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Can there really be too much of a good thing? I suppose that would all hinge upon what someone viewed as a good thing to begin with, but let me immediately digress and answer my own question in regards to movie trailers specifically. The answer is no.
Thanks to Comic-Con striking San Diego and the eve of the Fall and movie season, Hollywood has recently unleashed a wave of high profile trailers that include, but are not limited to, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, the teaser for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part I, the fantasy conclusion The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, reboot/sequel Mad Max: Fury Road, Alexandre Aja’s Horns and Kevin Smith’s Tusk – and breathe.
Sci-fi geeks, Nolan-ites and blockbuster fans at large have all had wide eyes on Christopher Nolan’s follow-up to Inception and The Dark Knight Trilogy, a still rather mysterious intergalactic tale involving wormholes and the attempted salvation of human kind by a team of adventurers. This first full look does not offer much more in terms of in-depth plot details, only that it will center on a father (Matthew McConaughey) and his female astronaut partner’s (Anne Hathaway) quest to find a habitable planet as an alternative home for the occupants of a failing Earth. The visuals, as expected, are stunning and a core human element seems to be present among all the CGI splendour.
It also remains to be seen if this venture will be more in the vein of a psychological thriller like 2001 or Sunshine or more action oriented like the recent Gravity. Whatever the case this project remains immensely intriguing to this writer (and many others) and with Nolan’s clout and McConaughey’s undeniable resurgence as an A-lister, Interstellar should be a must see regardless of if it lives up to the hype.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part I
Say what you will about the studio’s decision to yet again split the final book of an adapted franchise but more like Harry Potter and unlike Twilight, The Hunger Games franchise has at least maintained a very high level of quality coming into these final chapters, so an expended visit to this dystopian world feels nothing like an unwelcome slog. In this trailer we get more of the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the leader of the resistance, Julianne Moore as District 13 President Alma Coin and of course the Girl on Fire herself as she preps to become the leader of the rebellion her followers need her to become.
As these films have progressed, so to has the tone become appropriately more dour, and this brief look certainly promises more bloodshed and heartbreak. With the war-centric plotline of the final book, Mockingjay as a whole certainly has the potential to be the most epic and intense of the bunch, and with returning talent in front of and behind the camera that have proven themselves in the past, this should be another successful instalment in the already mega popular series.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Sporting a new title littered with a certain definite article, the previously entitled The Hobbit: There and Back Again has unleashed its first trailer, one that promises more dragon fire, overhauled battles and supersized CGI then you could shake a staff at. The first Hobbit films have landed with mixed if certainly not negative reception, with the main qualms coming from the unnecessary stretching of the book into three films and the ham-fisted cartoonish action sequences which pale in comparison to those featured in The Lord of the Rings Saga. All that being said, we’re likely to see a dramatic culmination of events in Five Armies and with more focus seeming to be placed on climactic battles, it should prove to be the most mature of this arguably more juvenile series of films.
Mad Max: Fury Road
After what has been a long time coming for fans of Mad Max, dystopian actioniers, Tom Hardy, George Miller or a combination of the above, the first trailer has debuted for the troubled Mad Max: Fury Road, and what a trailer it is. Much emphasis has been put on Miller’s use of practical effects for many of the action scenes, and boy does it show here. Coupled with some stunning cinematography, awesome set design and badass costumes and makeup and this could prove to be one of 2015’s biggest winners, even if it can not recoup inflated budget. The trailer speaks for itself and it’s pure Aussie mayhem all the way.
Unlike a number of child stars coming from an auspicious start, Harry Potter alum Daniel Radcliffe has proven himself to be a diverse young thespian, straddling a number of genres and always turning out very strong work that does not at all call to mind his boy wizard days. In what could be his most bizarre and daring foray yet, Radcliffe stars in Alexandre Aja’s Horns about a twenty something who grows, you guessed it, horns with odd happenings coming along with his fancy new deformity. Dark humour and horror all seem to be at play in what is quickly looking like one of the most unique genre entries to hit theaters this year.
Sorry, was I just speaking about unique genre entries? Well one needn’t look much further than Kevin Smith’s Tusk, a bizarre looking horror comedy whereby a deranged old man (Michael Parks) endeavours to transform a captive reporter (Justin Long) into a Walrus. No need to say more, just check out the trailer and soak the lunacy in for yourself.