Trailers, the heralds of the new movies to come. They are meant to intrigue us, to pull us in. Make us want to spend our money on their products. They come in all shapes, sizes and lengths, and are just as much a part of going to the movies as anything else.
So I thought I would take some time out of the day to go over the trailers for movies that are yet to be released, and judge the book by its cover. Or rather, the movie by its trailer.
After all, what is a critic, if not judging?
So today, I will look at three movies that are set to be released next month, starting with….
Guardians of the Galaxy!
The newest in the Joss Whedon’s orchestrated mad-house that is the Marvel films. This film promises to branch the franchise into the more, ummmm, unique things that the franchise has to offer.
Like for instance a plant monster and talking raccoon alien.
From the look of things, this movie seems to want to take the undertones of comedy from the previous films and blow it up to serious overtones.
The movie also promises to be very heavy on special effects, which normally would be a slight detriment to a film aesthetic, as too much C.G.I. makes things look really surreal, and can pull you out of an experience. Yet, this movie will probably not have any issue, as the film series has for certain made enough money to support the effects.
If it was not for the amazing track record of this movie series, I would probably be a bit dubious of this film. The previous Marvel films have been good though, that I am willing to ignore any misgivings, and get excited for another masterpiece.
So I give this trailer a 7 out of 10. But how will the next one fare?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles !
So remember how I said that too much C.G.I. can make a movie look surreal? Yeah, just thought I would bring that up again.
So this trailer….I am not happy with it. It may just be my usual dislike of Michael Bay, or the fact that I am sick and tired of remakes, but I have misgivings about this.
First off, the turtles look like they are douchey white boys. Now the original characters could be a bit abrasive, but they were still kind and honorable. These guys look like Mudflap and Skids in turtle form.
Now the action does look fun, that is one of the things that Michael Bay is really good at. He can make explosions still look interesting, even after the fifth one goes off in a two-minute span. He has an eye for wanton destruction, but not much else.
Also, Megan Fox shows up again. For more eye candy. As if this movie was not already shaping up to be pure spectacle.
So, from this short 1 minute clip, it looks like it is to be just pure popcorn fodder, shut off your brain and try not to drool. Some people like those sort of movies.
I am not one of them.
I give it a 3 out of 10.
Hopefully the last one will be more interesting….
Step Up: All In
Despite how it looks, you can totally tell that the trailer is actually holding itself back. Only giving you the beginning snippets of the dance moves that this film will contain.
There are two types of people who watch these films.
1.) People who watch it to see the amazing dance moves.
2.) People who watch it for the plot, a.k.a. LIARS! (Yes I am aware I have used that joke before)
The step it up movies are never well acted, always cheesy as hell, and totally predictable.
Also, they are f***ing awesome.
Yeah, I sorta love these films, the dancing is that good. Mind blowing cinematography, choreography that probably took years to perfect.
The movie can shove all the crappy dialog into it’s running time that it wants. Just give me dancing and flipping and fire and crazy sh*t.
This is not the kind of movie that you have turn your brain off to watch, this is the kind of film that shocks your brain out for an hour and a half. You won’t remember what you saw, but you will feel happy and energetic.
It’s like the film version of a caffeine buzz.
Also just to add to the fun of this movie, that one line spoken seems to reveal that this film has some level of self-awareness. “Does it always have to end in a big, giant dance battle?” says to me that they understand what they are making, and just want to make the best damn version of it that they can.
The title really does sum it up well. Step Up: ALL IN.
So for giving us it’s all, even in the trailer. I award this trailer a 9 out of 10.
Whew, that was actually really fun. I think I might just do these ever few weeks/months as new trailers come out. But for now, I must say good-bye. Check in every Wednesday and Saturday for more fun, and more nerdy things!