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January 2018 Trailers 01 February 2018

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

Beast of Burden: no, of course everything's not going to be OK. Why do we care about this guy? The film may establish it, but the trailer doesn't bother. Yet another unlikeable role for Daniel Radcliffe, who seems to have made a speciality of them after Harry Potter.

Leaning Into The Wind: not usually my sort of thing, but this manages to make itself look genuinely interesting.

Tomb Raider (trailer 2): meh, "I want to find my dad" is about the most boring motivation they could have picked. Great shot with the plane over the waterfall, but the rest has nothing to say to me.

The Cured: smells of careful setup to make the Author's Point.

I Kill Giants: seems like a pretty heavy-handed Child With Problems Story, and the cast aren't particularly appealing.

Submergence: very pretty, though clearly hacked out of order to go with the narration. Might be worth a look if the film itself actually has a narrative sequence to it.

Unsane: pushes the easy buttons to try to get rewards it hasn't earned.

When We First Met: starts off with the evil myth of the Friend Zone, but with a horribly unappealing lead whom we're supposed to hope gets the girl, because that's what time travel is for.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: does at least seem to be trying to answer the huge unresolved question of the first film ("why the hell didn't the scientist's competent daughter get to try out the shrinking gizmo and battlesuit, rather than J. Random Schlub").

Hereditary: drowning in Significance and Symbolism, and easy scares.

Mute: feels like an overblown gimmick on a generic nasty criminals plot, but Duncan Jones gets it a second look.

  1. Posted by Ashley R Pollard at 01:23pm on 01 February 2018

    Perhaps Daniel Radcliffe is following in the footsteps of Elijah Wood who took on edgy roles to counter his nice persona from playing Frodo.

  2. Posted by Dr Bob at 02:38pm on 03 February 2018

    I've read the book of Cold Skin. It was a great deal more creepy Cthuloid madness and sexual jealousy (over the blue woman) than that trailer makes out. Though I suppose you could view the trailer as what a CoC adventure turns into when your PCs own their own bodyweight in shotgun shells and explosives...?

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