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Breaking down the new trailers that dropped for Super Bowl Sunday

While yours truly completely skipped the Super Bowl (with no regrets), I couldn’t help but notice the various trailers that dropped during the event. So I thought I would spend today highlighting and breaking down the trailers that stood out to me the most. Here we go!

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story (FINALLY!)

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Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer #1

Everyone, mark your calendars. We have finally received a trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story with 109 days to go before the film is released into theaters. At this stage, I was desperately hoping that seeing some footage would change my opinion about this movie (which is basically what happened with Rogue One, as soon as I saw the trailer I was super excited); but after watching the teaser AND the full trailer….I have a bad feeling about this. Oh sure, the visuals look impressive as always, it has the right “feel” to it, but everything else is just…off. Han doesn’t look like Han, Lando doesn’t look like Lando, though I’m impressed that it sounds like they’re keeping the origin story where Han was originally in the Imperial Academy but got thrown out (in the EU it was for freeing Chewbacca, but in the trailer he says “for having a mind of my own.” We’ll see if it boils down to the same thing). Maybe I’m over-examining this film, but it just doesn’t seem like it will be any good (share your thoughts in the comments below, I’d love to be proven wrong).

  • Mission Impossible: Fallout

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Mission Impossible: Fallout Trailer #1

With all of the hype focused on Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, I completely forgot that there’s a new Mission Impossible film coming out this summer. The sixth film in the saga, recently titled Mission Impossible: Fallout, released its first trailer during the Super Bowl and boy, oh boy, it sounds like the conspiracy theorists were right. If you haven’t watched the last few films (from MI:3 through Rogue Nation), there’s been a steadily growing theory that Ethan Hunt is being primed to go fully “rogue” against the IMF and the system in general. This can allegedly be seen in how, in every successive film, Ethan is pushed closer and closer to “crossing the line” and achieving his mission at ANY cost. If the new trailer is any indication, Ethan has finally reached his breaking point and there will be hell to pay. Ilsa Faust (from Rogue Nation) returns as well, and it sounds like she and Ethan are coming into conflict once again. It sounds like the main scuffle will be over plutonium (with references made to the CIA as well). As always, it looks like Luther Reigns is returning, along with Benji, and I suspect Henry Cavill is eventually going to fill in the spot that is usually taken by Jeremy Renner’s William Brandt. This is one film I’m definitely excited to see this summer. Let me know your thoughts on the trailer in the comments below.

  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Trailer #2

Alright, color me intrigued. A part of me still wants to disavow the Jurassic World series entirely because nothing will ever live up to the original Jurassic Park, but this new trailer is actually quite good (and also incredibly frightening). Seeing the dinosaur creep into the girl’s bedroom not only freaked me out, but it gave me flashbacks to The Lost World: Jurassic Park (when that T-Rex got loose in the city). One plot point annoys me though: it seems that we’ll be dealing with another genetically engineered dinosaur, similar to the Indominus Rex from the previous film, though it appears to be smaller (and possibly based on Velociraptor?) Clearly the new antagonists of this movie fall under the “too stupid to live” category, because they either don’t know (or don’t care) about what happened with the Indominus Rex. I’ll probably end up watching this film out of curiosity, let me know what you thought of the trailer in the comments below.

  • Avengers Infinity War

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Avengers: Infinity War TV Spot

At last, another glimpse at what is surely going to be the biggest film of the summer! While it was only a thirty second spot, it only whetted my appetite for this film even more. Captain America has a new shield (that looks wicked awesome!), Spider-Man is going into space on that ring thing (that surely can’t end well), Thor is still with the Guardians of the Galaxy (which I still love so much) and for some reason I find seeing Iron Man interact with Dr. Strange to be one of the coolest things ever! We have just under three months to go until this movie finally gets here!


And those are the Super Bowl trailers that stood out to me the most! What did you think of them? Are you excited to finally see footage from Solo: A Star Wars Story? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Alicia Vikander rocks in trailer for ‘Tomb Raider’ (2018)

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‘Tomb Raider’ Trailer #2 (2018)

I will admit that I was not thrilled to hear that the Tomb Raider franchise was being rebooted. While the Angelina Jolie films aren’t the greatest movies ever made, they are a guilty pleasure of mine (and there’s the fact that reboots can often be recipes for disaster, just look at what happened to The Mummy and the would-be Dark Universe.) Despite my sour feelings on the subject, I’ve kept my ears open about the upcoming film and began to hear things I liked: Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Man from UNCLE) is in the title role and the trailers…well, the trailers look awesome!

It will be interesting to see how this film compares to the original

The newest trailer gives us some details into the story: as in the original films, Lara Croft’s father is missing and presumed dead. Lara, being Lara, can’t let go of the fact that her beloved father is gone and uses research to determine were her father went before he disappeared. In typical adventure fashion, she ends up stranded on an island in the middle of a nasty, rock-filled, section of the ocean, but she isn’t alone. As the trailer goes on to reveal, Lara is up against a group named Trinity that seeks to unleash a global genocide (how they plan to do this is currently unknown but it probably has something to do with the tomb they’re trying to break into. My guess is it’s an ancient plague or something of the sort.) There are some thrilling scenes where Lara makes her escape from Trinity: plunging through a river, falling into the jungle, shooting arrows and wielding swords with deadly precision. And there are hints of other secret twists as well, for instance there’s a shot of Lara finding a passport with her father’s picture, but what looks like a Russian name. I’m interested to see where that sub-plot leads us.

Seeing how good the movie looks in the trailer, I’ll have to add this film to my “watch list” for this spring. Tomb Raider is scheduled to be released on March 16th. Will you be going to see this new take on the Tomb Raider story in theaters? Is it possible they’ve finally gotten a video game adaptation right? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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A full trailer for Red Sparrow is here!

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Ever since I saw the first teaser, Red Sparrow has been on my radar of films to keep an eye on. Based on the novel of the same name by Jason Matthews, the story will follow Dominika Egorova (the titular “Red Sparrow”) who is trained to spy for Russia via the art of seduction. She is also a highly talented ballerina (though whether this was a part of her life before she began training as a spy or is merely a cover is not known). Her life becomes even more complicated when she is assigned to seduce an agent from the CIA and she finds herself falling in love with him.

Red Sparrow full trailer (2018)

This story about a beautiful Russian spy (who trains at a secret spy school) who is also a talented dancer has inevitably drawn comparisons to Marvel’s Black Widow (and it’s true, the two stories share many similarities, which makes one wonder why Marvel still won’t pull the trigger on giving Natasha a film of her own, but that’s a discussion for another time). Despite the similarities, this is not (as some have thought) a Black Widow origin story in disguise, though it could easily serve as one in a perfect world.

I’m very excited about this film: it is being directed by Francis Lawrence (notable for his work on The Hunger Games series) and the music is being composed by James Newton Howard (who also composed music for The Hunger Games series, which makes Red Sparrow something of a reunion). The cast also features Jeremy Irons, one of my favorite actors, playing a Russian general, and Joel Edgerton in the role of Nathaniel Nash, the CIA agent that Dominika falls for.

Given that this is a spy film (and the multiple twists of Atomic Blonde are still relatively fresh in my mind), I have to believe that there will be some kind of twist by the end of the story. It will most likely be revealed that either Dominika or Nathaniel (or possibly both) are using the other, which will likely result in one of them winding up dead (or, in a better case scenario, they both live but they also have to contend with whatever genuine feelings they may have held). I could be wrong on all counts, but it is always fun to speculate.

Watch the trailer for Red Sparrow at the link above and let me know what you think in the comments below. Are you excited about the story? I can’t wait to see it (it’s due to come out on March 2nd).

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The Avengers: Infinity War trailer is here!

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Avengers: Infinity War trailer

It’s here…it’s finally here!! Finally a solid look at the film we’ve all been waiting for since this crazy train started rolling with Iron Man all the way back in 2008. The first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War is finally here! And oh.my.goodness. I think my brain just about exploded with visual overload.

There is so much jam-packed into this trailer I’m not honestly sure that I can break it all down, but I’ll try:

  • Thanos is here on Earth: This is an “Oh SH**” moment if ever I saw one. It’s been building and building and the Mad Titan is finally on our planet (and he’s seen placing Infinity stones into the Infinity Gauntlet)
  • Loki DOES have the Tesseract: Why am I not surprised? But the question is, what is he doing with it? It almost looks like he used it to open the portal that lets Thanos walk onto Earth, but that could be a red herring.
  • Captain America is in Wakanda: “Get this man a shield” might be one of my favorite lines from the trailer, and I’m kind of digging the beard. We haven’t even seen the Black Panther film yet (that comes out in February) but it was awesome to get another look at Wakanda. It looks like Captain America, Bucky, Hulk, Black Panther obviously and others are there leading the charge against…aliens?
  • Not Vision!!!: So that shot of the Infinity Stone being forcefully removed from Vision’s forehead…does that mean he’s going to die? Because as I remember it in Age of Ultron, that stone is the reason he came alive in the first place and without it I’m almost certain he can’t exist.
  • Spidey-senses: So I haven’t gotten around to watching Spider-Man: Homecoming (my apologies, I’ve been very busy) but I AM excited to see Spider-Man in this film. Seeing the moment the hairs on his arm stand up straight (surely his spidey-senses at work) was an awesome moment, not to mention that wickedly awesome suit he’s wearing! Another question though: what IS that huge circle thing? It can’t be anything good, that’s for sure.
  • Falcon takes to the skies: need I say anything more?
  • Black Widow is a blonde: I’m not sure how I feel about this, I like her with red hair
  • Dr. Strange and Iron Man in the same scene: YES!!!!!
  • But the best part of all might be Thor meeting the Guardians of the Galaxy, I can’t wait to see that scene play out in full.

We only have to wait until May 4th, 2018 to see the fulfillment of this stage of the MCU. And I for one can’t wait! What do you think about the trailer for Avengers: Infinity War? Let me know in the comments below!

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Trailer for Victoria and Abdul (2017)

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There are some films that I will just go see automatically no matter what the critics say: Star Wars, James Bond, the latest Marvel flick, and so on. Slightly lower on this list of “must-sees” is any drama that involves Britain’s Royal Family. I must admit I’ve been fascinated by stories involving the kings and queens of England for years (I enjoyed The King’s Speech very much), and when I saw articles on a movie called Victoria and Abdul, I was intrigued.

Victoria and Abdul (2017) Official Trailer

Until Queen Elizabeth II passed her in 2015, Queen Victoria was the longest reigning monarch in Britain’s history. She spent a large portion of that reign in widowhood, as her husband Prince Albert passed away in 1861 (she survived him by 40 years). During the last few years of her reign, she struck up a friendship with an Indian servant named Abdul Karim, to the consternation of her family and the royal court. Victoria and Abdul tells the story of this friendship, and with the legendary Dame Judi Dench playing the role of Victoria, the film looks to be a definite “must-see.”

One of my favorite lines in the trailer involves the Queen learning about mangoes. Upon learning that they are a delicious fruit, the Queen goes to her butler (I presume) and requests one. When she is told that they only grow in India, the Queen promptly quips back “Well I am Empress of India. So have one sent!” The follow up scene at the end of the trailer shows a mango being presented, only for Abdul to apologetically inform the Queen that the mango is “off” (i.e. rotten)

Victoria and Abdul premieres this September, and it is firmly on my list of films to see this fall.

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