Director Terry Jones Starring Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Rob Riggle, Eddie Izzard, Joanna Lumley, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Robin Williams Release Date August 14
So a group of aliens (which oddly sound like the guys from Monty Python) have decided to give planet earth one last chance to prove itself by giving one man (Simon Pegg) the ability to do… absolutely anything… and the results are (hopefully) hilarious.
Or maybe not. I do like my British comedy, and a combination of Pegg, Monty Python and Robin Williams as a talking dog would surely be a winner, but I don’t know about this one. The trailer is quite mundane so I don’t really have a strong opinion one way or the other. It’s an ok sell, I guess
Director Dana Nachman Release Date June 26
When young five-year-old was diagnosed with Leukaemia the entire city of San Francisco, Hollywood and even the President came together to make the amazing dream of being Batman come true. It was one of those heart-warming moments where the world does what it’s supposed to do and this trailer is that one moment captured in less than three minutes. The perfect sell for a moment in history we can be proud of.
Director James Ponsoldt Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel Release Date July 31
Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky’s five-day road trip with author David Foster Wallace was one of the greatest revelations of insight any reporter has ever achieved. This trailer can only hope to come close to that level of insight but it’s going to give it a red, hot go. Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel have great dynamic, and in fact Segel looks to be giving probably the best performance of his career thus far.
With the use of a few select excerpts the script sounds potent, the delivery is perfect and the use of R.E.M makes it all the more powerful.
Director Jon M. Chu Starring Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Hayley Kiyoko, Aurora Perrineau, Juliette Lewis, Ryan Guzman, Molly Ringwald, Nathan Moore Release Date October 23
The only thing I’ve heard about this film is how bastardised it is compared to the source material, though when it comes to film adaptations I’m not the slightest bit surprised.
Jem And The Holograms was a unique for its time, but here the setting and characters have been changed while other aspects of the original 80s animated series have been omitted to make room for a young adult teen melodrama that has less to do with the original series than it does simply sticking some old logo people recognised on a cheap cash-cow.
How does this affect the trailer? This trailer completely stinks of it. It’s basically advertising how bad this film is going to be.
Director Brian Helgeland Starring Tom Hardy, Tom Hardy Again, Emily Browning, Colin Morgan, Christopher Eccleston Release Date September 11 (UK), October 2 (US)
This trailer makes amazingly good use of the Big O over short cuts of the film, giving it that quintessential feel of a British crime drama while showcasing the duel-role Tom Hardy is playing. There’s so little and yet it works so well, and it’s definitely got me intrigued.
Director Wes Ball Starring Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Rosa Salazar, Jacob Lofland, Giancarlo Esposito, Aiden Gillen Release Date September 18
Remember that last young adult film you saw? What about the one before that? Any you’re planning to see in the future? Well, here it is again for your enjoyment.
Ok, I’m being biased because I’m well and truly sick of these films. Putting that aside it’s not the worst trailer ever made but it’s still just a run-of-the-mill trailer with the same set-up, voice-over narrative and quick shots of the film showcasing action sequences we’ve seen so many times before. It doesn’t make me want to see it.
Director Edward Zwick Starring Tobey Maguire, Liev Schrieber, Lily Rabe, Peter Skarsgaard, Michael Stuhlarg Release Date September 18
Ticking clocks work wonders for building tension. Here they represent the timed moves of chess and the countdown to Bobby Fischer’s impending implosion.
As a kid he’s simply riding high on his talents but once an adult the tone of the trailer drastically changes. The chess prodigy becomes a symbol of patriotism for the United States during the Cold War. But the more involved he becomes in the fight against the Russian’s the more detached he becomes with reality. His focus has now changed and suddenly the game of chess seems to be little more than an afterthought.
Very well done, it’s been a long time coming but Tobey Maguire looks to have come on as an actor, and this film looks to be another step in the right direction.
Director Starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogan, Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterston, Michael Stuhlbarg Release Date October 9
There’s so very little here it’s hard to take anything away from this as it’s so much more a teaser for a trailer than a trailer itself, but it ups the anticipation on what looks to be a far more faithful biopic than the last attempt. It showcases the roles the cast will play while highlighting Jobs’ steady climb to success. A job well done if you ask me.
Director John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein Starring Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Leslie Mann, Chris Hemsworth Release Date July 29
Ed Helms is awkward and dorky, Chris Hemsworth is trying an American accent again, I forgot about Christina Applegate and I want to slap that young kid so damn hard.
I can’t tell whether it’s the trailer that makes this film look terrible or if the film is just unsaleable, especially the use of a hip-hop track going on ten-years old. If what we’ve got here is the best Vacation has to offer then we’re in trouble.
Director Paolo Sorrentino Starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Paul Dano, Rachel Weisz, Jane Fonda
We’re on a roll with music in trailer this month. A strong cast tells the story of a retired conductor who is invited to perform for the Queen while highlighting past, present and future through the enduring friendship of the two lead actors.
Unfortunately, despite the potential quality of the film (how can you go wrong with Michael Caine?) the trailer doesn’t pull me in. Every other aspect is put together so well but this one crucial aspect, that makes or breaks a trailer, is sadly absent. Still, I’m giving it the slight benefit of the doubt.