Thursday, August 8, 2013

Trailer Reviews: "Her", "Monuments Men", "Captain Phillips"

Here are some more trailer reviews, mostly for Oscar favorites:


The new film from George Clooney starring himself, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett and that guy from The Artist. Check out the first trailer for the Oscar favorite: 

Trailer Grade: C+

I'm still very excited for The Monuments Men. It's got a great cast, a nice look to it, and it sort of seems like it's trying to mix Inglourious Basterds and Argo, which can't really go wrong. But this was a really poor trailer. It starts off solid, mixing a bit of wartime intensity with a quirky, comedic vibe. But as the song in the trailer kicks in, I didn't know what the heck this movie was. The trailer just didn't get me excited to see the film, and thus, didn't do it's job. I still look forward to seeing this film, but my anticipation has been lowered slightly. 

The Monuments Men hits theaters on December 18. 


Spike Jonze's new film about a man who falls in love with an operating system starring Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, and Scarlett Johannson. Check it out: 

Trailer Grade: A

This is a film that I had been slightly intrigued in before watching this trailer. I hated Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are, but the oddball sci-fi romance sounded cool. Plus, the cast is full of great actors and actresses. But based on the synopsis, I thought that this might be a little dark and a little crazy. Nothing wrong with that, it had me excited. The trailer goes in a completely different direction, making the romance feel real and believable. Her looks visually fantastic with a slick, pleasing look. That's always a plus. But when you add to that a cool, innovative story and what looks like a great performance from Joaquin Phoenix. Now, you have my attention. 

Her opens in theaters November 20. 


Captain Phillips tells the story of Richard Phillips, a sea captain who's ship was hijacked by Somalian pirates in 2009. The film is directed by Paul Greengrass and stars Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener and Max Martini. Check out the second trailer: 

Trailer Grade: A-

This was a great trailer and the film is surely one of my most anticipated of the year. I love the last two Bourne movies that Greengrass directed and it looks like he's taking those films and mixing them with the procedural drama of Zero Dark Thirty, which can't be a bad thing. However, while I think that the film is going to be very good, I'm slightly nervous about the way that the narrative will be handled. It could be a film that lags in its middle section. If Greengrass can keep the pace solid throughout, and get good performances from Hanks and the rest of the cast, we could be in for an awards season treat with Captain Phillips. 

Captain Phillips hits theaters October 11.

That's it for today. 

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