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April 2023 Trailers 01 May 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…)

Blue Jean: probably a story that needs to be told, but for me this is an offputting way of telling it. Of course I'm neither a person who needs to be persuaded nor someone for whom it'll be personally meaningful.

Blue Beetle: apparently there are people who care about this? If the name means noting to you, as it does to me, this looks like remarkably generic loser makes good for no particular reason comedy.

Extraction 2 (Teaser): show me the bit that isn't generic fighty action, eh?

Hypnotic: so basically it's a supervillain vilm? Fair enough. Fichtner plays Christopher Walken so well that I thought it was Walken de-aged.

Live-Action Moana Announcement: Disney eats itself.

Marvel Studios’ Secret Invasion: if you have to put your brand name in the title, the title is too generic. Otherwise, well, I've got a lot of Marvel films to catch up on before I watch this.

Barbie: If anyone can make this worth watching, I guess Gerwig can, but with the heavy corporate hand I don't think there's much chance.

Kandahar: there is clearly an audience for this, but apparently it's not me.

Dalíland: is this the most interesting story to tell about Dali? Sukowa is always worth watching, Kingsley… not so much.

Migration (Announcement): well, that makes it very clear: another temporary child-anæsthetic from the studio that brought you…

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (Final): it would look quite fun if it didn't have this geezer in the middle.

Peter Pan & Wendy: there is nothing Great Ormond Street won't do for enough money.

Fool's Paradise: tee hee, mental patients are funny. Plus professional humour vortex Ken Jeong.

Talk to Me: apparently there is an inexhaustible appetite for generic jump-scare horror.

The Marvels (Teaser): add it to the stack of Marvel films I haven't seen yet.

The Mother: ooh, originality by changing one pronoun. "They kidnapped her daughter, and now they're going to pay." (Also, Lopez here doesn't have the build for that kind of physicality to look plausible.)

The Last Voyage of the Demeter: ooh, can we guess how it ends? Very Orlock.

Insidious: The Red Door: more jump-scare horror. I suppose to a connoisseur these wouldn't all look the same.

Reality (Teaser): I don't get much impression of the film from this, but I'll at least watch the main trailer when that arrives.

SISU: guess I'm just a sucker for Finnsploitation.

Robots: not really getting the comedy feels.

The Equalizer 3: Fuqua does what Fuqua does. Many people like it.

A Haunting in Venice (Teaser): don't mess with, call up and cannot put down, etc. I've seen a bunch of films that look very like this, and as usual I want to know why I should watch this one rather than one of the others.

Next Goal Wins: OK, so why am I supposed to care about this guy? Or is it just Sports Movie again? (My experience of sports coaches is that they are uniformly simple bullies who abuse any power they can get hold of to make up for their lack of success in sports and in life, but I suppose there may be some who aren't like that.)

Strange Way of Life: Western tropes are Western tropes even if Almodóvar does them.

The Wrath of Becky (Red Band): Yay, stone cold combat chick. Not at all convinced this goes anywhere.

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts: woo, bright moving colours. I mean, the computer graphics are pretty, but.

Wish (Teaser): generic Disneyvid looks like generic Disneyvid.

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: I've read the trilogy, but I wasn't asking for more. I've seen the first two films and haven't bothered to continue. I'm not the target market here.

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