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Trailer for The LEGO Batman Movie Released
I positively loved The Lego Movie. Every second of it. It was wall-to-wall laughter, action, and endless cameos in a way that was unique in its voice and tone, while also managing to appeal to people of every age. It is one of many genius comedies from what I can only assume is the hilarious shared brain of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, directors of the rejuvenated Jump Street franchise. And while Lord and Miller may have stepped aside from the first movie in the LEGO Movie franchise, The LEGO Batman Movie‘s trailer seems to be keeping with the comedic genius of the original while also mixing it with the characters we know and love from the world of Batman. The film will be directed by Chris McKay, who co-directed the animation on the original and is a veteran of Robot Chicken, and stars the voices of Will Arnett as Batman, Zach Galifianakis as the Joker, Michael Cera as Robin, Rosario Dawson as Barbara Gordon, and Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth. The trailer indicates a solid melding of the two cinematic franchises, along with giving a unique spin on the Batman character as someone at the center of a family. This is a side of Batman that we haven’t been able to see yet on the big screen since perhaps Batman & Robin in 1997. Even with The Batman on its way in 2018, my expectations for The LEGO Batman Movie are high enough that this certainly my more anticipated of the two.
La La Land Trailer Plus Wonder Woman and Wilson!
The official trailer for La La Land, my most anticipated film of the year, has finally arrived and it is glorious. Displaying the acting and charm from its two leads Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, as well as the dialogue one expects from Director Damien Chazelle and the lively musical numbers by Justin Hurwitz and lyricists Pasek and Paul, this one looks like a gamechanger. The film musical genre has become bogged down with familiar notes and mixed adaptations like Into the Woods and Les Miserables but the universal acclaim that La La Land has recieved so far seems to be a sign of something truly special, unqiue, and visionary. I’ll have a review up for it this Sunday night hopefully so keep an eye out for that. But in the meantime expect this film to open to huge box office numbers, continued acclaim, and plenty of awards come the end of the year. There’s no other way to put it: I am just plain excited for this movie.
But this isn’t the only film that’s coming out in the near future, in fact there’s a whole nother year of them coming next year! 2017 promises plenty of big-budget features and plenty of indie pictures to match them. One such film in the former category is Wonder Woman, the latest movie from the DC Cinematic Universe. Directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, this film will be the next try for DC to break its losing streak after three straight misses in Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Suicide Squad, the last of which I didn’t even give the benefit of the doubt to see. This trailer displays the solid style of Gadot’s Wonder Woman as well as the lovable side characters that Chris Pine and company will be playing, adding to the move toward light-hearted humor that DC may be moving toward to match Marvel’s success. The trailer looks good but I will remain eternally suspicious until the movie comes out as to whether I think that it’s good or not.
Finally, to place a film in the indie category is Wilson, a new Craig Johnson movie based off of Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel of the same name and starring Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern as an extrentric divorced couple searching for their long-lost daughter. Harrelson clearly has the main role in the film as an eccentric and lover of life and helps play into what seems like a pretty off-kilter film. The film was originally thought to be coming out sometime this year but was eventually planted in April 2017. The trailer is definitely funny and portrays a film with some humor that might take some getting used to, so it has my interest for sure.
A Week of Awesome Trailers!
The past week has produced some whoppers in the trailer world and here are the latest in case you may have missed them. The first and foremost is the one for Assassin’s Creed, which premiered yesterday and has already blown up around the Internet. Based on the popular, best-selling video game from Ubisoft and adapted to the big screen by Justin Kurzel, director of last year’s Macbeth, this film is seeking to shake off the bad run that movies based on video games have had. A slew of recent attempts from last year’s Hitman: Agent 47 and this year’s Warcraft, both of which were financially and critically unsuccessful. Assassin’s Creed has about as much pedigree for a video game movie as there’s ever been, including Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in the leading roles and Kurzel and his stellar cinematographer Adam Arkpaw, known for his Emmy Award-winning work on HBO’s True Detective.
And while trailers for The Boss Baby and USS Indianapolis promise to provide laughs, albeit in very different ways, the biggest trailer worth mentioning from today is the teaser for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. The original Guardians ranks as one of my top five Marvel movies ever, combining great characters, acting, writing, visual effects, and, of course, an amazing soundtrack. This trailer puts out a similar vibe to the original in terms of tone, especially with the comedy. Hopefully the music and the story won’t be just a rehash of the previous one, and considering Marvel’s current run with movie sequels like Civil War, this one could be another feather in Marvel’s blockbuster cap. Assassin’s Creed premiers this December 21st and Guardians Vol 2 premieres next year on May 5th, 2017.
In addition to Guardians and Assassin’s Creed, this week has also brought us both a trailer for the next X-Men movie, Logan, centered solely on Wolverine, as well as the final trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s much-anticipated Arrival. The trailer for Logan brings a lot in terms of action, character, and tone to the forefront, apparently taking the lessons and the monetary incentive from Deadpool to make an R-rated Wolverine movie. This is a solid choice considering the character’s R-rated nature in the comics, but the trailer came across with a messy and confused tone because of the choice of song, “Hurt” by Johnny Cash. Although on paper this may have seemed like a good idea, it doesn’t work well with the trailer. The final trailer for Arrival, however, intelligently doesn’t show nearly as much, especially compared to what we’ve seen in the previous trailer. Critics have continued to lavish praise on Arrival since its Venice premiere last month, for Amy Adams’ lead performance, the film’s direction, cinematography, and visual effects, and this will keep fans like yours truly anticipating till the film’s November 11th premiere. Logan premieres next year on March 3rd.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The most awaited trailer of the month may have just dropped, and Star Wars fans everywhere, including yours truly, are rejoicing. Rogue One, the first of the Star Wars anthology films, dropped its final trailer before its December 16th premiere. Rogue One will follow the ship and crew that captured the plans for the Death Star just prior to the beginning of the original Star Wars movie. Directed by Gareth Edwards, known for the 2010 indie Monsters and the 2014 Godzilla movie, this one promises to mix Star Wars with Saving Private Ryan for a sci-fi war film that seems very in-tune with the tone of The Empire Strikes Back. The film will star recent Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, a skillful criminal who joins the rebellion, as well as Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, and Forest Whitaker.
John Wick: Chapter 2
The first John Wick movie was an awesome, thrilling action movie that brought new life to the career of Keanu Reeves. Directed by veteran stuntmen Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, the action scenes were fast-paced, the dialogue snappy, and the characters surprisingly well-defined. Luckily it made enough money and created enough of a fanbase to ensure a sequel, the first trailer for which dropped last night for John Wick: Chapter 2. The movie is set to released on February 10, 2017; probably to capitalize on the post-awards season vacuum. The film appears to take place in Rome and brings back Reeves, as well as Common, Bridget Moynahan, John Leguizamo, and Laurence Fishburne. Click the poster below and take a look for yourself!
War for the Planet of the Apes
Building off of the stellar prequel that was Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was an all-around well-made action and sci-fi flick that rightly dominated the box office and certainly holds up on repeated viewings thanks to great motion capture effects and performances by Andy Serkis and Toby Kebbell. Matt Reeves returns to direct again, and with the addition of Woody Harrelson and a July 14th, 2017 release date, this one comes armed and ready to keep the revived Apes franchise going. This might actually be my most anticipated action/sci-fi film of 2017 at this point and although this teaser is just a sneak peak, it definitely has me pumped. Click the poster below to see what I mean!