Director Bill Pohlad Starring Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti Release Date June 5th
Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson (Paul Dano and John Cusack) was one of the most influential composers of the 60’s whose mental health issues and relationship with psychotherapist Dr. Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti) nearly derailed the band, and his life.
There are three chronological parts to this trailer. The first is a young Wilson in the 1960’s, full of bright colours and cheerful tones as he becomes increasingly experimental with his music. The second is a much older Wilson meeting Melinda Wilson (Elizabeth Banks) in the mid-1980’s, all the while accompanied by Dr. Landy.
Then a sombre tone takes over. A pendulum starts ticking, counting down to Wilson’s inevitable implosion. We get glimpses of his Wilson’s deterioration as he falls under the influence of drugs, prescription medication, and Dr. Landy. But the trailer ends on a positive note, reminding us that no matter what Wilson will continue to do what he does best: create music.
Both Paul Dano and John Cusack have this naïvity to their scenes which suggests that maybe Brian Wilson isn’t all there mentally. Paul Giamatti sounds innocent enough but the composition of the trailer is effective in showing us he may not necessarily be looking out for Wilson’s best interests. It juxtaposes each stage of Wilson’s life while the one constant, music, plays throughout.
Director Henry Hobson Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin Release Date May 8th
A very bleak but stirring trailer. Wade Vogel (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a father struggling with a heart-wrenching choice; does he quarantine his zombie-infected daughter Maggie (Abigail Breslin) or does he stay by her side until the bitter end? Many shots are in the dark and show us a dystopian landscape that only compounds these feelings of impending loss and hopelessness.
Breslin is solid as always, a class act who shows great range as she transitions from an innocent daughter into a mindless zombie, but it’s Schwarzenegger who is stealing the show. His performance as his sullen, fatherly love looks to be the best of his career, washing away over thirty years of one-liners and cheesy action flicks. Maggie could very well be a showcase for him.
Director Christopher McQuarrie Starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson Release Date July 31st
Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is back for a fifth mission with Mission: Impossible 5 – Rogue Nation, and his approach is more or less the same as the last four. In order to save the world this time around Tom is going to have to fight off hordes of enemy fodder single-handedly without his shirt, crash expensive cars, take a ride on the outside of a plane and defy death again and again. And that’s not even the comedy side of the things.
There isn’t much to this trailer other than it’s action-packed with a few laughs provided by Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), but it does give the spotlight to a few of the main players, including Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames and Alec Baldwin. It captures what will be the overall tone of the film, and because of that it works but underneath it all it does come across as a bit lame.
Director Bill Condon Starring Ian McKellen, Colin Starkey, Laura Linney, Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy Release Date July 17th
Sherlock Holmes, the worlds greatest detective, comes out of retirement to solve one last case as well as reflect on the life he has led. The score offers this magic to accompany Holmes’ superhuman deductive capabilities, giving this trailer a whimsical and intriguing feel while the production designs and locations are spot-on perfect for the era. But at the same time it offers up a very meaningful profile on the man underneath the legend with what looks to be a winning performance by Sir Ian McKellen.
Director Chris Columbus Starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan Release Date July 24th
When NASA sent a time capsule into space containing footage of classic arcade games an alien race interpreted this as a declaration of war. They use these various games as models for different modes of attack as they invade earth and only this team of expert arcade gamers (Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage) can save the world.
Visually the trailer is stunning, bringing games such as Pac-Man and Donkey Kong to life in amazing 3D CGI, but that’s where the appeal ends. I can already tell it’s going to be wrought with bad acting, lame jokes (especially the scene with Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani), which will cost the film dearly because it could very well be a really nice light-hearted action film.
Director John Maclean Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Mendlesohn, Caren Pistorius, Rory McCann Release Date May 15th (U.S) / June 26th (U.K)
An interesting take on the western genre with barely an American star in sight, Slow West looks to be shaking things up a little by offering us something new in a setting that’s been done to death. Michael Fassbender looks to be on the money with his role as gunslinger Jay Cavendish, while Ben Mendlesohn just keeps getting better with every role he takes. I’m not to sure on Kodi Smit-McPhee from what scenes he has in this trailer but he could just as easily prove me wrong.
It’s got everything you need in a western, of which there really are only two: the surly cowboys, the gunfights, but it’s got some wonderful scenery in the background that brighten this trailer, making it look almost surreal. A good sell for what looks like a western that’s going off the beaten track.
Director Sam Mendes Starring Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Monica Bellucci, Andrew Scott, Dave Bautista Release Date November 6th
James Bond (Daniel Craig) just can’t seem to stay out of trouble.
After receiving items that relate to the previous instalment of the 007 series Bond finds a cryptic message that leads him on a hunt for the worlds most dangerous criminal organisation. It’s subdued, subtle and short but it sets up the film quite nicely while giving always almost nothing. But we all know what’s coming, and it’s going to be awesome.
Director Antoine Fuqua Starring Jake Gyllenhall, Rachel McAdams, Naomie Harris, Forest Whitaker Release Date July 24th
The Jake Gyllenhaal express looks to keep on rolling with Southpaw, the story of boxer Billy Hope whose self-destructive behaviour leads him on a journey of healing in order to win back his daughter Leila (Oona Laurence). Hi story is going to come full circle as he will inevitably step back into the ring with trainer Titus Wills (Forest Whitaker) in order to win a fight against his toughest opponent yet: himself.
The music, especially that ending song, is effective in expressing the inner turmoil and creating tension. The film itself looks melodramatic it’s buoyed by the potentially strong performance by Gyllenhaal as well as a supporting cast of Whitaker and Rachel McAdams. Definitely one to watch out for.
Director Brad Bird, Starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Thomas Robinson Release Date May 22nd
After finding a small pin Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) is transferred to the world of Tomorrowland, which looks amazing and visually stunning. Her search for the truthg leads her to Frank Walker (George Clooney), after which they’re both accosted by a trained special ops team. Frank defends himself and Casey with the some imaginative gadgetry before they take flight and he takes her on adventure in the world of Tomorrowland.
From the get-go Tomorrowland has looked like a brilliant film and the trailer does wonders to make the sell. It blends sci-fi and adventure into one action scene but with only brief glimpses of the wondrous world that we will all pay to see.