Trailer Catch-Up: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ (12/20)

Let’s talk about Star Wars first because it’s Star Wars! We’ve got the final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker during Monday Night Football (just like when The Force Awakens trailer dropped four years ago), which offers millions of fans a ton of new footage in the ninth chapter in the franchise directed by J.J. Abrams.

I was hesitant on watching this since I said I was done with trailers after the previous two. But that didn’t stop me. This trailer was amazing! This is how a final trailer is done, and it’s great that Abrams and the people who cut this wasn’t giving anything away. The scope of the action looks thrilling, and to hear a voiceover from Palatine just makes it even better. But the feels are what got me when Poe asked C-3PO what he’s doing, and he said, “Taking one last look, sir… at my friends’.” Man, I started to tear up.

This really doesn’t show what the plot is about, and that’s a good thing. I’m cool not knowing what The Rise of Skywalker is all about except just give us highlights of some exciting moments. I already bought my tickets, and I seriously hope this will be a worthy conclusion to the Skywalker saga and bring people in peace once again.

Score: 9/10

‘Bloodshot’ (2/21)

Next up, Sony Pictures released the first trailer for Valiant Comics adaptation of Bloodshot with Vin Diesel. After he and his wife are murdered, Ray Garrison (Diesel) is resurrected by a team of scientists and gives him the ability to be a superhuman and track down the people who did this to him.

Diesel is a perfectly capable action star, but when he’s in anything outside Fast and Furious, that means it won’t be good. I haven’t read the comics and the concept sounds a bit cool, but this feels like an uninteresting comic book adaptation, even if it goes for that R-rating. This looks like an unappealing version of either Robocop or Upgrade. Am I wrong? And because it’s from Sony, they’ve pretty much given away the twist.

Score: 4/10

‘Let It Snow’ (11/8)

Next up, Netflix released the first trailer to their latest romantic comedy Let It Snow, based on the anthology novel by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle. This presents us with three separate stories that take place during the holidays in a small town revolving around a group of high school seniors having a little fun.

This honestly doesn’t look too bad for a YA adaptation. I remember this was supposed to be in theaters when it was first announced five years ago. Let It Snow kind of has a cute charm to it, especially with the cast (Kiernan Skipka, Jacob Batalon, Shameik Moore). I normally don’t watch Netflix rom-com unless it actually looks good, but I might have to give it a chance next month.

Score: 7/10

‘The Aeronauts’ (12/4)

Next up, Amazon Studios released the second trailer for The Aeronauts, starring Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne. Based on the true story of one of the first hot air balloon rides, pilot Amelia Wren and scientist James Glaisher travel inside the ballon in what was supposed to be making discoveries turned into a fight for survival.

After hearing mostly positive reviews out of TIFF, I still have plans to watch The Aeronauts when it hits Amazon Prime in December. Just like the previous trailer, it showcases its amazing visual effects work and cinematography. Will the experience be different when I won’t see it on the big screen? Probably will, it could more likely be like the Gravity effect, in terms of still being good.

Score: 7/10

‘The King’ (11/1)

Netflix also released the second trailer for The King. David Michôd’s take on William Shakespeare’s plays of the character Henry follows Hal, a wayward prince who takes up the throne after his father’s death and what upbringings he has to concur.

Two trailers in, and it still doesn’t look bad. I don’t know if this will be something I’m going to like. The film has been getting mostly positive reviews when it premiered at TIFF. But it could be worth watching later on in the month since I love Timothée Chalamet.

Score: 7/10

‘Antlers’ (4/17/2020)

The last trailer to talk about comes from Fox Searchlight, as they released the full- length trailer for the horror film Antlers, which comes out next April. The Guillermo del Toro produced film has Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons play a sister and brother living in a small town in Oregon as a young student is holding a secret with frightening consequences.

The first trailer came out back in August, and it proved to have a creepy vibe throughout. Very little dialogue was spoken, which adds more to the suspense.

Score: 7/10

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