Welcome to “Trailer Tuesday” where I talk about trailers for upcoming movies, since I’ve always found them to be endlessly fascinating.
Instead of one trailer today, you’re getting four! There have been a slew of new trailers, all of which are somewhat interesting but none of which are enough to really get me excited. So instead of either wasting an entire post on each or skipping them altogether, I figured I’d hit as many as I can at once. Let’s look at the new trailers for Interstellar, Godzilla, Jupiter Ascending and Edge of Tomorrow.
First up, Interstellar:
This is by far the most traditionally “interesting” trailer of the bunch. It tells us basically nothing about the story of the film, other than indicating that it involves space and is about the enduring pioneering spirit of humanity. The trailer gives us a lecture-like voiceover from Matthew McConaughey set to images from our past, including the Dust Bowl, breaking the sound barrier, the Gemini and Apollo missions as well as the Space Shuttle. Other than the final, informational lists, the movie doesn’t brag about its big-name talent. Written and directed by Christopher Nolan and starring McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Caine, Matt Damon, John Lithgow and others, it certainly could choose to brag.
However, I can’t help but wonder, while watching this trailer, how the film would look if Steven Spielberg, its original director, were at the helm. I’m not exactly a big Christopher Nolan fan (the only film of his I truly love is Memento), and I actually strongly disliked Inception. So, suffice to say, I’m intrigued by Interstellar, but I’m not at all sold yet. It needs to show me a lot more before I sign up. One thing I did love about the trailer was its ending. “One Year From Now” is a unique little touch.
Next up, Godzilla:
I love a good giant monster movie. Of course, there’s no way to know if this new version of Godzilla will be a good giant monster movie. Also, my taste in this area may be questionable considering I’m one of the few people I know who really enjoys the campy 1998 version with Matthew Broderick, even if I freely admit that it’s not a true Godzilla film. The trailer for this new version actually mirrors some of the imagery of that film, especially in the scenes of destruction (the hole in the building in particular), but obviously has a very different tone to it. Director Gareth Edwards has assembled a pretty good cast, including David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen and Ken Wanatabe, but it’s far too soon to tell if the film will be any good. The entire point of the trailer seems to be to reveal the return to a classic Godzilla design (which is a very good thing for an American version), but I was so disappointed in Pacific Rim that I have some strong misgivings about this one. Have to wait and see, I guess. (One hilarious comment I saw about the trailer said that the red smoke trails from the parachuting troops looked like someone had dropped fishfood into a giant tank for Godzilla to eat.)
Next, Jupiter Ascending:
This trailer definitely earns the “What the hell was that?” award. I’m a pretty big fan of the Wachowskis. I was as enthralled as everyone else by The Matrix, and while I hated the 2nd one, I loved Matrix Revolutions. And while I still have yet to see Cloud Atlas (blasphemy!), Speed Racer is an unappreciated masterpiece and is a frequent movie night choice in our house. I honestly have almost no idea what’s going on in this trailer, however. I guess Mila Kunis is some kind of queen or something, and Channing Tatum is an alien sent to rescue her, and Sean Bean is hanging around being awesome. But I’m so distracted by Tatum’s facial hair that it’s hard to focus on the trailer. I will say that I love the music being used here, even if it may bear no resemblance to the final product by Michael Giacchino (who has become my favorite film composer at the moment after John Williams). Interestingly, I read that Giacchino actually began composing the film’s music before shooting was even finished, which almost never happens, so I’ll be curious to see how that works out in the final product.
Lastly, Edge of Tomorrow:
I feel like we saw at least 85% of the film in that trailer, practically enough to be able to guess the entirety of the plot. Tom Cruise plays an untrained solider who is fighting aliens of some sort and starts to experience a time loop, Groundhog Day-style, repeating the same day over and over again and presumably dying each time. He gets trained by Emily Blunt to become a better solider (just like Bill Murray learning to play the piano), who has apparently experienced a similar phenomenon before. I would be willing to guess that he keeps trying harder and harder to win the battle, and along the way he learns that there is a more important mission or some kind of conspiracy that is more important than the battle, but that’s just speculation. Edge of Tomorrow has a similar aesthetic to other recent sci-fi films, like Oblivion or Elysium, but in director Doug Liman at least the film has someone who really knows his way around action. I generally like Tom Cruise as an actor, and Emily Blunt is always a joy to watch, so I might give this one a chance.
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What do you think? Do any of these sci-fi films look interesting to you? Do any of the actors, writers or directors catch your eye? If you could only see one, which one would you pick? Would you have preferred Spielberg to direct Interstellar? Am I the only one who liked the 1998 Godzilla? What the hell is going on in Jupiter Ascending? Which trailer catches your attention the best, even if you’re not interested in the movie? Let me know in the comments!