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The Trailer Report – 3/14/14
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 musician vampires, murderous siblings, and the Godfather of Soul.
Let’s get started:
A man attempts to regain the lost salsa dancing skills of his youth to woo a coworker.
Does it look good? It looks cute, with enough funny to make it interesting. Nick Frost hasn’t done a whole lot outside of his partnerships with Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, and has done even less starring role work, but this looks like a pretty solid entry level comedy for him. I’m not sure I’m a fan of how heavily they seem to be leaning on the fat jokes, though.
A recounting of the West Memphis Three trial, focusing on the mother of one of the victims and the lawyer intent on saving the defendants.
Does it look good? Could be, yeah. I’ll be honest, I know next to nothing about the West Memphis Three trial, so I’m looking at this blind, but the story of accused teens and a town intent on convicting them seems fairly interesting. It looks intense, and not a little bit depressing, but it could also be a taut chunk of legal thriller.
Get On Up
A biopic about the rise of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown.
Does it look good? Yeah, it looks fun. Chadwick Boseman most recently starred as Jackie Robinson in 42, and he was excellent in that one. This role is more than a bit more colorful and bombastic, but he still looks to be nailing it. It does look to have some of the cliche elements inherent to the biopic genre, (ie. overcoming some emotional trauma, in this case mommy issues) but we’ll have to see just how closely it stick to the biopic formula.
A repressed, emotionally distant nanny is tricked by her ward into a relationship with the girl’s father.
Does it look good? Hmm, hard to say, but I’d lean toward a negative. It looks strange and quirky and more than a little mired in its own melodrama. Kristen Wiig can be very funny, but these weirder, more restrained roles she’s been trying haven’t really been working out for her. It could surprise me, but for now I’m guessing this one will end a drama with far too much introspection and not a whole lot to actually say.
Only Lovers Left Alive
Two immortal lovers are brought back together to contend with the woman’s wilder sibling.
Does it look good? Possibly, but certainly strange. It certainly seems to have the indie hipster, deliberately paced (and I would argue rambling) style of Jim Jarmusch’s other films. I do like the ideas in this one though; the concept of vampires being these immortal goth kids responsible for most of the significant art of the world is pretty interesting. I’m guessing that won’t hold it up completely though.
Two sisters become obsessed with the idea of killing their mother.
Does it look good? Not at all. And dear lord, what is with this trailer? I mean, I understand the desire to break away from the standard trailer formula from time to time, but I can’t understand the logic behind most of the editorial decisions made here. It’s cut together in such a scattered, discordant way that even if the movie didn’t already look like a cheap Lifetime movie of the week, it would still look bad.
A young woman decides to make a trek across the 1,700 mile wide desert of West Australia.
Does it look good? It really does. It looks like one of those standard inspirational tales, but it looks well put together and Mia Wasikowski can be good in the right film (and it occurs to me only now that she is in three of the films in this week’s report). I’m not a fan at all of Adam Driver, but it doesn’t look like much focus is on him; it looks to be mostly be about the survival and psychology of such an undertaking, and that’s what I would find the most fascinating anyway.
That’s it for this week. Let me know in the comments which of these you’re most excited about, and which ones you just have no interest in.
Until next week!