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January 2023 Trailers 01 February 2023

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…)

Kompromat: might work better if it were set in a country the audience regards as civilised rather than the Enemy Russia, but it looks as if it's going to go over to the easy action option anyway.

Evil Dead Rise (Red Band): doesn't seem to have anything to offer that isn't in every other modern horror film.

Gran Turismo (Sneak Peek): that whole "exclusively in theatres" thing (a) won't be true for long anyway, because nobody's going to give up that sweet home market money, and (b) will get people killed. So making it the plank of the advertising suggests a contempt for the audience which is… pretty typical of big-money filmmakers, actually.

Renfield: yeah, has a lot of potential, mostly for the inevitable Cage Rage.

You People: I don't do comedy of embarrassment, and that seems to be the basic thing that's going on here.

Baby Ruby: I do get a certain feeling of "you should be a full-time mother, you horrible evil woman who wants to have a life as well" but there might be something to this even so.

Beau is Afraid: useless horrible people are useless and horrible, and it's all played for laughs.

Consecration: creepy nunsploitation, woo.

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.: I guess? I mean, idiot fundies are still trying to deny the existence of the book, so that's a point in its favour, and of course I'm not at all the target audience – but I wonder whether making it contemporary might reach that audience better.

Sharper: lots of horrible people, one of them played by the always-good Julianne Moore. Is she enough?

Somebody I Used to Know: again, Alison Brie is always worth watching, but…

Your Place Or Mine: the romcom feels forced. If they can't communicate, how am I meant to believe in them as a couple?

Marlowe: "based on the character". Uh-huh. Marlowe was never a geezer. He was a tough guy with honour. You make him Generic Angry Liam Neeson, all that's left is unconvincing violence.

Polite Society: I think there might be something here for me. Visually stylish too, that cartwheel in the green dress…

Scream VI: there aren't even words to describe how uninterested I am in this film.

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves: OK so you're not going to get great actors for a thing like this, but could you at least get some actors who can deliver a line as though they mean it? Or just stop pretending anything matters except the CGI-fest.

We Have a Ghost: Starts like the very bog-standard Amityville clone that, sadly, is still being made, but it looks as though it's trying to go somewhere a bit more interesting. Well, good!

Murder Mystery 2: haven't seen, or even heard of, the first one. Looks as though it's trying to cash in on the whole Glass Onion hype, but I just don't like or care about these people.

The Boogeyman: generic horror is generic. (I assume at some point we'll get the bit where all the lights start to fade.)

  1. Posted by David Pulver at 09:58am on 04 February 2023

    Thanks. Polite Society does indeed look interesting.

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