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The Trailer Report – 3/7/14

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 singing orphans, possessed mirrors, drunk comedians, and giant robot dinosaurs.

Let’s get started:

13 Sins

A man is pulled into a deadly game of dare in which he must complete 13 increasingly lethal challenges.

Does it look good? Maybe, leaning towards no. It’s not like the whole “deadly game” concept hasn’t been done before countless times, and I don’t know that this will offer anything new on the idea. Plus there is the edging towards torture porn that the trailer implies, which I’m not much into. It might surprise me, but for now I’m not sold.

 

Annie

The classic musical tale of a young orphan girl and her rich patron is updated and re-imagined.

Does it look good? Sure, for those into the original. Annie always was a pretty silly musical all on its own, and this doesn’t seem to be changing the tone in any considerable way. In fact, outside of the race swap, there doesn’t seem to be any major differences at all, so fans of the classic will probably be fans of this one. I will say that if someone playing Obama shows up to take the place of Roosevelt in the story, that will be pretty hilarious.

 

Frank

A secretive and possibly insane musician is brought into the limelight by a new band member.

Does it look good? Possibly. It looks to have a dark comedy edge to it that I usually appreciate, even if it’s often hard to pull off. When I first heard about this project I imagined the film would take itself a bit more seriously, and I’m glad to see that’s not the case, because it’s a pretty weird story. If it can edge farther into being funny over being weird, we’ll be good on this one.

 

Grace of Monaco

Grace Kelly must balance the desires of her personal life with the realities of her political marriage.

Does it look good? Not for me. This looks like melodrama at its finest, and while I’m always down to garner some actual historical knowledge from these types of semi-biographies, this one looks far more soap opera than history. Plus, are we really going to be expected to empathize with a rich, beautiful, successful woman married to a prince because she can’t “be herself” as much as she’d like?

 

Harmontown

A look at the creation of Dan Harmon’s podcast following his firing from the TV show Community.

Does it look good? For any fans of Community, certainly. For anyone who’s followed that show’s history, the behind the scenes drama has been almost as interesting as the show itself. And while Dan Harmon is often labeled the victim and defended in earnest, this film seems to be showing another side of the issue: that while he may be a very funny writer, he’s not a very likable guy, and probably hard to work with. So, for fans of the show, this is one that probably shouldn’t be missed.

 

Oculus

A young woman attempts to prove the supernatural nature of a mysterious mirror that she believes killed her parents.

Does it look good? Could be. None of the horror stuff looks particularly original, or all that scary, but some of the concepts seem novel enough to provoke my interest. The fact that this is being framed around an active investigation, with the protagonist being proactive, is rare enough for a horror film, and the way it seems split between the overlapping stories of the children’s investigation and the parent’s events years earlier seems like it could have the potential for some quality mind-bending.

 

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

Robert Rodriguez returns to Sin City with a new set of hard boiled stories from the most dangerous town on earth.

Does it look good? Sure, if you were into the first one. I liked the original Sin City enough for what it was, though when I re-watched it years later the cheesiness of it all caught up to me a bit. This one looks to be along the same lines, with some returning characters and some new faces, combining into an overall very impressive cast. The style is the same, I did still enjoy that look from the first movie. So, once again, if you liked the original, there is little holding you back here.

 

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

The Transformers return years later, with new human allies and a new threat from their home-world.

Does it look good? Damn you Bay, but it does. I haven’t like any of the previous Transformers movies (though I’ve always been convinced that if you could edit out all the humans in them, they would be a solid 75% better), but they have all had pretty great trailers. And even knowing that this is almost certainly the same sort of situation, I can’t help but think that some of it still looks pretty damn cool. Giant two-headed robot dragon? Giant robot T-Rex? Giant robot gun-head man? I know in my heart this will be bad, but I also can’t help but get a little excited.

¬†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 in the dust.

Until next week!



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