The title sounds like the start of a terrible joke.
Anyway, I have been out of the cinema loop for about 8 weeks, there just hasn’t been time. Or rather, I haven’t been willing to make the time for the films that have been out. That is changing this weekend with the release of Joker. What it also means is I haven’t watched nearly as many trailers as I normally would, just because the films releasing them haven’t enticed me enough to even watch a trailer. That all changed this week.
First off, I will start with a trailer for a film I forgot was being made; The Kings Man. The Kingsman world is one rife for more stories, although a huge part of the first films success was down to Taron Edgerton, Colin Firth and Mark Strong among other cast members. This one is a prequel and looks like it goes back to the formation of the Kingsman organisation.
Ralph Fiennes is an excellent actor and he looks like he is all in for the role just like Colin Firth was in the first film. The rest of the cast is just as talented as the previous films, so the potential is certainly there. These films are defined by their Director’s flair than any other franchise currently running, with Matthew Vaughn’s style evident all over the trailer. He has a knack for making everything look and feel awesome, especially action sequences, and this appears to be no exception to that. It looks a little like a World War II movie but in his style, which is something I didn’t know I wanted to see. It comes out on Valentine’s Day next year, so it’s closer than I expected, and I am looking forward to seeing what it has to offer.
The biggest trailer this week in my opinion was for the upcoming DC film Birds of Prey. It’s called Birds of Prey, hinting at a team up with other female characters, but this trailer is heavily focused on the biggest marketable asset it has, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. I think she’s one of the rare cases where fan casting and real casting came together and got it right. Her commitment to the role and to recreating the character from the Animated show really adds to the character, although I did think this trailer leaned on her a little too much. It would have been nice to see a little more of the other members of the cast. Ewan McGregor as the “Villain” looks great, but there is very little insight into any of the other characters. This is the first trailer, and to be honest it looks a lot more fun than I expected, but we won’t know what to expect until we see a bit more of the surrounding cast.
Birds of Prey comes out on the 7th February, just a week before The Kings Man and as two very stylised looking action movies they may be fighting over the same audience. I think there is room for both, but they might eat each other’s box office a bit which might work out worse for one of them. They’re both coming out weeks before The Last of Us Part II, so whatever happens they won’t be the best piece of entertainment that month.
Last week ended with the trailer for a Martin Scorsese directed Gangster film with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci among others in the cast. The Irishman is going to be excellent; you can tell just by reading the names I just listed off. De Niro hasn’t worked this hard in a role for years, but you just know he is going to be giving it his best when he is working with a master like Scorsese.
This film is much closer than the previous 2, with its cinematic release scheduled for 1st November in theatres, before hitting Netflix a few weeks later the 27th. The limited run in cinema’s is a new thing, but one I can see becoming a much more regular occurrence. With the rise of Netflix and other streaming platforms, the way entertainment is made and distributed has changed and now people want to watch things at home on their 60-inch 4k TV screens rather than going to a cinema. I understand that but for me nothing beats a cinema when it comes to watching a movie.
There have been other trailers dropping, for example a new Ryan Reynolds led action film called 6 Underground that looks like Ryan Reynolds being Ryan Reynolds. Now who doesn’t enjoy Ryan Reynolds being all Ryan Reynolds like, I certainly do, but is Ryan Reynolds in danger of being type cast as Ryan Reynolds? I am always happy to watch Ryan Reynolds be Ryan Reynolds, but occasionally I wonder if Ryan Reynolds is happy being Ryan Reynolds in every role or if he wants to branch out and be a Bryan Reynolds for a change or something.
I have confused myself. Thanks for reading!