I always love the week after I get myself caught up after falling behind for like a month because there are only like 5 trailers and it’s such a relief.
I vaguely recall reading the first book in this series when it first came out, which is to say that I have very little memory of it. That said, this teaser has something interesting shots, particularly the beginning as we get several aerial views of different cities and foliage, all while a gravely voice warns our titular character of the things he is bound to discover throughout the film. The imagery of an older woman becoming some kind of flying elf certainly leaves an impression as well. All that said, I think this teaser is very much suited to fans of the book series, as most of it kind of falls flat for me. I’ll probably end up rereading the book and I’m curious how this will play after that, if it will get me more excited or actually leave me disappointed.
If Beale Street Could Talk
This movie looks absolutely gorgeous on absolutely every level. I’ve been saying that since the very first trailer came out, and the more I see of it, the more I need to get all of it on my eye holes. Scoring the trailer with The Fugees’ “Killing Me Softly” adds another level of depth, one that lifts this one above and beyond the other two trailers, which topped their respective weeks. I don’t know how much of this is me just being incredibly excited to see Barry Jenkins’ follow-up to Moonlight and how much is these trailers genuinely just killing it, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen something quietly marketed in such an amazing away.
A downside to getting as behind as I did on these trailers as I did for last week’s post, I end up talking about one movie two weeks in a row. This trailer really seems to sell the overall arc of the film much better than last week’s (which was a trailer I already super dug). The trailer here shows our lead character more throughout her life, and makes that arc much more apparent, as it shows those points of her life with the audio of one of her songs playing, really acting as a connective tissue. I think what really makes this movie interesting (not that it needed the help) is how its going to be playing against A Star Is Born, which is another take on a rise to stardom and what it can do to people. The fact that Portman’s artist is a bit more decked out, like Lady Gaga was when she really started to break out on the scene, will likely draw some extra comparisons. Portman looks great here, and I’m really interested to see how this ends up coming together.
Welcome to Marwen
I do not understand why this movie needed three trailers. None of the trailers seemed to add anything substantial to any of the preceding ones, and these dolls still haunt me in my dreams. I mean, this trailer even uses the same song as another one. Like, at least If Beale Street Could Talk added a new song over the same-looking footage it showed in this week’s trailer. This trailer for Marwen feels like I’ve seen it before, mostly because I basically have.
Happy Death Day 2u
So I never got around to seeing the first movie which is apparently a helluva lot of fun, and this one really appears to be continuing that. Groundhog Day with murder is a strange pitch, but the folks over at Blumhouse really seem to have figure out how to make it work while still having a lot of fun. Yeah, that’s all I’ve got. This looks fun.
Rankings and Summaries
- If Beale Street Could Talk- One more time for the people in the back: Barry Jenkins made another movie.
- Vox Lux- With a stronger display of the arc than the trailer from last week, I’m somehow even more excited to see yet another great Natalie Portman performance.
- Happy Death Day 2U– The follow-up to an apparently very fun horror movie seems to pick up right where the first one left off (quite literally, in fact).
- Artemis Fowl- A teaser for a movie based on a book that seems to aim more for its target audience rather than capturing a new one.
- Welcome To Marwen– An unnecessary third trailer that adds nothing to what we have seen before.