Some people, perhaps rather wisely, try to avoid the trailers and press for an upcoming film they’re excited about. Originating as a simple advertisement for feature films, the average movie trailer -and action trailers in particular – has mutated into an over-scored, overblown synopsis of the entire film; it’s like watching the highlights of a football match before settling down for the full 90 minutes. A lengthy, revealing trailer can sometimes ruin a good film and put off the prospective punters, and at the same time a genuinely bad film can be cut to appear magnificent. Ridley Scott has a knack for this: Prometheus and The Counsellor had two of my favourite trailers in recent years, and even though the films turned out to be stinkers their highlight reel previews remain thrilling.
Through vast levels of research (not just Youtube, but IMDb as well!) the five finest movie trailers for the coming calendar year have been identified and are featured below. There’s even a foreign film thrown in for good measure. WHAT UP, CULTURE!?!
Be sure to watch them in full screen 1080p if you can.
5. Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
Director: Stephen Chow
Cast: Qi Shu, Zhang Wen, Shing-Cheung Lee, Icoulda Mad- Dese, Name- sup, Yu Woodant Kno
From the manic team that brought you Kung Fu Hustle comes this even more bizarre and grandiose looking martial arts mash up.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathawaye, Jessica Chastain
An excellent teaser which does not let onto the plot of the film but simply gives you a taste of the mood and far reaching scope of Nolan’s latest piece. It’s Sci-Fi, it’s ambitious, it’s Nolan and it sounds good.
Director: Gareth Edwards
Cast: Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
The Matthew Broderick Godzilla (1998) was less cold blooded and more just bloody rubbish, even in the eyes of a then four year old. This time round everything seems to have fallen into place: the cast, the up and coming director and the incredibly visceral CGI. This trailer is bang on, only allowing for a Dorsal of- sorry, I meant morsel of a look at the titular terror. A very large morsel, mind you.
Side Note: Is that the music from 2001: A Space Odyssey? Yes. Yes it is.
2. The Expendables 3
Director: Patrick Hughes
Cast: Stallone, Statham, Li, Couture, FORD!, Crews, Schwarzenegger, GIBSON!, SNIPES!, Ortiz, Banderas, Lungdren and so on and so forth
The first in the atrociously violent Expendables series was naff but likeable. The second, in spite of some miraculous punning, was much worse. All this is forgiven – body matter under the bridge, if you will – in the face of this incredibly simple yet effective trailer. A shining paragon of action movie hype ups, if this doesn’t rouse you then you cannot be roused.
1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
Director: Wes Anderson
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Kietel, Lea Seydoux, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Owen Wilson, Willem Defoe, Bill Murray etc, etc, etc
How much Wes could a Wes- Wes Wes if a Wes-Wes could Wes Wes? It sounds stupid, but this trailer is so ‘Wes Anderson-ish’ it almost feels like a pastiche, but in a good way. Movie Quibble’s number one anticipated film of the year. Check out that cast! It’s even bigger than The Expendables 3. The Wes-spendables? Nope. Jet lagged, so… whatever.