Welcome back to Trailer Talk, where I talk about the latest trailers and teasers for upcoming movies. Let’s get started.
The next DC movie that’s coming out this year is not related to the DCEU, but a stand-alone film that takes place in its own continuity. Joker, directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix. I’ve seen people online praise this trailer and talk about how good the movie looks and I’m sitting here looking at it with a big fat meh. Yeah, I don’t care for this. I’m not 100% against the idea of a story exploring the psyche of someone who gets twisted into a world of crime, but this is the Joker we’re talking about. What makes this villain iconic is both his interaction with Batman and the mystery surrounding his origins. This isn’t me saying that different interpretations of this character can’t exist, it’s me not finding this particular interpretation that interesting, reducing the Clown Prince of Crime to just a regular dude who had a bad day. In other words, one-half of The Killing Joke.
I will say that it looks well-shot and there are some good actors involved, which is where this film will earn most of its praises. Still, this trailer doesn’t hook me and I doubt any future trailers for this will.
THE LION KING (2019)
Oh, I have some thoughts on this one. I’ll say it for the millionth time: I love the original Lion King. It’s one of my favorite movies of all time and I hold it to high regards. So you can imagine my skepticism when Disney announced that they were remaking this film, directed by Jon Favreau, who directed the 2016 Jungle Book remake. That film will give you a pretty good idea of what to expect from this upcoming remake, that of photorealistic CGI animals. While this is some pretty impressive technology, there’s two issues that arise from this: character design and facial expressions. Not that I want to compare this to the original, but I have to. When you go this realistic route, it takes away the unique designs that made the characters stand out, making it harder to tell who’s who with certain characters. And because there’s a lack of expressions on the characters’ faces (going by the trailers alone), it’ll make the emotional moments in the film much harder to get invested in. The movie has a good cast that I can get behind, even if we haven’t heard much from them.
Okay, let’s talk about Scar. See what I mean when it comes to character designs? They basically took a lion who hadn’t eaten for days, gave him a scar, and boom. Scar. You couldn’t have made his mane a little darker? Lions with black manes do exist. That’s not the only problem I have with this Scar. There’s also the voice acting. Instead of Jeremy Irons, who voiced Scar in the original, the remake went with Chiwetel Ejiofor, who just doesn’t have the same sinister delivery as Irons. Maybe I’m wrong about this and this Scar is much better than I’m giving credit for. Honestly, I wish I could be excited for this movie, especially with all the talent behind it (including James Earl Jones returning as Mufasa). But this seems no different from any of the other live-action Disney remakes where it looks to be like a shot-by-shot recreation with a few changes here and there. Regardless of how I feel, this movie is going to make a killing at the box office. Still, I doubt it’ll be as timeless as the original.
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
Whew. I think I need a moment after watching this teaser.
A few weeks ago, Star Wars Celebration occurred in Chicago and there, J.J. Abrams held a panel dedicated to Star Wars: Episode IX, which he’s directing, and during that panel, they showed the teaser which revealed the title of the film to be Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. I enjoyed this teaser. Not much is shown in terms of plot. We see Rey attempting to outrun who I think is Kylo Ren in a TIE fighter and she jumps with a lightsaber in her hand. There’s also Finn rocking a new hairstyle and Poe Dameron in a new outfit, a new droid who assists the crew, Lando Calrissian is back, played once again by Billy Dee Williams, and I’m forgetting something else. What is it?
Oh, yeah. Emperor Palpatine is back as well. You hear his laugh at the end of the trailer before the title reveal. I’m interested in seeing how they bring this character back because last time I remembered, Darth Vader threw Palpatine down a reactor. Is this some new evolution of the dark side of the Force? Who knows? With Rise Of Skywalker being the final movie of the sequel trilogy, I hope it ties up plot threads that were established in the last two films and I hope it ends up being great, especially after The Last Jedi split the fandom into two. I doubt it’ll match the success of Endgame, but this movie will be huge. One last thing before I move on, I wanna show you this.
That put a smile on my face. After all of the toxic bullshit that Kelly Marie Tran has went through, it’s nice to see the positive, supportive side of fandom standing by her side. Let’s move on.
HOBBS & SHAW
Hobbs & Shaw is a spinoff film from the strangely profitable Fast & Furious franchise, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw as they go up against a terrorist named Brixton Lore, played by Idris Elba. Holy shit, this trailer. I was smiling from the first scene all the way to the last. It’s the kind of brainless, nonsensical, Saturday morning cartoon insanity that wouldn’t be out of place in an 80s or 90s action flick. This series has went from cars and family to being one step closer to superheroes. This is now a superhero franchise. The Rock and Jason Statham fighting a genetically-enhanced Idris Elba who literally called himself the black Superman. There’s a virus that could wipe out half of the population. Sounds like some Thanos shit to me. They head over to Samoa where The Rock’s family resides (including WWE wrestler Roman Reigns) and they fight the bad guys with sticks and clubs. But that’s not the most insane part of the trailer. No, that’s at the end where they’re getting chased down by a helicopter, so they throw a hooked chain at the helicopter and connect it to the cars and…
BRUH!! Look at this. This is a scene similar to the one in Captain America: Civil War where Cap was holding down a helicopter with his own arms.
That was just one of many moments of sheer lunacy that exists within this trailer and I love every second of it. On a sidenote, I rarely watch reaction videos, but the ones I watch the most revolve around movie trailers and Andre “Black Nerd” had the best reaction video to this particular trailer. His reaction was mine. Watch it for yourself and try not to laugh.
If there is one issue I have, it’s that they showed WAY too much. All of the major plot beats have been hit with this one, they might as well have given away some major spoilers. Hopefully, they didn’t pull a Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on us where we saw all of the best scenes. This is actually the first time I’m legitimately excited for a Fast & Furious film to come out. Is the plot going to be any good? Fuck no, but that’s not what people are going into this movie for. They’re going into it for four things: The Rock, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, and the over-the-top action. It’s going to be one of those “don’t think too much about it, shut your brain off, and enjoy the ride” popcorn flicks.
It’s the Fresh Prince vs I Am Legend in Gemini Man, directed by Ang Lee. In this film, Will Smith plays a veteran assassin who goes up against a younger version of himself. It’s like the filmmakers got inspired to do an action movie based on this image.
It seems that Marvel isn’t the only ones who have perfected de-aging CGI because the younger Will Smith looks pretty damn impressive. It’s like they went back to 1996 and brought Will Smith to this year. This movie caught my attention with this trailer and I’m interested in seeing how it plays out.
MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL
Here comes the Men In Black. I really like the original movie as it’s one of my favorite films starring Will Smith. The second movie was okay-ish and the third one? Well, there’s a reason nobody talks about the third movie. Now, the MIB are back, but instead of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, it stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. So it’s Thor and Valkyrie teaming up to fight aliens in a secret government agency. I’m down for it. It looks like a lot of fun and it looks to build upon the world of the MIB much further. I bet it’s going to be hilarious, especially when you have Chris Hemsworth, who’s really good at comedy. And of course, Tessa Thompson is a queen. I’m going to keep my eye on this one.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
As someone who used to be part of the Sonic The Hedgehog fanbase, I honestly feel bad for Sonic fans. They have so much passion for this franchise, yet Sega keeps on shitting on them every time with mediocre project after mediocre project. This time around, they’re doing a movie with Paramount and instead of it being fully animated (which is honestly the best way to do a Sonic movie), it’s gonna be a live-action/CGI hybrid. Because that worked out so well in the past, right?
I’m going to be frank: this movie looks like shit. The jokes sucks, the lines suck, the CGI looks unfinished, even the music choice is terrible. Gangsta’s Paradise? Seriously? Of all of the great music that came out of the Sonic games, they went instead with a gangsta rap song from 1995 that does not fit at all. And then there’s the design of Sonic himself. Dear sweet baby Jesus, what did they do to Sonic? It’s like they tried to make him look as realistic as possible while not realizing that they’re doing a movie about a blue hedgehog who can run really fast. His face looks creepy, he’s not wearing gloves, and his shoes are just wrong. This comes out in the same year as Detective Pikachu, which manages to make Pokémon look realistic and maintain their iconic look. If there is one saving grace to this, it’s Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik. He looks to be putting on his most Jim Carrey performance in years. He probably saw what he working on and said, “Fuck it, I’m gonna ham it up.” Still, I don’t think that alone is enough to save this film from being a dumpster fire.
And that’s it for Trailer Talk. Leave your thoughts in the comments below and let me know what you think.