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December 2021 Trailers 05 January 2022

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

Studio 666 (Teaser): wow, a teaser that pretty much explains all the important stuff in the film.

Spider-Man - Across the Spider-Verse (Part One): yeah, very pretty. Script? We'll see.

The Requin: feels very contrived.

Operation Fortune - Ruse de guerre: Jason, plus some other people who aren't Jason. OK. I guess. Grunt quip shoot.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2: great big meh.

Fantastic Beasts - The Secrets of Dumbledore: people who like this sort of thing ("more stories from the world I already love") will like this. To me it looks all too like all the other trailers for modern big-budget superhero or fantasy or scifi films, but then I ask a trailer "why is this film different" rather than "is this more of the same old glurge that I know I like".

Italian Studies: an interesting performance but will it make a compelling narrative? Hard to do right. Worth keeping an eye on, I think.

Everything Everywhere All At Once: has some promise, for me depending really on how far it goes beyond the admittedly impressive spectacle here. (I.e. does she get a personality too?)

Home Team: maybe the film will manage to generate some sympathy with a sports coach, a type of person I tend to regard as my natural enemy. Plus grossout comedy, har har har.

The Bad Guys: antimation-o-matic plus one vaguely original idea, then turn the handle and it all comes out.

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (Teaser): presumably has some appeal to people other than me.

American Siege: oh Bruce, yet another of your recent films which looks just like all the others. Did you film them all on the same weekend?

Big Gold Brick: holy fool shakes up family, har har.

Clean: the first half looked vaguely interesting, then it turned into Generic Action Movie.

You Won't Be Alone: looks pretty. Maybe it will have something to say.

The Lost City: there might be some fun here, but it feels very forced.

I Want You Back: well, I suppose it gets credit for trying to put a new spin on tired old romcom tropes. I'm not at all sure that is succeeds.

The Northman: looks like post-Game of Thrones mud and blood and lust. It might work, and I like the cast, but it doesn't seem here to have much to say.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Teaser): well, it's a teaser. Cumberbatch looks brooding, special effects happen, sometimes at the same time; my enthusiasm is not particularly engaged, but they don't aim these things at me anyway.

The Batman - The Bat and The Cat: endless retreads of characters that have long since had said about them anything that was worth saying. Yay.

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