It’s the start of a new week, which means it’s time for Trailer Catch-Up. This past week had a ton of new trailers online, and I’m here to give my personal thoughts on them while it’s fresh in my mind.
Read on about what I have to say about these recent trailers right below!
‘Jungle Cruise’ (7/24/2020)
The first trailer to talk about is for Disney’s Jungle Cruise, based on the famous theme park ride starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. Johnson plays a steamboat captain that takes Blunt’s character and her brother on a river ride to a magic tree in the middle of the Amazon jungle.
Being nervous about movies based on Disney attractions that aren’t the first Pirates of the Caribbean isn’t a good sign, but Jungle Cruise seems to look like a lot of fun. This has a mix of The African Queen, Romancing the Stone, and 1999’s The Mummy. You can already sense the chemistry between the leads, and I hope it works because I love both of them.
Next up that came out online Sunday afternoon is the first trailer for Universal Picture’s Dolittle, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as the title character. Based on Hugh Lofting’s books, Dr. Dolittle is a veterinarian that has the ability to talk to animals. After a young queen falls ill, he goes on a voyage to search on a cure along with his animal friends.
Being that this is Downey Jr.’s first film post-Avengers, many wouldn’t expect him to be in this. This is actually the second remake of the character after two movies that starred Eddie Murphy, and I personally thought this was going to look better. The trailer, of course, has a cover of “What a Wonderful World” and shows off the CGI animals, though we don’t hear all of the voices just yet.
What I can say I’m getting from this is that it’s going to touch more on the actual story and the original movie (besides the musical element) then focusing on the comedy. So far, Dolittle doesn’t look that good. But I’m still going to see it support Downey Jr. because he’s awesome.
‘Charlie’s Angels’ (11/15)
Next up, Sony released a new trailer for Charlie’s Angels, which stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska as the titular angels. This third installment/reboot has the three working for mysterious Charles Townsend, and they provide security filled with intelligent and brave women worldwide.
Back when the first trailer came out in June, it was a bit underwhelming. This second one shows clearly that this new Charlie’s Angels isn’t going to be good. Honestly, nothing in here looks exciting or even funny. I don’t want to say that after the failed attempt just like Men in Black: International, but this is how this looks for me. Who is actually excited about this, and not just the soundtrack?
Another trailer Disney dropped last week was the full-length trailer for Pixar’s Onward. Set in a world where mythical creatures live normal lives, two elf brothers (Chris Pratt and Tom Holland) embark on a journey to discover that’s there’s a bit of magic out there when they tried to bring their dad back for one day.
The trailer shows off more of the plot, and it wasn’t’ what I was expected. But it still offers some funny moments, and it has the potential to have an aspect that’s touching with the dad having legs. Maybe? I still get a feeling that Onward looks more like a Disney film than Pixar, but my thoughts could change if another trailer drops.
This also gets points for throwing in “Hocus Pocus” by Focus
‘The Turning’ (1/24/2020)
Next up, Universal Pictures released the trailer for the long-delayed horror film The Turning. Based on “The Turn of the Screw,” Mackenzie Davis plays a nanny who looks after two siblings (Finn Wolfhard and Brooklynn Prince), but it turns out that the children are keeping secrets about the house that they shouldn’t tell her about.
The Turning is a project that I haven’t heard about in three years when it was under a different name and changed directors. Since the Hayes Brothers (The Conjuring) are co-writing and knowing Steven Spielberg is an executive producer on this, it should’ve been creepy. Aside from the last frame, the trailer wasn’t frightening to me. And it comes out in January, which if that isn’t a bad sign.
‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ (10/18)
Next up, Sony released the latest red band trailer for Zombieland: Double Tap, which comes out this weekend. This offers up a lot of new footage of zombie killings set to Backstreet Boys’ “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” and AC/DC’s “Shoot to Thrill.”
I saw this exact trailer before Joker, and it’s about the same reaction I got from the original trailer: looks good, but not excited like I was with its predecessor. There wasn’t that one joke that made me laugh hard, but I’m hoping there isn’t going to back a ton of “2009” jokes that are going to run all over. I and a lot of fans of the original are really hoping this will be a worthy sequel, but we shall see pretty soon.
‘Klaus’ (11/15 on Netflix)
Lastly, Netflix dropped the first trailer for their original animated film Klaus, with the voices of Jason Schwartzman and J.K. Simmons. This follows a postman named Jesper, who is sent to a frozen town where he meets a toy-making carpenter named Mr. Kalus, where they team-up to spread goodness the children around the town.
This doesn’t look too bad. I think what hooked me the most is the animation style that looks like it came out of a storybook. Putting a different spin on the origin of Santa is usually done with creativity, so Klaus could be an entertaining family film to watch with the family. Also, I don’t know how to feel about them throwing Panic! at the Disco’s “High Hopes” in this. Great song, but it’s hard to tell if it fits the overall trailer.