of these you’re most excited about, and which ones you’ll be leaving by the wayside.

Until next week!



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