Welcome back to Trailer Talk, where I talk about the latest trailers and teasers for upcoming movies. A belated Happy New Year to everyone and I hope things went well for you so far in 2020. Let’s get started.
NO TIME TO DIE
First, we have No Time To Die, which is the latest film in the ongoing James Bond franchise. I’ll admit that I’m no expert on James Bond as I only know the basics of the series through pop culture. The most that I’ve watched are the recent ones starring Daniel Craig. I did like Skyfall, but I have yet to see Spectre. Anyways, No Time To Die. It gives you exactly what you expect out of a James Bond movie; kickass stunts, a lot of spy action and mystery, and James Bond himself being cool. It looks like Bond is coming out of retirement for one last mission, which puts him at odds with another 007 agent. Not much else I can say, this looks to be another entertaining edition to the Bond franchise.
Next, we have another trailer from the live-action Mulan remake. This is one of those remakes that I’m perfectly okay with because they’re doing something different with this one. They’re taking the basic plot threads of the original animated musical and turning them into what appears to be a more serious non-musical action film while adding new things. Also, when I heard the Reflection instrumental, I legit had chills and that wasn’t even my favorite song from that movie. Mickey certainly knows how to hook people in. If I had one gripe with this film, however, it’s that I’m not feeling the main actress who plays Mulan. I’m not saying she’s bad (the movie isn’t even out yet), but I’m not getting a Mulan vibe from her so far. That’s the only complaint I have so far. This could end up being one of the better Disney live-action remakes. If they fuck this up, well, I’ll let Mushu speak.
I’ve always wondered what a Grand Theft Auto movie was going to be like. Then came Free Guy, which is about a NPC (non-playable character), played by Ryan Reynolds, in a video game world who decides to become an action hero. This is basically Grand Theft Auto Online meets The LEGO Movie and Wreck-It Ralph. It seems like in recent years, Ryan Reynolds is just playing himself, which seems no different from his roles in Deadpool and Detective Pikachu. This looks really dumb and a lot of fun at the same time. I laughed at the beginning of the trailer when they said, “From the studio that brought you Beauty And The Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King twice.” Also, thanks to this trailer, I can’t get Fantasy by Mariah Carey out of my head. Not that I’m complaining. I’m interested in seeing how this film goes.
WONDER WOMAN 1984
Well, here’s one of my most anticipated movies of the year. The first Wonder Woman was a welcome breath of fresh air after the double whammies of BvS and Suicide Squad. So a sequel was no surprise and thus, we have Wonder Woman 1984 with Patty Jenkins back as director and let me tell you, I’m hyped. I’m digging the 80s vibe that they’re going for, from the music to the visuals to even the the fact that it takes place in the 80s. What I’m most interested in is the story. I’m curious to see how they bring back Steve Trevor even though he supposedly died in the first film. The villains of this movie are going to be Maxwell Lord, a thinner, better looking version of Donald Trump (yes, I went there) who’s played by Pedro Pascal, and Cheetah, played by Kristen Wiig. I can’t wait to see how the latter would look when transformed. Oh, and the action we see so far is FUCKING AWESOME. DUDE, WONDY USED HER LASSO TO SWING FROM LIGHTNING!! And how could we forget about the Golden Eagle armor?
Inject all of it into my veins. June can’t come soon enough.
The whole Ghostbusters 2016 debacle made me realize how trash fandom can be. All of that noise over a movie that was just okay overall. When that film underperformed at the box office, Sony decided to push forward a direct sequel to the first two with both a new cast and the original returning to reprise their roles. I’m honestly not that excited for two reasons. One, the window to make a Ghostbusters 3 passed years ago, especially after Harold Ramis died. Two, it looks like a Stranger Things ripoff. A small town is haunted by a supernatural presence, plus 80s nostalgia. Not helping is that one of the kids from Stranger Things is in the movie as well. I’m over Ghostbusters by this point, so I’ll just move on to something else.
Well, leave it to Christopher Nolan to make a movie where I have no idea what the hell is going on and I mean that in a good way. From what I know, Tenet is an action thriller, starring John David Washington (Denzel’s son) and the new Batman himself Robert Pattinson, that involves stopping World War III (too late) and time travel. Yep, this is one of THOSE Nolan films with a complex plot. And you know what? I’m looking forward to it. Christopher Nolan has always been one of the most consistent directors in terms of high quality films and I have complete faith in him to deliver something that’s at least solid and engaging.
THE NEW MUTANTS
Dude, I forgot this movie was even a thing. A little backstory: The New Mutants is a film in Fox’s X-Men franchise that was originally slated for an 2018 release, but it kept getting pushed back numerous times and in the aftermath of Disney buying Fox, it got a finalized release date of April this year. The latest trailer just came out yesterday and I’m for it despite being burned out by Dark Phoenix. One of the great things about the superhero genre is its versatility and how it can be molded into any genre you can think of, whether it’d be science fiction, fantasy, action, adventure, comedy, drama, etc. New Mutants leans into the horror lens as we see a group of mutant teens who are trapped in an institution and have to find a way to escape. I hope that they lean heavy into the horror aspects just to stand out among the other superhero movies that are out. Oh, and the villain that our protagonists are going to face off against? A demonic bear that can draw out negative emotions out of people. Did I ever mentioned that comics are weird? Because comics are weird.
And that’s it for Trailer Talk. Leave your thoughts in the comments below and let me know what you think.