Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Trailers! Trailers! Trailers! New previews debut for 'Pan', 'Scorch Trials', 'Steve Jobs' and more

We're in the thick of the summer movie season, which means that people are flocking to the movie theater in droves. It also means that the studios are starting to shell out trailers for some of their most anticipated late summer and fall movies. Although the trailer for Steve Jobs hit the web on Sunday night, Tuesday saw the release of four new trailers and overwhelmed the online film community. It was a lot to handle and I'm sure we'll be seeing even more trailers hit the web later this week. But for now, let's break down the trailers that we did get, starting with Pixels.

This full trailer for Pixels was certainly better than the first one. The initial teaser that played during March Madness was absolutely awful and made the film look intolerable. The full trailer for the film is slightly funnier, even though it recycles some of the same beats. Even though I'm not overly excited for this flick, I will maintain that the concept is pure genius- a group of middle-aged video game experts have to join together to save the world. There are some funny bits in here and I feel like Gad and Dinklage could save the movie, but ultimately, this looks like a film targeted squarely at kids who will surely eat this thing up. For now, my excitement remains at a pretty low level. Pixels is directed by Chris Columbus, stars Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Michelle Monaghan, Sean Bean and Ashley Benson and will hit theaters on July 24, 2015. Now, let's move on to We Are Your Friends.

To be completely honest with you, I had heard absolutely nothing about this film before I watched the trailer. All I knew was that Zac Efron was doing DJ stuff in California. But surprisingly, this was a really great trailer that got me excited for the film. The trailer started to lose steam as it got sappier and more sentimental in its second half but the first half moved with an energy that was engaging, fun and palpable. For a late summer release, We Are Your Friends has a pretty solid cast (Ratajkowski, Bernthal, Weston, Bentley) and a nice vibe. I'm actually very excited to see this one now. The trailer did its job well. We Are Your Friends is directed by Max Joseph, stars Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski, Jonny Weston, Wes Bentley, Jon Bernthal and Shiloh Fernandez and hits theaters on August 28, 2015. Now, it's time to move on to Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.

The Maze Runner was a solid little B-movie and from what I remember, The Scorch Trials was the best book in the series. This trailer was very effective, perfectly mixing what I liked about the first movie (the wild sci-fi premise and enticing visuals) with a bigger scope that promises more action and more suspense. The cast is good and even though this isn't one of my most anticipated of the year, I'll gladly go and check this one out when it hits theaters. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is directed by Wes Ball, stars Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aidan Gillen, Kaya Scodelario, Ki Hong Lee, Giancarlo Esposito, Nathalie Emmanuel, Patricia Clarkson, Barry Pepper, Katharine McNamara and Lili Taylor, and hits theaters on September 18, 2015. Time to move on and take a look at Joe Wright's Pan.

Pan was just moved from July to October, and judging by this trailer, I think that was a smart move. I don't want to pass judgement too early on what appears to be a unique and interesting movie, but I did not enjoy this trailer at all. The movie looks like a visual hodgepodge of styles, all used with the goal of being edgy and different. It's not to say that I don't like a revisionist fantasy film, but this one just seems like it's drowning in visual effects. Wright could surprise us, yet I think we should all brace for disaster with this one. Pan is directed by Joe Wright, stars Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfried and Cara Delevingne and debuts on October 9, 2015. Finally, let's take a look at the first brief trailer for Steve Jobs.

This trailer shows us next to nothing from the movie, and yet, was still more fascinating than most of the trailers I've discussed today. The artistic way that they closed in on Jobs was very interesting and I liked the style and structure of the trailer. This is going to be an incredibly intriguing film based on what Boyle and Sorkin have said about it, and I can't wait to see what Fassbender is able to do with this character. Steve Jobs is directed by Danny Boyle, stars Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Katharine Waterston, John Ortiz and Michael Stuhlbarg and will hit theaters on October 9, 2015.

That's it for my trailer wrap-up today. Come back later for more reviews, breakdowns and trailer reports.

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