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February 2020 Trailers 01 March 2020

Some trailers I've seen recently, and my thoughts on them. (Links are to youtube. Opinions are thoroughly personal. Calibration: Hatreds are the cinders of affection.)

Fast and Furious 9: if this were animation I might enjoy it. Doing this stuff with actual human bodies just triggers something in me that says this is wrong, people don't bounce like that.

For Life: as a film it would be too short to do justice to the subject matter, but I might enjoy it. As a series pitch it doesn't grab me.

Radioactive: perhaps a bit too "visionary" to be a proper biography (and curing cancer really wasn't on anyone's list of goals when so many other things killed so many more people), but as a sort of Marie Curie Greatest Hits it might work.

Minions - The Rise of Gru: I loved the first film, but for me the magic vanished with the second. Meh.

Spiral (Teaser): The police story might be interesting, the horror story absolutely not.

Resistance: Maybe? Has some potential, anyway, even if I find Eisenberg's face very distracting from any role he plays.

Slay the Dragon: so you managed to make gerrymandering illegal in one state. Yes, good news, but it seems like such a tiny victory…

The Iron Mask: By all accounts, not only is this fairly rubbish, you've seen most of the Schwarzenegger and Chan bits right here in this trailer.

The French Dispatch: looks more self-indulgent than enjoyable, but I know people who will probably like it.

Cut Throat City: doesn't appeal to me, with the too-conventional plot against the interesting backdrop, but it might work. Certainly a solid cast.

The Green Knight: I have strong feelings about the story… and I don't see very much of the story here.

Vivarium: now that's how horror should work, not jump scare nonsense but actual gut-deep terror. Pity it's Eisenberg, whom I can't take seriously.

Dream Horse: not really my thing, but looks nicely done, particularly by Collette.

Run: hmm, might work; the trailer tries to make it look like conventionally boring horror, but doesn't quite succeed.

Blithe Spirit: not a play I love, but the adaptation looks good.

Rumble: might be fun, but there's nothing here to pull me in.

Candyman: how tiresome can you get? I suppose it's 21 years since the last one oozed out into cinemas.

The High Note: will probably appeal to people who aren't me.

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