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May 2017 Trailers 25 May 2017

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

Girls Trip: yup, it's just the Hangover and Bridesmaids formula lightly modified: black women can have films about them behaving badly too! (Has anyone done the black men version of this, and did they get shot by the cops in the first five minutes?) If you're tempted by this, just remember that these are probably the best jokes.

The Forever Woods: decent CGI birds, otherwise looks like post-apocalyptic soap opera (or is it a fake apocalypse?).

Home Again: Alice is… infected by space bugs. No, that would be fun. Looks like something of a rehash/imitation of Trainwreck, but hey, might just possibly work. Maybe.

Kill Switch: "is it safe"? Of course it's not fscking safe, nobody tells stories about cheap clean energy if it's safe. With bonus FPS-style footage because that always goes over well.

Good Time: yeah, the American bail system is broken in a number of interesting and easily fixed ways, but is that your point or just backdrop to amateurish heist antics? Can't tell from this.

Fear Inc.: "yeah, paying total strangers to scare me and my friends without getting my friends' consent, that sounds like a really great idea": our sympathetic protagonist, ladies and gentlemen. Plus generic scares.

Message From a Mistress: anything other than absolutely rigid monogamy is TOTALLY UNSUSTAINABLE and IT WILL KILL YOU. (Also known as the CSI meme.) Probably better never be alone with a member of the opposite sex, just to be on the safe side. Or a member of the same sex for that matter.

Okja: a girl and her gengineered mutant hippo-pig. Given Snowpiercer, this will probably be distinctly less good at sending its Big Important Message than the director thinks it is, but could be worth seeing nonetheless.

The Glass Castle: this is going to be hard work, but even through the polish added by the trailer it looks as though it might be that rare thing, a serious important film that I actually appreciate. Great cast, too.

From the Land of the Moon: Cotillard does Cotillard as brilliantly as always, but the underlying story looks awfully trite.

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