Ant-Man

Director Peyton Reed Starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Corey Stoll, Bobby Canavale, Michael Pena, Judy Greer, Michael Douglas

Marvel are reaching further and further into the barrel, and while we haven’t hit the bottom just yet we are on our way down.

Now that they’ve used all the well-known superheroes we’re getting closer and closer to the bottom of the barrel, thought by the looks of this one we’re not quite there yet.

We’ve got loosely connected shots establishing Paul Rudd as some kind of reformed criminal making his way to San Francisco, while Michael Douglas speaks to him via narration, telling he’s special and offering him a chance at redemption. He tugs at his heart-strings, using his daughter as an emotional motivator while we see shots of a mysterious, futuristic-looking building with brief flashes of Evangeline Lily and Corey Stoll. Then there it is: the Ant-Man suit.

The epic music swells. Police car sirens! Michael Pena! A giant wasp (or is it?)! People running for their lives! Gunfire! Sparring partners! And Ant-Man taking flight!

I can be a pain in the butt with my reviews. I go on about how some trailers give too much away, and now I’m having a go at this because, while it does give away some details and leaves you to assume the rest, it’s a little all over the place. I can’t say whether the movie will be good or bad from this one, I might go and see it regardless because I do like my superhero flicks, but this trailer is lacking anticipation.

4 of 10

Child 44

Director Daniel Espinosa Starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinneman, Gary Oldman, Vincent Cassel, Paddy Considine, Jason Clarke

A man approaches a child, he looks up, and black. The music is very suspenseful from the very moment it begins, sounding like some sort of stopwatch that’s counting down. Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and a table of others are enjoying themselves but that’s where the festivites stop. There’s a child’s body in a morgue, the body count rises and Tom Hardy is tasked with finding the culprit. But while all others question his motives, none of them seeming to care, Hardy is unwavering in his belief he’ll stop the murders, but the longer he takes the higher the body count rises.

It’s good, but not great, though I really want to go see it anyway. I like the scenes featured as it states the plot of the film without giving too much away, with character roles established, but it does feel a little textbook. However the pros outweigh the cons ever so slightly in this case.

6 of 10

MMXII

Director Austin Newman Starring Ashley Wilson, Blake McGinnis, Sincera Alexander,  Robert Smith, Robin Olson, Ingrid Livingston

It’s a coma film! The helplessness of it all and the unwillingness to let go. A man obviously unable to move on narrates to us, lamenting the loss of the one he loves and asking how does he move on? But if we don’t know how should he?

Then she awakens, and now it’s him who’s gone missing. The music begins to swell as she sets out in search, with love as her guide. There’s hand holding, aimless wandering and soul searching on beaches, two people heading in different directions in what looks like a forest, with crying and a man with a gun. Oh, and there’s this score that fits more with an epic superhero film than a down-to-earth melodrama.

I may be reading it wrong, it could have the potential to be something good, but this trailer makes it look anything but. Some of the dialogue used, like love being used as a guide, makes this look really sappy, but the performances could be good in it. I don’t know, line-ball.

5 of 10

Ted 2

Director Seth MacFarlane Starring Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Richard Schiff, Patrick Warburton, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Sam J. Jones, David Hasselhoff, Tom Brady

Seth MacFarlane is back for another go at directing after his last effort didn’t go so well. Fortunately this one is a winning formula he can rely on.

Of course they got Patrick Stewart to narrate, as Sam J. Jones marries Jessica Barth and a stuffed teddy bear. Then when they want to have a baby the law gets involved with their red tape and its up to said bear and Mark Walhberg to save the day on a whirlwind adventure.

Along they way we’ve got Wahlberg touching himself and later getting covered in semen, which Ted posts to facebook. It’s standard Seth MacFarlane with song and dance, politically incorrect humour, with deep-sea driving and stuffed bear hunters along the way. Meanwhile Wahlberg and Ted are content with just convincing themselves they could be lawyers.

It’ll attract the MacFarlane crowd who will find it hilarious no matter what the reviews say. But as to whether it’ll actually be any good? That remains to be seen, and while this trailer does seem to highlight the gross-out aspects and idiotic humour more than anything the trailer makes it appear to have at least some potential.

6 of 10

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