The Trailer Report – 5/30/14

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 aging actresses, retired commandos, apocalyptic trains, and a good deal of tripping out.

Let’s get started:



The Book of Life

A young man embarks on an incredible adventure to return to his love that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears

Does it look good? Sort of. I’m torn on this one. On the one hand, the visuals and animation look amazing. The style reminds me quite of Little Big Planet, actually, and that game even had a day of the dead section that featured a lot of these same concepts. It all looks pretty great. On the other hand, it also looks pretty damn goofy. It looks like its tone is rooted squarely in kid’s movie territory, with dumb jokes and silly, annoying characters. I could be wrong, but I might end up wanting to watch this one with the audio off.


Clouds of Sils Maria

A star is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years ago, throwing her into a tumultuous relationship with a younger actress.

Does it look good? Eh. I thought this might be going in a psycho-sexual thriller direction at some point in the trailer, but it seems fairly rooted in drama, which is a shame, because having the lead actress start to lose it seems like the only way this story will be entertaining. Instead, I expect we’ll get a number of involved conversations about the nature of growing older as a woman. These kinds of conversations may strike a chord with some, but I am certainly not in that demographic.


The Congress

An aging, out-of-work actress accepts one last job, though the consequences of her decision affect her in ways she didn’t consider.

Does it look good? Could be. This is certainly the weirdest entry we’ve had on here in a few weeks. This one features yet another focus on the concept of an aging actress, except this one seems to take a distinctly trippy sci-fi turn, with an attempt to scan her brain sending her into some kind of fantastical, partially animated wonderland. Movies featuring head trips like this are usually at least visually interesting, and this one seems no different, the animation and wacky visuals all seems captivating. We’ll just have to wait and see how much sense it all makes, as this trailer doesn’t give us much to go on in that department.


The Equalizer

A former black ops commando comes out of his retirement to rescue a young girl and finds himself face to face with Russian gangsters.

Does it look good? Sure does. Sure, the plot seems super generic, with an aging bad-ass taking on one last mission to rescue a young girl. It even seems suspiciously close to one of Denzel Washingtons own movies (Man on Fire). But then, it is Denzel, and he’s doing his ultra-charismatic bad-ass thing again, and I can’t ever turn that down. This also looks to be chock full of creative and gruesome death and destruction cause by our hero. All in all, it just looks like a hell of a good time.



In a future devoid of all life except for the lucky few that boarded a train traveling around the globe, a class war erupts.

Does it look good? Definitely. This movie has had a hard road making it to the states, as its original, very long version kept getting cut down by distributors to make it more of an action movie. I’m not entirely sure how much of the original version we’ll be getting here, but it certainly looks compelling. The idea of condensing class conflict into a tiny space is fascinating, as it is usually such a sprawling, amorphous concept. My only real fear for the film is that it might get a bit preachy or didactic depending on how political it wants to be about it. Still, it looks like it has the makeup to be an exciting, smart chunk of science fiction.


This Is Where I Leave You

When their father passes away, four grown siblings are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week.

Does it look good? Sure, I suppose. I’m certainly a fan of both Jason Bateman and Tina Fey, and this does look pretty funny, but I can’t help but feel like I’ve seen this before, a whole bunch of times, in fact. These sort of comedian led dramedies have come to be so incredibly formulaic that even from these two minutes I can probably tell you the whole plot of the movie. That said, this is a solid, likable cast, so maybe just watching them will be enough to overcome the overwhelming feeling of déjà vu.

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 steering clear of.

Until next week!