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October 2017 Trailers 26 October 2017

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

The Exchange: yeah, but has the basic problem that the female character is the one who's actually interesting, and yet the film wants us to care about the boy.

Star Wars - The Last Jedi: it may be perverse of me, but the thing I dislike most about this trailer is what they've done to the Imperial March. Apart from that, fairly decent bloodless beat-'em-up action with cod philosophy attached, and the same old mistakes being made.

Thoroughbreds (Teaser): as usual for a teaser it only gives a rough idea of what's going on, but so far it looks like another attempt at modern noir without any soul.

Blockers: useless pathetic parents spy on their children instead of talking with them, and try to interfere with their lives, and this is funny.

My Blind Date With Life: well, as least it's a different sort of comedy, but still not likely to be my thing.

The New Mutants: I remember not being excited by these guys the first time round. If I didn't know it was about superheroes I'd think it was just more generic jump-scare horror.

Black Panther: this is what it takes to have a black protagonist in a superhero film: a film that's all about an experience of blackness that's entirely unrelated to real life. I suppose it's better than no black protagonist at all. And black villains too, of course, because we couldn't have any suggestion of a race war.

12 Strong: more dick- and flag-waving unquestioning patriotism from Bruckheimer. Not only has he done better before, he's done this better.

Acrimony: pretty boys will do you wrong and break your heart. And if you try to change that, you're the villain. Even with Tyler Perry's involvement this might actually be trying to say something original.

French Waves: a laudatory history of techno. (Only a tiny subset of "electronic music", says the bitter old Tangerine Dream fan.)

Jim & Andy The Great Beyond: if you were fascinated by Man on the Moon, here's the next chapter.

Blue Planet II: does what a trailer should, lets the flm speak foritself.

The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards: broken people can find happiness, apparently. But somehow it doesn't grab me.

Journey's End: yes, in case you were waiting for the news, war is still hell. But now with young and pretty actors.

Phantom Thread: Daniel Day-Lewis plays as Christopher Lee. Might work even so; there's solid acting here.


  1. Posted by Michael Cule at 12:38pm on 26 October 2017

    I played the Sergeant in JOURNEY'S END back in the day. (The day being the 1980s and the place being Bromley.) Why in the name of St Genesius is anyone remaking it now?

  2. Posted by Dr Bob at 01:33pm on 26 October 2017

    I am slightly worried that the Imperial At Ats in the Last Jedi trailer appear to be knuckle walking. Bet you a fiver that they do a 'surprise' manoeuvre and climb up cliffs/buildings! (Not that I have any intention of watching the movie, given how much I hated Force Awakens).

  3. Posted by Phil Masters at 07:29am on 02 November 2017

    Journey’s End is, I think, considered a (minor) classic, and part of the canon. (I Did It in the fifth form at school.) Hence, it’ll be produced again, periodically, on stage or screen, whether as a period piece and part of history or because someone thinks the messages need repeating.

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