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March 2020 Trailers 01 April 2020

Some trailers I've seen recently, and my thoughts on them. (Links are to youtube. Opinions are thoroughly personal. Calibration: Few people can be happy unless they hate some other person, nation, or creed.)

Blue Story (2020): a revolutionary communist would point out that setting the underclass against each other is exactly the point. And this isn't the level of conflict that interests me.

Artemis Fowl: all right, I've never been interested in Colfer as an author because I first came across him as the writer who took the money to extend the Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Yeah yeah, somebody would have done it. But he's the one who did. Meanwhile, this film has been in development for nearly twenty years and isn't directly based on one of the plots from the books, because we gotta have that all-important lost-father story…

Connected: sentimental family drama, or post-apocalyptic survival comedy? Why not both? Because everything will feel desperately squeezed, is why not. On the other hand Lord and Miller have done reasonable jobs before.

Antebellum: probably hard to watch, but looks very solid. If they can make the time-hopping actually part of the story, rather than mere narrative framing…

Greyhound: I've enjoyed some of Forester's WWII stories, but he doesn't half grim on at times. And I'm a bit bored with this long run of Tom Hanks playing perfect people.

Jungle Cruise: I'm also a bit bored with Dwayne Johnson showing up in everything that has a vaguely Rock-shaped part in it. I mean, sure, make the money while you're still marketable, but. Otherwise this doesn't seem to have much to say.

Soul: but not as little as this, which apparently creates a cosmology purely in order to subvert it.

The Willoughbys: meh, but I'm thoroughly not the target audience here.

Survive the Night: I've never seen a home-invasion story that I liked. Doesn't look as if this'll be the first.

Murder House Flip: OK, I don't usually do TV series trailers, but this was such obvious barrel-scraping that I couldn't resist.

(Also, I suspect TV series are all we're going to get for a while, with most film release dates being postponed indefinitely.)

  1. Posted by Ashley R Pollard at 12:40pm on 01 April 2020

    Actually just watched "Jungle Cruise" and was thinking this is just the right kind of silly for these troubled times, obviously YMMV.

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