Better late than never, eh trailer fans? Apologies for missing our usual Friday appointment to pick over the week’s offerings, I was busy with the Owlets. Anyway, no use crying over missed mice – on with the picks and peeks which ruffled feathers this week (and a bit)!
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald (UK Release Date: 16 November 2018)
There was no way I wouldn’t have my interest piqued by another instalment of the Harry Potter universe, Hollywood’s premiere Owl-positive franchise. “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” may have underwhelmed as J K Rowling got to grips with the complexity of writing a screenplay as opposed to a novel but hopefully second time’s the charm for this fledgling franchise offshoot and the promise of a return to familiar locations along with some familiar faces may make up for the faltering first film.
Christopher Robin (UK Release Date: 17 August 2018)
Disney’s live-action raiding of its back catalogue continues unabated as the House of Mouse returns to the hundred acre wood to bring us what seems to be a “Hook”-like spin on the beloved tales of Winnie The Pooh as a now-grown Christopher Robin reunites with his childhood friend. Either that or its a hard-hitting medical drama about a man who suffers a breakdown due to stress at work and starts hallucinating. Maybe it’s both. Anyway, no word on whether my good friend Owl is in this or if it’s just the bear but if this is anywhere near as heartwarming as it appears to be, “Paddington” will be given a run for his money.
Mary Poppins Returns (UK Release Date: 21 December 2018)
Perennial umbrella flying hazard Mary Poppins is back this year too, raising the faint hope of a shared childcare universe crossover with Nanny McPhee. Heavy on iconography but light on plot detail, we get glimpses of our new Bert the Chimney Sweep and Ms Poppins herself as Emily Blunt lights up the screen. Can it capture the timeless magic of the original or will the temptation to add more sugar spoil the medicine this time around? In any event, we’d all better brace ourselves for all the punds sub-editors are already furiously trying to work around the word ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’.
The Grinch (UK Release Date: 9 November 2018)
It may be hard to see why, between the 1966 Chuck Jones TV special and the 2000 Ron Howard-directed, Jim Carrey-starring movie we need a new movie about The Grinch but unnecessariness has never stopped Illumination Studios before. Benedict Cumberbatch’s involvement knocks interest up a notch and, while the animation might be a little too cutesy to do Dr Seuss real justice, the trailer shows that its unwise to bet against the Minion-makers when it comes to sly animated slapstick.
That’s all for this time so until more new trailers hit, Owl be seeing you!