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February 2021 Trailers 04 March 2021

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

Cosmic Sin: no, this isn't Breach retitled, it's a different SF film in which Bruce Willis is the Last Real Man. Very pretty, but even the look is desperately derivative.

The Truffle Hunters: this is trying really hard, in everything from the film stock to the titles, to look like a 1970s documentary. Why?

Phobias: huh. Manages to make its subject matter look entirely uninteresting.

Old: thesis: since everyone else gave up on him in 2014, Shyamalan has found his niche with audiences who want to see women suffer and aren't too picky about the storytelling.

The World To Come: seems oddly muted, though I suppose that may be deliberate.

Insight: all right, so there's lots of violence in this film. But this is barely a trailer.

Zack Snyder's Justice League: presumably there are people out there who actually want this, or HBO wouldn't be paying for it to be made. But to me it's a bunch of characters who haven't had much new to say for the last fifty years, being dug up to go through their standard evolutions one more time, only this time DARKER and EDGIER 'cos I was fifteen once. (Which really isn't the way the market has been going in the last couple of years, but…)

Cruella: ho hum, rehabilitate the villain again (and is "people were mean to her" really meant to be justification for her actions?). Suicide Squad made lots of money and here's a property that we don't have to pay any royalties on.

Enforcement: the usual rough men rubbish, turned into the Anabasis.

The Resonator - Miskatonic U: Full Moon isn't exactly the company I'd choose for subtle horror; this may be amusing but it's unlikely to be terrible Lovecraftian.

Doors: interesting idea, but will it be SF as it promises or just decay into "we can't understand it" horror? Potentially worth a look.

Mortal Kombat: might be interesting to people who are fans of the games. Lots of blood, yay. But when you take these powers out of the arena, they just look like cut-price superheroes.

Long Weekend: she even has the Standard Manic Pixie Dream Girl Haircut.

Army Of The Dead (Teaser): yup, that has the Zack Snyder look all right, complete with the gratuitous reminders/ripoffs of other better films. Where's the fun?

Luca (Teaser): I suppose it may have some appeal to its intended audience, but this looks like a painful melding of the kidvid-o-mat with a serious story.

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