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October 2022 Trailers 01 November 2022

Some trailers I've seen recently, and my thoughts on them. (Links are to youtube. Opinions are thoroughly personal. Calibration: I want a trailer to tell me what's different about this film; the marketers want it to tell me why it's like all the others…)

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: seems to be doing a reasonable job of not just painting Black on generic superheroes.

Emancipation (Teaser): could work well, though Fuqua is often a bit style-over-substance for my taste.

Shotgun Wedding: the setup irks me: I don't care what happens to these people, go criminals. Though maybe the leads can salvage something from it.

The Wonder: why do I want to see this? What's the point of appeal?

Next Exit: if it can resist the attractor that's generic horror, this might actually be enjoyable.

Violent Night: against all my expectations, this might actually work.

Causeway: so are we Learning an Important Lesson here?

Run Sweetheart Run: Shub-Niggurath defend us, it's The Most Dangerous Game all over again.

Slumberland: OK, Jason Momoa wants to bethe new Rock, the big friendly quirky guy? Fair enough I suppose.

The Super Mario Bros Film (Teaser): guys, it's just a video game. There is no underlying lore. Especially there isn't an Ordinary Guy Just Like You Dear Viewer going on a hero's journey.

Astro - Stargazer: Astroscope: clearly aimed at people who aren't me.

One Piece Film: Red: well, this too. I watched a bit of the anime back in the day, but it didn't grab me in spite of the theme.

Wendell & Wild: visually it's awfully generic kidvid. There may be something to it; it would be nice to think that Peele hasn't simply sold out. But I can't tell from the trailer.

Women Talking: the title is a parody of an Art Film title. Heavy-handed colour grading. Sarah Polley is competent, though, and it's a solid cast, so maybe it'll work.

M3gan: because it's James Wan and Blumhouse, any interesting ideas will be squished under Generic Horror, because that's all they do.

Spirited (Teaser): parodies of men getting in touch with their feelings, which just makes the real thing harder. With two of my least favourite actors.

Paradise City: another actioner from Old Bruce and Geezervision. Looks just like all the others.

On the Line: and talking of Geezervision… recycled plots, recycled actors.

Poker Face: manly men being terribly manly.

Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical: this was a very popular book when I was of an age for it, but for whatever reason I never read it. So I don't have the nostalgia that might get me over some truly terrible performances, even based on just what we see here.

There There: depends on the performances at greater length, I think. If it's all little gag stuff like this, no thanks; if they just picked the gags for the trailer and the film has actual personalities, could be fun.

House Party: I can sort of see what they're getting at, but this stinks of Comedy Shenanigans.

A Christmas Story Christmas (Teaser): I'm meant to know what this is about, aren't I?

Creed III: if you want to get me on side (which the trailer editor doesn't, fair enough) I need to know something about this guy other than "he's a good boxer". So's the other guy. Why do I want this one to win? This does a better job than many boxing-film trailers, but there's a long way to go…

The People We Hate at the Wedding: but I hate all these people.

A Man Called Otto: grumpy old white man Learns To Have A Heart: the movie. The idea that he might, in fact, have been happy before is obviously impossible, not even worth considering.

Jesus Revolution: may indeed be "based on" a true story, but my word it feels like a great steaming heap of cliché.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania: presumably, like all these things, it's more engaging if you've seen all the previous ones.

The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special: ditto. The target audience only knows the Star Wars Holiday Special, or Holiday Specials at all, because they've been told about them by other people.

The Son: gosh, the poor men have such problems doing all the work and making all the decisions, and women are just there to be fun-police and weep on their shoulders.

Plane: yeah yeah OK, so why do I want to watch this rather than Ghosts of Mars again?

Taurus: meh. Poor little rich kid.

The Quintessential Quintuplets Movie: why even bother to trail this to people who haven't seen the series, read the manga, whatever?

The Pale Blue Eye (Teaser): good cast, but what are you going to do with them?

Savage Salvation: bored with paternalistic torture cops, bored with wives fridged to enable male revenge stories.

  1. Posted by Ashley R Pollard at 03:53pm on 01 November 2022

    They nailed the music for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. At least, nailed it for me. The Ant-Man movies have been fun, and this looks like more of the same fun.

    I don't ask for more from an MCU movie. They're not deep, or clever, just bigger than a big thing that explodes onto the screen that delights in being over the top.

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