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January 2020 Trailers 01 February 2020

Some trailers I've seen recently, and my thoughts on them. (Links are to youtube. Opinions are thoroughly personal. Calibration: It was his love of hatred that kept him going.)

A Quiet Place Part II: I should probably watch the first one. Though I did get the impression that the first one had pretty much answered its questions; is this going to be flashback? Or are there more survivors than expected? Either way it looks like not just more of the same, which is good.

The Bravest: well, I enjoyed Bølgen, which similarly took the Western disaster film and transplanted it to a foreign culture. This doesn't seem like as much fun, though it may work even so.

The New Mutants: can we just have a ten year ban on superhero origin stories? Most of what this trailer has to say has been said better in Legion anyway.

Brahms - The Boy II: jump-scare horror, meh.

Morbius (Teaser): starts off well enough, then goes all superhero on me. Ah well. Worth watching the trailer, or at least listening to it, for the gratuitous music abuse..

Detective Chinatown 3: the farce is a bit broad but this has some potential.

Once Were Brothers - Robbie Robertson and The Band: there are films that tell you "here is interesting background information about a bunch of music you maybe don't know very well", and there are films that say "remember that music from back when the world was new and the girls were pretty". This looks like the second sort.

Peter Rabbit 2: comprehensively not the target market. (Though the biblical reference is mildly amusing.)

The Lovebirds: feels desperately forced; too contemporary to be funny.

Alex Rider: for me, this will rest on whether the lead can manage to generate sympathy, or just come over as a smug and self-satisfied teenager. On the basis of this trailer, I'm not at all convinced, but that's not what the trailer cares about. (After the 2006 film flopped, the only organisation that would take on this TV project was the production company run by the author's wife.)

Irresistible: this style of humour always feels off-key to me.

Holly Slept Over: white people problems.

Our Ladies: this should be hugely appealing to me, and it looks somewhat interesting, but it doesn't seem to have a spark. Which might just be the editing of the trailer.

Indebted: an actual real issue, and then horrible screechy sitcom people. I could barely watch to the end of the trailer, never mind an actual episode.

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