Well, Super Bowl LII is over. The Philadelphia Eagles have won – good for them. And Justin Timberlake did…something…during halftime.
But what I really look forward to during the Super Bowl are the commercials, particularly the movie trailers. This is the event Hollywood uses to show off their best stuff for the coming year. This year’s roster is pretty good.
Here’s a brief look at my thoughts about each trailer.
Just watched the entire trailer for The 15:17 to Paris, Clint Eastwood’s historical drama about the 2015 Thalys Train Attack in France. It looks really good – filled with Eastwood’s talent for creating tension in scenes and shots. But what has me the most intrigued by the film is that the main characters will be played by the three young American men (two of whom were U.S. military) who actually subdued the would-be Islamist killer.
Based on what I’ve seen in the trailer, these three heroes have some acting chops. I’ll reserve my whole judgment until I see the entire film, however.
I’m somewhat excited about a new version of Death Wish. Bruce Willis is an inspired choice to play the protagonist Paul Kersey. Though I’m having trouble not thinking of him as John McClane.
The first trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was dropped last week, and it’s a mixed bag. A lot of people online are comparing the tone to Jurassic Park III, which was more of a monster movie and lacked the awe-inspiring scenes of the previous films. I think that’s a pretty apt description. The director, J.A. Bayona, is known for horror projects like The Orphanage and Penny Dreadful. But he also directed the epic The Impossible as well as the fairytale-esque A Monster Calls (which I still would like to see). So this could go either way. It’s a definite darker tone to be sure.
The first trailer for Mary Magdalene was released this week. The success of The Passion of the Christ over ten years ago really paved the way for mainstream biblical epics in Hollywood, though some of them have been sucker-punches (Exodus: Gods and Kings and Noah come to mind). This one looks like it could go either way. I like the grittier, realistic approach (which I lauded the excellent Risen for), but Joaquin Phoenix plays a very peculiar Jesus. Probably because Phoenix is just a peculiar man.