Welcome to a new segment on DC’s Take entitled “Trailer Catch-Up”.
Inspired by one of my favorite YouTube movie reviewers, Tom Chatalbash, I’m gonna review the latest movie trailers that have come out online every week and just give my first impressions of them. I’ve also posted the trailers with my thoughts just in case you want to watch it. So with that, let’s get into a few that came out the past week.
Sonic the Hedgehog (November 8)
Paramount has finally released the first trailer for the adaptation of Sonic the Hedgehog, in which it gives us our first glimpse of the iconic Sega character and his adventure in the real world. After watching it two times just to make sure this was actually real, I came to the conclusion that this looks really terrible. And the rest of the Internet feels the same way.
Maybe a movie about Sonic could work if it was animated, but they instead went for the CGI-Live Action route. That’s a bad sign from the start. Nothing about this first look convinced me this should exist. Why was this set to Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise? I don’t know. The look of Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) is pretty distracting, the humor falls flat at every corner, and poor Jim Carrey is over-the-top in the worst way as the villain Dr. Robotnik.
Sonic the Hedgehog might continue the trend of video game movies being atrocious with no potential put into them. I hope to be proven wrong when this comes out in November, but I have a strong feeling this will be awful.
Late Night (June 7)
The second trailer for the Sundance favorite Late Night, starring Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling (who also co-wrote the screenplay), was released a month before its release from Amazon Studios.
The plot revolves around Kaling’s character being hired as the first female writer on Thompson’s last night talk show in what could be her last chance on television as her ratings aren’t strong. So, she’s brought on in hopes to make her show more entertaining.
To be honest, I thought the first trailer was a bit better. This does give us more of the story and some of the humor that’s to be expected. We also get to see more of the potential chemistry from Kaling and Thompson.
Though I’m mainly interested because of the premise and the stars attached, I’m still looking forward to checking out Late Night after hearing a ton of good buzz from Sundance back in January.
Crawl (July 12)
The next trailer is for the Paramount’s latest summer horror flick Crawl, which is produced by Sam Raimi and directed by Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Pirhana 3D)
Stars Kaya Scodelario (Maze Runner franchise) as she’s trying to find her missing father, played by Barry Pepper, during a hurricane in Florida only to be filled with alligators. Yes, alligators.
A premise like this should’ve gone on the Syfy channel or direct-to-DVD since it’s a movie revolving around a creature that will rip your body apart. And for some reason, Crawl looks ridiculous, in the best way possible.
I don’t know if this gonna take itself seriously or be campy fun, but I did laugh by how silly it went with this premise.
Blinded By the Light (August 14)
And the last one to talk about comes from my favorite trailer to come out this week that made me feel hopeful about life is Blinded By the Light, which comes from Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha.
What follows is young British- Pakistani teenager Javed (Viveik Kalra) finding a place in his life in 1980s Britain when he discovers the music of the one and only Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the Blinded By the Light trailer. Coming-of-age movies have been my favorites in the past few years, and this looks like its gonna be something special. This was on my most anticipated movies of the summer after hearing some good word of mouth from Sundance. Could this be another Sing Street on our hands? We shall see around mid-August.
What did you think of this week’s trailers? Do any of them look interesting to you guys?