Comic Con trailers: Godzilla, Fantastic Beasts

Recently, I saw the trailers for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Godzilla films, and thought I’d pen down some of my thoughts.

First, the Godzilla trailer. I thought the trailer poised the film really well as a giant monster flick; the one shot where Godzilla spews his atomic breath into the sky with the military ship before him as a size comparison is a glimpse of the breathtaking scale of the visuals that I’m hoping permeates throughout the film.

I think Millie Bobby Brown is an interesting casting choice (if someone typecast). Assuming the trailer is simply playing up her popularity and that she is indeed the main human protagonist of the film, I think some interesting dynamics can be explored by the filmmakers in terms of size and stature, both physical and metaphorical. Her character appears to be small in size even relative to the other humans in the film, but perhaps her bravery will render her larger-than-life, comparable to the literal titans in the film.

I think the trailer does leave things somewhat vague, which is good, though those knowledgeable in Godzilla lore may note the presence of certain familiar rivals to the king of monsters and infer how it would play out. I suppose if the filmmakers were to follow pre-existing lore meticulously, we’d probably see a battle between two camps of monsters. (Godzilla and Mothra against Ghidorah in a CGI-explosive Act 3, where the human characters play their own minor parts but are largely left on the sidelines)

Next, Fantastic Beasts.

I liked how the trailer still placed some emphasis on the various fantastic beasts of the wizarding world. We even see some new ones! I had feared that the film would sidelines the beasts to place emphasis on the Grindelwald/Dumbledore storyline and more or less transform it purely into a Harry Potter prequel. Thankfully, the trailer seems to show that the film will offer a lot more. The line where Zoe Kravitz’s character observes how there was no monster Newt couldn’t love was particularly interesting to me. I feel that she meant this not pertaining solely to his care for the various beasts seen in the film, but also to the sidelined people or perhaps those seen as ‘sub-human’ because of various peculiarities. I think it’ll be interesting if the filmmakers explored this human-beast dynamic and what made someone or something constitute a beast. For instance, in our world, we may treat a dog infinitely better than we do another human being. What would that say about the status dynamics between beasts and humans?

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The Darkest Minds Trailer Review

Just came back from a one week holiday, and saw the trailer for The Darkest Minds. The book by Alexandra Bracken was one of the YA series I had followed when I was younger, so I went into this with a definite level of anticipation.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look too good.

Quick thoughts:

  1. I think Amanda Stenberg is a good actress and a good choice for YA type movies (I liked her in Everything, Everything and of course The Hunger Games.) She seems to be a pretty competent lead here, one of the few good things I’d gleaned from the trailer.
  2. The supporting cast doesn’t seem particularly strong; not unlike those in underwhelming YA films such as The Fifth Wave and Divergent.
  3. Dialogue seems pretty questionable already… and it’s just the trailer.
  4. The set pieces/visual effects seem to be fringing on TV movie type effects; even down to the font used.
  5. Not one moment was particularly inspiring/impactful at all
  6. There is diversity; interesting to see how young actress Miya Cech will carry her role.

For now, this seems like it’ll probably go the way of underwhelming films such as The Fifth Wave.

 

Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Melissa McCarthy’s Second Oscar Nod?

Melissa McCarthy introduced herself to Oscar voters in 2011 with Bridesmaids, garnering a supporting actress nomination for her hilarious performance. Since then, I’ve mostly seen her in similar slapstick-type comedy films, some of which have certainly both been box office successes and testament to her prowess as a leading lady in comedy films. However, it’s clear to see that she’s mostly taken on roles as ‘that funny, fat lady’, in films such as Spy and Tammy. (Spy was definitely one of the funniest movies I caught in 2015, by the way), which haven’t captured the same Oscar attention her turn in Bridesmaids did.

In the first trailer for Can You Ever Forgive Me however, McCarthy looks to be showing some of her dramatic flair. She shone quietly before in films such as 2013’s St. Vincent, where she played a divorced mum, and I think she may finally be noticed again by the Oscars this year. Playing forger Lee Israel, her role looks to be a complex one thick with emotional meat, and the trailer definitely pushes it from this angle. It looks to have its share of brittle humour, not the type where you’d laugh at the person, and not even laugh with the person, but the type to elicit chuckles amidst more dramatic scenes. I think Melissa McCarthy is the type of actress would could certainly pull off this perfect blend of dramatic flair and brittle comedy, one not dissimilar to performances such as Frances McDormand’s and Margot Robbie’s from this year’s Oscars.

A lot will come down to how the film is received as a whole, and whether she’ll indeed have the meaty scenes that the trailer promises, but if she can pull this off, I think she may have her second Oscar nom in sight.

I’ve updated my Oscars sidebar to include her for now.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer: immediate thoughts 

The first Fantastic Beasts movie was by no means bad, but didn’t quite live up to its predecessor, the admittedly rather untoppable Harry Potter series. 

The first trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald dropped about 2 days ago, and here are my immediate thoughts:

1. Jude Law as Dumbledore: Maybe its a physical resemblance thing, but I just didn’t see Jude Law as Dumbledore, I kind of saw Jude Law as Jude Law. Or perhaps it’s the grin that introduces us to him; I don’t think I’ve seen old Dumbledore ever break a smile like that before.

2. Beasts feature heavily: I guess true to the name of the series, the trailer features shots of many different beasts, some that we haven’t seen yet. Not sure if this is necessarily a good thing; I thought the scenes involving the tracking down of the different beasts in the first movie were actually the lackluster ones.

3. Grindelwald appears only briefly: For a film entitled Crimes of Grindelwald, you’d think they showcase the villain more in the trailer. I wonder if it’s got to do with the accusations against Johnny Depp in his personal life right now.

4. What was the last scene? Slamming their wands into the ground to cast a spell better not become a thing… it feels so wrong! 

5. Balance between supporting cast: I wonder big a role the supporting cast of the first film will have given the many new additions; having Jude Law as Dumbledore and Johnny Depp as Grindelwald tells me that they’re probably going to have meaty roles. While Porpentina and Jacob do appear in the trailer briefly, with Jacob having a nice scene to himself, Queenie doesn’t really seem to appear at all, and there’s still a whole group of new cast members including one played by Zoe Kravitz. Will the original supporting cast begin to fade into unimportance as the Dumbledore/Grindelwald story takes centre stage? Curious to see how things play out. 

Overall I thought the trailer was a nice introduction to the second film of the Fantastic Beasts series.

Trailer Reviews! (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, Suffragette)

Hey guys!

I haven’t posted anything in way too long, and that’s because school has literally been bat-shit insane and the more I left this site alone the more this virtual barrier was just kind of created and suddenly it’s been months since my last post.

I have no idea what a proper mode of reentry into this blog would be so I guess I’ll just talk about some movie-related stuff that have interested me lately, namely trailers!

First, let’s talk about the trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.

You can watch it here first, in case you haven’t:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbd_s-486vQ

So firstly, an overview. The trailer seemed really similar to the trailers for the previous instalments of this franchise, and that could both be a good and a bad thing. It’s good, because the mood and atmosphere is consistent, and that sense of impending doom is really brought out for me, with the multiple deaths that are bound to break many hearts. Concurrently though, a little bit of franchise fatigue seemed to kick in at the same time, and I know it’s kind of ironic since it’s already the last film, but I kind of felt like oh, it seems like it’ll be a repeat of Mockingjay Part 1 and even Catching Fire, with impactful-sounding one-liners from Katniss and the ever-complicated relationship between Katniss and Peeta.

Notable also is the lack of action scenes in the trailer, which the book itself contained definitely, in stark and grotesque detail. Since the first instalment of the two-part finale severely lacked action, I was kind of expecting this trailer to kind of draw us in a little more with a taste of the kind of action we would expect in the final push towards the Capitol… and yet that seems almost all but absent from the trailer apart from a brief scene at the end where we see the protagonists escaping from Agents of Shield-esque (like if you get it) black goo.

In summation, this trailer has gotten me excited… though not certainly not crazy levels of excitement. I’m guessing some of the actions scenes haven’t been revealed maybe because they are still in post-production, and since those scenes are likely to be the most CGI-heavy, they perhaps haven’t attained their finished product. Time will tell, and I really hope this will be a satisfying end to an awesome series!

Next, I want to talk about the trailer for Suffragette

The trailer I have in mind is the UK one (not the main one), which you can view here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HdQ0iVrl2Y

I know the topic of suffragettes is one chock-full of controversy and politics, so I won’t delve into the actual movement, but instead focus on the trailer.

First, why don’t we talk about how Oscar-baity this looks?? This already seems to me like one of the british films that the British voting block of the Academy would go for, akin to last year’s The Imitation Game. After what felt like a weak year for women-lead film last year, I think this could be a serious contender!

Carey Mulligan looked really Best Actress material in this; the grit and solemnity in her character is powerful, and coupling that with the apparent fragility she possesses, it looks to be an inspired and Oscar-worthy performance.

Then of course there’s the obligatory contention with Meryl Streep, though obligatory is perhaps too harsh and undeserving a word; the few moments in which her characters appeared gave me chills, especially when paired with the equally chill-invoking soundtrack that sings “Oh Freedom” in an angelic yet pleading way.

All in all, this trailer has gotten me SUPER excited for this movie, and I can’t wait for its release in October! 😀

Right I think that’s about it… I think in order for me to post consistently, I’ll have to skim on the lengths of my posts, as I simply don’t have the time nor energy to compose long, thought-out posts (at least for the next few weeks or so), so yeah that’s it!

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Insurgent Trailer Talk!

Hey guys!

As some of you should already know, the first Insurgent trailer is out! Ok I’ll be honest: I didn’t really like the first one that much, and I haven’t really gotten around to reading the trilogy yet, but hey, it’s probably one of the bigger films of 2015, so let’s talk about it.

So while I didn’t really understand most of the trailer in terms of plot, I am rather excited about some of the new cast additions, most significantly Octavia Spencer and Naomi Watts. I know their roles are rather small, but I loved Octavia in The Help and Naomi was really good in The Impossible. Continue reading

Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer (Discussion/Thoughts)

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So unless you haven’t been on the internet for the past week or so, you’d probably know that the first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer came out awhile back; apparently it was meant to be attached to a certain Agents of Shield episode (which I watch), but it was leaked so we got it early (thanks lol). And omg it’s pretty amazing. Currently on Youtube, it’s at about 43 million views (and climbing by the second), and I remember when it first came out, 301 views changed instantly to millions within a day lol.

But anyway, I’ll just give a quick breakdown of the trailer and stuff… plus some views on it. I further discuss it below, with some “research” I did to help. This was the “commentary-esque” kind of thing I wrote down the first second time I watched it.

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0.07 – 0.10: that scenery looks expensive already

0.16: this reminds me of civil war for some reason :O

0.22 ooo Capt.

0.25 Finally some Hawkeye

0.26 THOR

0.30 Creepy Banner

0.32 …. Ultron?

0.40 omg

0.48 where is that it looks beautiful

0.53-0.57 chills

0.59 Black Widow?

1.02 ULTRON

1.04 QuickSilver and Scarlet Witch… traitors? :O Is this some Zoe Saldana situation like in GOTG again? Aaron and Elizabeth look awesome tho.

1.06-1.07 holy shit

1.08 what does he see lol

1.09 what was that

1.18-1.19 chillsss

1.20 – 1.24 omg this scene. I heard that apparently it took 2 years to fully create :O. (Hulk vs Iron Man) And it’s a large part to do with the whole “civil war” storyline apparently.

1.26 Some “SHIELD” action

1.28 – 1.30 Their powers look so cool :D. TBH I think what I’m looking forward most to in this Avengers is Scarlet Witch/QuickSilver. Also because I love both Aaron and Elizabeth.

1.33 ..Andy Serkis?

1.35 Hulk/Black Widow?

1.36 Ballet?

1.37 HAWKEYE

1.41 – 1.45 2 years in the making

1.46 – 1.47 lol they always show Scarlet/QuickSilver back2back

1.49 omg

1.52 OMG (THE BROKEN SHIELD)

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OK, so as you can infer from that incoherent rambling, there are so many questions to be asked about this upcoming film, and this trailer has just thrown even more questions at our faces. I did do a little bit of research, and found out some stuff out:

Firstly: Andy Serkis. So rumour has it that Andy Serkis is actually playing the Marvel comic book villain Ulysses Klaw, a villain  which is apparently kind of discernible from that one shot in the trailer where we see him. (at 1.33) Here is the shot:

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The evidence I found is as follow:

” …First of all, with his unique chin-strap beard and odd haircut, he looks like the spitting image of his comic book counterpart. And then there’s the fact that Serkis’ character appears to be on a freighter with “Zanzibar” written on its side, which isn’t far from Black Panther’s fictional African nation of Wakanda.”

(credit: http://screencrush.com/avengers-2-andy-serkis-ulysses-klaw/)

Does that mean we might have a Black Panther movie sooner than we think? :O Those people at Marvel sure love toying with us.

Next, CIVIL WAR.

First of all, the Hulk vs Iron Man fight scene looks AWESOME already, can’t wait. Plus throughout the trailer, you can definitely see a lot of unrest within the Avengers, including that scene where Thor lifts Tony by his throat, Tony’s line: “It’s the end, the end of the path I started us on.” Plus of course the broken shield… what does that mean?

Though one scene that caught my eye was at 1.35, where Hulk/Black Widow appear to be sharing a Spock/Kirk moment of some sort, and that tells me that The Avengers likely won’t go completely all out against each other in this second instalment (a little like the start of the first one), though… it’s bound to happen soon.

Oh yea, and I’m really hoping that they put more of Hawkeye in this. From this trailer alone, I can’t really tell anything about how big a role he will play in the movie, or if he takes on any epic scenes etc, but since he’s been completely overlooked in pretty much all the Phase 2 movies, I’m hoping they’ll give him a big part here.

Next, Scarlet/QuickSilver. I’ve seen the X-Men version of QuickSilver (played by Evan Peters), and they seem to be completely different people altogether (which is good, I guess). Physically, there are some similarities (Crystal finds Aaron more attractive though), but the “flash” animation (sorry, DC) looks different, plus that scene of 1.04 made me have a darker view of the two of them. (A bit like Zoe in GOTG) We’ve all seen the Captain America end-credits scene, with the two of them, and I remember my heart beating so quickly at the last part, where Scarlet Witch is controlling those little cube things.

I like her look here; it’s quite similar to the one in the comics, and her powers look rather similar as well. I’ve a feeling the highlight for me in this film would be every time her hand glows red with power.

Oh yea, and I kind of have to add the fact that Aaron and Elizabeth played husband/wife in Godzilla early this year, and now they’re playing siblings, lol. Reminds me so much of Shailene/Ansel in Divergent/The Fault in Our Stars.

Anyway, that’s about it from me, and overall, the trailer was, to put it simply, awesome. If you haven’t already watched it, you have to watch it here.

What do you think? You picked out anything else from the trailer?

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-J.K