It is that time of the week once again to talk about some trailers in the weekly segment Trailer Catch-Up. This allows me to review the trailers from the past week that I think are worth talking about and give my general thoughts on them.
There weren’t a ton of huge trailers to talk about, and I’m going to predict there will be a few noticeable trailers to come out in the next week or so when Toy Story 4 comes out. That being said, let’s get into the latest batch of trailers the internet has given us.
Ford v Ferrari (November 15)
First to arrive online Sunday evening is the official trailer for Fox’s biographical drama Ford v Ferrari, starring Matt Damon and Christan Bale as car designer Carrol Shelby and British racer Ken Miles, respectively. What this film tells is about Shelby setting out to build a car that’s faster than the Ferrari that Miles can drive when they were dispatched by Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca before the 24 Hours of Le Mans race of 1966.
When you combine two of the best actors working today in a film about racing, you know I’m going to be there opening weekend, and that’s what I’m getting from this trailer for Ford v Ferrari. Maybe it’s because I always enjoy a story about competition, even though it’s based on a true story. And I’ll pretty much see anything James Mangold directs after Logan.
We could use another great movie about racing after Rush. I did love this one shot where a car flies through the air before it crashes. So far, this is my most anticipated movie of November.
Ad Astra (September 20)
Another trailer that came from Fox this past week is for the long-awaited sci-fi adventure Ad Astra starring Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones. In this, Pitt’s character, Roy McBride, is being sent on a mission through the solar system to find his missing father and find out what can save the planet.
Fox has delayed Ad Astra a few times now, and it was about time that we finally saw some footage from writer/director James Gray’s follow-up to The Lost City of Z before it comes out in September. I must say I was pleased with this trailer. This looks like it’s going have amazing visual effects and will show off a great performance from Pitt.
The tone wasn’t what I was thinking it was going for where it almost reminds me of something like The Martian and Interstellar. There’s also this feeling of having a mixture of quiet moments and action throughout. Ad Astra could be a great film? Could this be a future Oscar contender?
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (August 9)
The second trailer for Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark was dropped by CBS Films. Based on Alvin Schwartz’s book series and produced by Guillermo del Toro, this tells the story about a group of kids finding the titular book and looking like the stories to come to life as read in the book.
When the first trailer came online back in March, I was a little bit underwhelming by not being too afraid. But this trailer was way better as it was creeping me out, especially that scarecrow guy. Still, I don’t think I’m going see this in theaters, but maybe if there’s good word of mouth. The only thing I not sure about is whether it’s going to be R or PG-13.
Shaft (June 14)
The next trailer to talk about is the red band trailer for Shaft. I normally don’t watch the red band trailers for comedies close to its release date because I just feel like they can ruin the best jokes. But since I haven’t been looking forward to Shaft, it was purposely just wondering if something would make me laugh.
Luckily, I did get a quick chuckle at the end. I do hope Shaft is actually a funny reboot and not just a waste of time. Samuel L. Jackson is probably going to be the one that’ll have the funniest one-liners in the entire movie. If I hear some good buzz about this, there’s a chance I could check it out later in the month.
Stuber (July 12)
We also have another red band trailer for Stuber starring Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista. Now, when I talked about the international trailer a few weeks back, it was pretty much nothing too new we’ve seen. But this new trailer shows more footage with more action and its jokes, which also adds a couple of moments that made me chuckle.
Still looking forward to checking it out next month.
Brittany Runs a Marathon (August 23)
And the last trailer for this installment is for Amazon Studios’ Brittany Runs a Marathon starring Jillian Bell. Premiering at Sundance this past winter where it won the Audience Award, Bell plays a woman who’s overweight and decides to train to compete in the NYC Marathon.
Now, this trailer honestly can lift up many spirits. I felt like this was a hilarious and uplifting trailer for those don’t feel confident about themselves and want to become healthier. I did love one joke where you can run outside for free instead of joining a gym. Brittany Runs a Marathon has been getting positive reactions from those who already saw, and I’m interested in checking it out.
This could be a great role Jillian Bell, and I do think she’s funny, but not so when she’s in supporting roles in other comedies (Rough Night, Fist Fight).