I take a couple of weeks off and suddenly all the new trailers break for cover, scampering around in the open and making easy pickings for an apex trailer predator like me. Here’s the best of my hunting trophies from this week’s prey.
ALL TRAILERS HAVE BEEN CUED UP TO SKIP THAT STUPID PRE-TRAILER TRAILER BIT.
Peppermint (UK Release Date: 21 September 2018)
Batmom Begins! Sydney Bristow is all grown up in this slick-looking action thriller. There have been innumerable tales of fathers and husbands who, having lost their wife and children, set out on a blood-soaked quest for vengeance but everyone knows that you never get between a mother and her young. We know Jennifer Garner has the action hero chops to pull this off and, in the hands of “Taken” director Pierre Morel, this has the makings of a decent action thriller as soccer-mom turned master assassin takes on the drug cartels and the corrupt system that keeps them in business.
Bumblebee (UK Release Date: 26 December 2018)
I know I spent many a Christmas as a young owlet wishing for a Transformer for Christmas and this year it looks like I’ll get exactly what I’ve been wishing for as “Bumblebee” rolls out into cinemas bursting with Gen 1 goodness. The redesigned characters, particularly Starscream and Bumblebee finally look like their cartoon counterparts and, most importantly of all, transform that way too. With Bayformers hopefully consigned to the scrapyard of movie history, things are looking up for this beaten down franchise. With a likeable lead in Hailee Steinfeld, if the movie can deliver on the early promise of this trailer, it could be the greatest franchise resurrection since Vin Diesel smelled what The Rock was cooking.
(mainly because of Starscream)
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (UK Release Date: 08 February 2019)
Although the Lego movies have been on a steady downward path since the original Lego Movie, there’s reason to hope that returning to the franchise’s roots can halt the decline and reverse course. Dipping back into WB’s enviable back catalogue and riffing hard on “Mad Max”, all our favourites from the first film look to be back it remains to be seen whether the film will contain its meta framework of real-world Will Ferrel-ness and, if so, how they’ll incorporate it into the story this time. Fingers crossed we’re looking at at least another “Lego Batman” rather than a “Lego Ninjago Movie” again. Those sewer-babies, though! 😍
Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (UK Release Date: 30 November 2018)
One third of the reason why Disney couldn’t release “Solo” in the now-traditional Christmas Star Wars slot, Wreck-It Ralph finally makes his way back on to the big screen as the House of Mouse decides, apparently, to change its usual policy of adapting animated films into live action by giving us, perhaps too soon, an animated remake of “Ready Player One”. Although there’s liable to be plenty of laughs, thanks to the inclusion of Disney Princesses, Star Wars and Marvel alongside the other pop culture references, this one runs the risk of being a gigantic Disneyian circle jerk of self-congratulation. The first film left a pleasing legacy of a new animated world and characters. Here’s hoping the sequel doesn’t wreck it.
Suspiria (UK Release Date: November 2018)
One for Superb Owl to watch through my feathers, I have to admit I’ve not yet seen the original, but the chat amongst the other nocturnal predators is that this trailer is pretty encouraging, especially for a remake of a hallowed original. Definitely creepy and more than enough to get me to check out the original in preparation for this one.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (UK Release Date: 14 December 2018)
There’s always a tendency to eye-roll whenever Sony try to launch something Spider-Man related that’s not under the strict supervision of Disney but this visually dazzling, unique-looking animated offering looks like it might actually be worthwhile. With a voice-cast to die for and telling the parallel universe-hopping story of the Spider-Verse, this may prove too dense for the mainstream audience but it will absolutely be lapped up by comic book and animation fans.
Mortal Engines (UK Release Date: 14 December 2018)
Pitted directly against “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse”, this young adult fantasy is a would-be franchise starter adapting Philip Reeve’s ‘Mortal Engines’ tetralogy. While its ‘giant cities on wheels’ concept may take a bit of getting used to, this is a film I’m excited to see and fearful of it falling foul of audience disinterest/ confusion, like “The Golden Compass” did. The full story of the books is so much bigger and better than the ‘Mad Max with cities instead of cars’ it may superficially look like so keep your talons crossed this one does well enough for the movies to continue.
How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (UK Release Date: 01 February 2019)
It’s been too long since we last saw Toothless, Hiccup and the rest of our Berk friends and we’ll need to wait until next year for the Viking saga to draw to a close. With the series always promising to explain why there are no longer any dragons, it’s probably a case of tissues at the ready because you just know the ending of this trilogy is going to be bittersweet at best.
The Girl In The Spider’s Web (UK Release Date: 09 November 2018)
Another adaptation, another Lisabeth Salander as perennial franchise fucker-uppers Sony press ahead with the Steig Larsson adaptation almost nobody was asking for. Out go David Fincher, Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig and in come Fede Álvarez, Claire Foy and Sverrir Gudnason while the story skips the popular second ang third chapters of the trilogy in favour of the fourth, posthumously published entry written by David Lagercrantz. Sony has a sterling track record of uneccessarily rebooting films with the word ‘spider’ in the title so, no offence to director and cast, I’m sure this’ll go swimmingly.
Halloween (UK Release Date: 19 October 2018)
This requel to the original discards all the previous sequels, including the previous sequels which also discarded some of their predecessors to bring us a timeline that’s in so many shreds you’d think Michael Myers himself had donned his Shatner mask once more to hack and slash it to bits. Still, Jamie Lee Curtis is back as Laurie Strode and Nick Castle is back as Michael Myers and John Carpenter is happy to executive produce and score this new film, so I think it’s fair for hopes to be high. Who knows, maybe we’ll even be treated to a “Rogue One”-style appearance by Donald Pleasance? That’s a trick that would be a real treat.
And those are the trailers worth giving a hoot about this week.