Welcome back to Trailer Talk, where I talk about the latest trailers and teasers for upcoming movies. Let’s get started.
When Disney announced that a Frozen sequel was happening, like many people, I was skeptical. This was the point where they were milking this franchise like there’s no tomorrow and this seems to be no different. But I have to admit that the trailers for Frozen II made me curious. Seems like we’re getting another adventure film where we find out the origins of Elsa’s ice powers and they’re alluding to a threat that only she can save the world from. What it is, we don’t know. My theory is that there’s others like Elsa who has powers and that’s who our main characters are going up against. That scene of Elsa fighting the ocean? Maybe there’s somebody behind the scenes who has water powers. There’s also those pink flames and Elsa is hiding from a rock golem. Again, I’m just theorizing like anyone else. I could be completely wrong. Still, this trailer looks good. I like the animation and the soundtrack. Will this be as good as the original Frozen? I don’t know. But this could ride the wave of the original film, which is currently the highest grossing animated film of all time, to become a box office smash.
Doctor Sleep is a film adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name, which happens to be a sequel to The Shining, which has a well-known film adaptation by the late Stanley Kubrick. In Doctor Sleep, Danny Torrance, played by Ewan McGregor, has grown up and is still trying to move on from the events of The Shining, but he comes across a young girl who has the same psychic abilities as he does, which is known as the shine. They find themselves faced against a cult who feeds upon children with the shine. This trailer definitely sells the film as a Shining sequel, featuring recreations of the iconic scenes from the Kubrick film. This movie can go at any direction, it could either be good, bad, or somewhere in the middle. We’ll have to wait and see.
TROLLS WORLD TOUR
Remember in the last Trailer Talk when I said that DreamWorks has always been a mixed bag in terms of movies? Well, this looks to be an example of DreamWorks at their worst. I haven’t seen Trolls in its entirety, but most of what I saw gave me the impression of a typical bad DreamWorks film that focused more on celebrity voice casts and doing covers of popular songs than telling an engaging story. It also gave us that Justin Timberlake song Can’t Stop The Feeling, which has not held up well with time. Trolls World Tour seems to be more of the same. This time around, the main characters discover that they’re one of many troll tribes in existence and that their ancestors created magical strings that are powered by six different music genres: rock, pop, classical, country, techno, and funk. The villains of this movie are the rock trolls who are looking to collect all six strings and use them to destroy the other tribes. Imagine the rock trolls as Thanos and the strings as Infinity Stones. In other words, DreamWorks are making their own kid-friendly version of Infinity War. Creativity, ladies and gentlemen. Also, why do I get the feeling that making the rock trolls the bad guys is the movie taking shots against rock fans? Wouldn’t it have make sense to make the pop trolls the bad guys? Watching this trailer, the only reaction I got from it was a big ol’ meh. Then, they introduced a hip-hop troll and I said, “fuck you, DreamWorks.” There’s no way in hell I’m wasting money and time on this one.
BLACK AND BLUE
So I recently came across this trailer on Facebook and wow, how did I miss this? Black And Blue seems to tell the story of a rookie police officer, played by Naomie Harris, who captures footage of a bunch of crooked cops murdering a young drug dealer through her body cam. Now, she’s on the run from them and a bunch of criminals led by Luke Cage himself, Mike Coulter. This feels way too appropriate and timely considering that there’s police officers getting away with murder. Granted, a good idea means nothing if it’s not executed properly and chances are this movie could just be another generic crime movie. Plus, looking at the director’s filmography doesn’t really boost a lot of confidence as a lot of his stuff has been panned by critics. So I wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t get good reviews.
CHARLIE’S ANGELS (2019)
Charlie’s Angels was a television series that ran five seasons from 1976 to 1981 and it was about three women who works with an unseen Charlie to fight crime. It spawned a franchise that included two movies starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu and a 2011 reboot series that only lasted one season due to low ratings and scathing reviews. Well, now there’s a new Charlie’s Angels movie coming out this year written and directed by Elizabeth Banks and starring Kristen Stewart and Naomi Scott. I don’t have any strong feelings for this. I mean, there are some cool scenes every now and then, but it’s not really wowing me since I never was a Charlie’s Angels fan. Also, they’re promoting a new song with Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, and Lana Del Rey. Not a fan. At best, this could be an entertaining girl power movie. At worst, this could be like Men In Black International where it’s a continuation of a franchise that no one cares about anymore.
JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, the sequel to the 1995 original, was the surprise hit of 2017 as a ridiculously fun ride to close out the year. Two years later, we have a sequel which is called Jumanji: The Next Level. Watching this trailer, I can’t help but think that this is another case of sequel-itis. The kids get stuck in the game and must find their way out… again. That’s concerning. But, hey. Danny DeVito and Danny Glover are in this movie and their characters get stuck in the game as well. I don’t know. Maybe this movie will surprise me like Welcome To The Jungle did and be at least entertaining.
And that’s it for Trailer Talk. Leave your thoughts in the comments below and let me know what you think.