Director Cameron Crowe Starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin
Most rom-coms are just the same actors and overused plots because they’re cheap and easy, but every once in a while you get a diamond in the rough with a good cast and inspired ideas. Maybe I’m wrong but Aloha looks like it could be a winner.
The comedy begins straight away. After copping a spray from Alec Baldwin defence contractor Bradley Cooper gets a second chance with his old boss Bill Murray in Hawaii, where he’s paired up with incredibly inspired air force pilot Emma Stone. Then comes the romance as Cooper runs into his ex-girlfriend in Rachel McAdams, where a lot of hurt still harbours, while he’s falling for Stone.
Sometimes you have to say goodbye before you can say hello is a bit cheesy but it explains the story succinctly. Cooper and Stone look like they have some good chemistry together while the other cast members look like winners, especially Murray. The song underneath Murray’s wise words with Cooper’s and Stone’s starry eyes is perfect for the structure of the trailer, they both build at the same momentum. What’s also perfect is the blue skies of Hawaii, which looks to be a very wise choice in terms of location as the trailer gets its tone and feel from that setting.
Overall this trailer works all over because even though it’s a rom-com it actually looks like a good blend of both genres. That is both a rarity and a victory unto itself.
Director Jean-Baptiste Leonetti Starring Michael Douglas, Jeremy Irvine, Ronny Cox, Hanna Mangan, Patricie Bethune, Martin Palmer, David Garver
I’ve called out a film or trailer for being too much of the same but I have to admit that sometimes it does actually work in its favour, and I think that’s the case here with Beyond The Reach.
Based on Robb White’s 1972 novel Deathwatch, a couple of little facts about surviving the south-western desert unprotected puts Jeremy Irvine’s plight into perspective. He must face these odds when he’s hired as a guide by Michael Douglas, who wishes to hunt big game. Unfortunately he’s a little hasty and his aim a little off, and when Irvine refuses to cover for him the unforgiving Douglas herds him to his death by forcing him to wander the desert unprotected, all under the watchful eyes of Douglas, his high-powered rifle and the hot desert sun.
The trailer presents two villains; the desert itself and Douglas, who looks frightening in what may be one of his best showings yet, and by the looks of this trailer it’s debatable as to which one poses the greatest threat. The use of lens flare makes me feel hot just watching it, and the growl of Douglas’ kick-arse truck is just as scary as that cold hard stare he’s got throughout. Like I said the film doesn’t look to be breaking any new ground, which does hold it back somewhat, but it’s got suspense and thrills and sometimes you just have to keep it simple.
Director Guillermo del Toro Starring Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver, Emily Coutts, Leslie Hope
From the imagination of Guillermo del Toro is right. If you ever go to a del Toro film and expect the normal then think again. It seems the higher he raises the bar the more determined he becomes to continually top himself.
Mia Wasikowska now believes in ghosts. A love-struck Wasikowska discovers a magical world within Crimson Peak through her soon-to-be husband Tom Hiddleston. Jessica Chastain quickly establishes the mystery of the mansion, and while it seems innocent enough to begin with the more Wasikowska learns about her, Hiddleston, and their not-so magical past, the more secrets she unravels. Now ensnared by Hiddleston and trapped by the ghostly Chastain, will Charlie Hunnam be able to save Wasikowska from not only their clutches but the supernatural terror that haunts within the walls of Crimson Peak? Not if Chastain has anything to say about it, proclaiming Wasikowska to be home.
The trailer is heart-pumping, coincidentally using the colour red to instil a feeling of dread. It makes great use of a single song to develop such a terrifying atmosphere and is made all the more visually impressive by a broad use of gothic imagery. Set in 19th century England there are concepts here that look merchant ivory, fantastical and even steampunk.
They’re calling it del Toro’s masterpiece, and by the looks of it he’s giving it a red hot go.
Director Aleksander Bach Starring Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto, Hannah Ware, Angelababy, Thomas Kretschmann
Rupert Friend is the ultimate killing machine; engineered purely for the purpose of eliminating targets. He delivers dead-pan clichés with no personality and makes a daring escape in the most outlandish way possible by kick-starting a high-powered sniper. He then spends the rest of the trailer shooting guns, destroying everything in his path with no regard to his actions while every other person with a gun must follow the principle of evil marksmanship and Zachary Quinto multitasks by breaking land-speed records while delivering disposition. Add some muscle, give Friend an Austrian accent and I could swear I’d seen this elsewhere…
There’s a whole lot of action going on, which will appeal to action lovers but outside of those who have played the game series there’s not much else happening.
Director George Tillman, Jr. Starring Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Jack Juston, Oona Chaplin, Alan Alda, Melissa Benoist, Lolita Davidovich
Scott Eastwood is a tall, sexy bull rider who falls madly in love with gorgeous, sexy Britt Robertson, and his pastime causes an amazing amount of conflict in their relationship for some reason because they’re both just so incredibly different, obviously. Two stories intertwine after Scott and Britt come across Alan Alda in a car accident with what looks like a much more interesting story to tell about his life with his wife (Oona Chaplin) during World War II.
The trailer is generic, Scott and Britt are of course stunningly better looking than anyone you’ve ever seen before and their relationship is beyond melodramatic. But the real romance comes from the sub-plot involving Alan Alda, Oona Chaplin and Jack Huston. So there’s a reason this trailer works, to an extent, unfortunately the reason why you go to see the film isn’t what this trailer is really looking at.