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The Trailer Report – 5/16/14
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 vigilante priests, snarky exorcists, space pregnancies, and way too much medieval singing.
Let’s get started:
After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him.
Does it look good? It does, in an odd way. Dark comedies are a tricky beast; the dark part is usually pulled off pretty well, but making funny at the same time is where most falter. That said, Brendan Gleeson has made a habit of playing those kinds of roles in those kind of movies, and for the most part he pulls it off (The Guard and In Bruges come to mind). This is also by the same director of The Guard, so I’m guessing it will at least be entertaining. Also, who doesn’t want to watch Littlefinger acting like a goofball?
Discovering a bag of cash in their dead tenant’s apt, a couple in debt take the money and find themselves the target of the deadly thief who stole it.
Does it look good? Could be, but I’m not optimistic. I like the idea of the “ordinary people in over their head” thriller sub-genre, but outside of the Coen brothers they are rarely done well. Also, I’m not a huge fan of James Franco or Kate Hudson, and rarely do either of them show a lot of depth for drama. Still, the idea seems solid and suspenseful, and the director has a long list of Danish thrillers behind him (none of which I’ve seen, though). It doesn’t look straight bad, but I’m not going to expect much.
Northmen: A Viking Saga
A band of Vikings find themselves behind enemy lines and a panicked race to reach their homeland begins.
Does it look good? Eh, maybe. Listen, Vikings is a great television show. If you aren’t watching it, you should. This, though, looks to be mimicking it to a startling degree, and then adding a sheen of cheap CW style action and generic, model looking actors. It’s interesting to me that we’ve reached a point where a television series looks to have far more production value than a movie with the same concepts, but here we are.
A man struggling with his faith is haunted by the sins of his past as he is suddenly thrust into the role of defending humanity from the gathering forces of darkness.
Does it look good? It does. I’m not terribly aware of the Hellblazer comics or the Constantine character (the ’05 Keanu Reeves movie was my first exposure to the character), but I do like the idea of the wandering, snarky, vaguely asshole-ish exorcist for hire. The show looks like it won’t be bringing much to the style of the demonic, just the standard blurry television horror visuals we seen before, but I wouldn’t expect much more out of a new show. This will mostly hinge on our main actor; if he can pull off the charismatic snark without crossing over into annoying or obnoxious, then we should be in good shape, at least for a while.
An astronaut returns home from a year long solo mission in space must face a series of mysterious occurrences revolving around her.
Does it look good? Certainly does. This looks like harder sci-fi than we’re used to getting on TV. Most shows like to skirt their sci-fi, presenting the concepts but then reverting into familiar television plots and arcs. This, though, looks like it might revel in its Sci-Fi concepts. Its got alien first contact, unexplainable pregnancies, artificial intelligence (which plays a bit reminiscent of Spielberg’s A.I.), and lots of gadgetry. And it looks like it wants to actually discuss some of these topics, too, not just use them as devices, which is nice.
A brave prince quests for revenge against the King who stole his one true love.
Does it look good? Oh god, no. As I first started watching this, I thought that this was just something for the Once Upon A Time crowd, if a bit sillier; not my thing, but certainly not something I can disparage. Then the singing started. Oh dear lord, did the singing start. So now, I think this is for the Once Upon A Time / Glee crossover crowd, which I can’t imagine is all that big. Or maybe fans of musical theater will be into this? It just seems like too many niches they’ve shoved it in; cartoony, medieval setting, fantasy plot, showtune musical numbers… none of those combinations inspire much confidence. Who knows though, maybe all those Wicked fans will swoop in and prove me wrong.
An investigator races against time to defeat an unseen enemy determined to destroy the world using the Earth’s most precious resource, children.
Does it look good? Possibly; I’m cautiously optimistic. The mystery hook is suitably creepy: aliens using kids as weapons. Exactly how much they will be able to do with that hook remains to be seen, and it does look like it could easily devolve into a “case/kid of the week” style drama. Plus, it does look like it might be delving into a much larger aspect of this story, with some sort of massive conspiracy investigation on a far larger scale than the main characters personal investigations, which is actually far more interesting to me.
That’s it for this week. Let me know in the comments which of these you’re most excited about, and which ones you want nothing to do with.
Until next week!