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February-March 2017 Trailers 13 March 2017

Some trailers I've seen recently, and my thoughts on them. (Links are to youtube. Opinions are thoroughly personal.)

Spark - A Space Tail: OK, could someone who knows American accents and speech patterns tell me what it is the narrator is using here? Because that's exactly the vocal style that hacks me off and causes me not to enjoy American animation even when it's otherwise well-made. Otherwise, eh, generic kidvid.

Alien - Covenant: and weirdly this one seems less interesting than the last, because it's mostly generic aliens-eating-people action rather than how the humans react to it.

The Sense of an Ending: interesting filming style, and Broadbent is usually solid, but it's based on a Booker winner and being advertised as such, which means it will inevitably be a deliberately slightly confused plot so that the audience can feel clever for working out what's going on.

The Dinner: horrible people at a horrible place doing their pathetic best to destroy each other's lives. Where's the subtlety?

War Machine (Teaser): can't get much about it from this, except "modern war film that wants you to know it has a sense of humour".

Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Men Tell No Tales: and, unlike the teasers I've seen before, this is a trailer that actually makes the film look interesting. It has a plot! Who'd have guessed?

Sand Castle: war is not healthy for soldiers, or other living things. Anything beyond that? Hard to tell.

The Assignment: so why do I care about this hitman protagonist? That's the fundamental question here, and it's one the trailer completely fails to answer.

No Culpes al Karma: VerĂ³nica Echegui is appealing, but the film looks as if it's trying to be hackneyed and derivative. Maybe this sort of story is more unusual in Spain than it is here.

Geostorm: good old-fashioned global disaster crap. This will work exactly to the extent that they don't try to make us care about the characters; sadly, Devlin has a record of overdoing the character stuff. Possibly this is his much-delayed reaction to former working partner Emmerich's The Day After Tomorrow?

Naked: tediously generic embarrassment humour. So what?

Rough Night: women get drunk and behave badly, and accidentally kill someone. Ha ha ha ha ha.

The Commune: a promising start, but unconventional living turns out to be a bad idea and you shouldn't have risked it, conventional suburban audience.

Buster's Mal Heart: Rami Malek (mostly seen in Mr Robot) fails to stretch himself, or so it would seem from this. The surreality might be good; hard to tell.

Seoul Station: shame it's a prequel to a story which really didn't need one, but the animation is medium decent and this might well be worth watching.

Win It All: really really really stupid person is, well, I just said what he is. He made his own troubles knowing exactly what he was doing, so why should I care whether or how he gets out of them?

SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra Of Rock: could be interesting, if he can stay interesting, but can he keep it up for the full duration or is this the best bits?

Bright (Teaser): Will Smith doesn't have the best record with science fiction.

The Most Hated Woman in America: perhaps more timely now than when it happened: police are just more thugs unless they also protect people they don't happen to like.

Atomic Blonde: in anime they call this shit "fanservice". (And all those stairs and it takes so long for someone to get thrown down them!) But is this just a remake of Haywire with a higher-paid star and more skin on show, or does it have something different to say?

Salt and Fire: Looks great (of course it does with Herzog in charge) but will it remember to be a good film as well as just a series of stunning images?

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