As you might know, I'm a HUGE movie junkie. I'm usually the first in my family/friends to hear about major movie news. So when new trailers get released, I am ALL over them. Today, I thought I'd share four recently released trailers for upcoming movies and tell you my thoughts on them!
Release date: March 13, 2015
Starring: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter
Thoughts: We've known about this new live-action adaptation for over a year, so it's nice to finally see a glimpse of the finished product. It looks positively gorgeous. The colors, the costumes, the whole feel is just magical, which is perfect for a fairy-tale princess. Richard Madden is delightful as the Prince and I almost didn't recognize Cate Blanchett at first, but she looks perfect as the Wicked Stepmother. Helena Bonham Carter is a blonde, but it totally works and I'm super excited to see her Fairy Godmother. I don't know much about Lily James, but she does make quite a perfect Cinderella, so I am excited to see this. However, the trailer shows us almost the entire plot (minus the happily-ever-after), so unless director Kenneth Branagh has some fun tricks up his sleeve, it doesn't look like this will be life-changing. But it still looks like a fun way to bring the magic of Cinderella back to the screen for new generations!
Pitch Perfect 2
Release date: May 15, 2015
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Skylar Astin, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow
Thoughts: First reaction: AHHHHHHHHH. OH MY GOD. Because I love Pitch Perfect so much and I just can't wait for more. Really, my only problem with this is that Anna Camp and Brittany Snow's characters were seniors in the last movie, and they had graduated by the very end. So...how are they back? Is this not technically a school event? Is this just a free-for-all? Because I'm totally okay with that, but I just need a little bit more clarity people! Otherwise, brilliant. Cannot wait.
Actually, on second-watching, it does look like this isn't a school thing. It's just a big a capella thing. Period. So, YAY. I'm totally down with that. MORE AWESOME MASHUPS.
Release date: June 12, 2015
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio
Thoughts: Oh. My. Goodness. You may not know this about me, but I will pretty much watch Jurassic Park every time it's on TV. Even if I just saw it the night before. I LOVE Jurassic Park. The characters, the concept, the dinosaurs, THE MUSIC. I love it. So suffice it to say that I'm SUPER DUPER EXTRA EXCITED for this movie. It's been a long time coming, my friends. Chris Pratt is on a roll, and I love Bryce Dallas Howard. And the park looks AMAZING. I'm definitely hoping we get to explore that park even a little bit more in the movie before it all goes to hell, because it looks like a veritable playground. And of course, the dinos. I have to admit that I'm partial to the half-CGI/half-animatronics from the 90's, but I was pleasantly surprised by the new dinosaurs. They don't look nearly as bad as I was imagining. The stripped-down piano version of the theme song in the second half of the trailer totally made me feel nostalgic for the old movies, and excited for the new one at the same time. Can't wait!
Release date: July 17, 2015
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Levi Miller, Rooney Mara
Thoughts: I am a big fan of Peter Pan. It's just one of my favorite classic stories, and I have loved almost every screen adaptation. So let's just say...I'm not sure about this one. I'm a little...dubious? That's a good word for it. Dubious. The whole Blackbeard thing might be a cool idea and I adore Hugh Jackman, but it looks a little...cartoony. The whole thing surrounding this movie was that it was supposed to be a slightly darker take on a Peter Pan origin story. Nothing about this trailer looks dark. Except maybe the clown pirate involved in the kidnapping. What was with the clown pirate?
Levi Miller is a perfect Peter Pan. He is totally my favorite part of this trailer because he is SPOT ON. I was SO excited for Garrett Hedlund as Hook...until I saw the trailer. What IS that accent? Can someone PLEASE identify that accent for me? I can tolerate a lot, but I really don't appreciate the changes they made to Hook. James Hook is supposed to have gone to ETON. He is supposed to be cultured and value honor and good form above all else. So WHAT IS THIS?
And don't even get me started on Rooney Mara. I love her as an actor, but casting her as Tiger Lily is still pissing me off. She is SO WHITE. I suppose that Neverland is a fantasy setting and "Indians" there don't have to be the same as "Indians" in real life, but still. Would it have KILLED them to get a Native American actress? Or at least a POC? And what is that big headdress she's wearing? Help me, I'm confused.
Wow. I didn't realize how mad at that trailer I was until I started blogging about it. So I guess the next move is just to sit and wait for the next trailer and the movie itself. We will see how I feel about it then!
Tell me: what are YOUR thoughts on these new trailers? Did they make you excited for these movies, or put off? Let me know in the comments below!