We love to share movie trailers. Aside from music videos, album trailers, tour teasers, and all the other video content bands typically supply us with, movie trailers are probably the thing we watch the most online. You may have noticed a few news posts with trailers in recent weeks, and you will no doubt see many more in the weeks and months ahead, but if we made a new post for every trailer that hit our inboxes we would never have time to post about anything else. So, to simplify your life and ours, we’ve compiled our five favorite trailers of the week from everything we haven’t previously covered into a single post. Enjoy!
La La Land (December 16)
Damien Chazelle’s first film since Whiplash may be my most anticipated film of Awards Season. This looks magical, and the quick tease of the original music leaves me wanting more. If only December were not so far away…
Synopsis: Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Damien Chazelle, La La Land tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (October 11/November 1)
The Killing Joke wasn’t the animated Batman movie the world thought it would be, but maybe this will mend the wound.
Synopsis: It’s back to the 1960s as Batman and Robin spring into action when Gotham City is threatened by a quartet of Batman’s most fiendish foes—Penguin, The Joker, Riddler and Catwoman. This time, the four super villains have combined their wicked talents to hatch a plot so nefarious that the Dynamic Duo will need to go to outer space (and back) to foil their arch enemies and restore order in Gotham City. It’s a truly fantastic adventure that will pit good against evil, good against good, evil against evil…and feature two words that exponentially raise the stakes for both sides: Replicator Ray. Holy multiplication tables!
Kidnap (December 2)
Halle Berry is going full Liam Neeson, and I don’t know what to think. This film has been shelved for two years due to Relativity’s recent financial troubles, but maybe it’ll be worth the wait we didn’t know we were enduring.
Synopsis: The film is a heart-stopping action thriller following a mother (Halle Berry) who will stop at nothing to rescue her kidnapped son.
Max Steel (November 24)
Another toy gets its own movie. I don’t know that an audience exists for Max Steel, but this is another film that has spent years in development/production hell. The first trailer looks fine, but the incredibly long synopsis you’re about to read doesn’t exactly leave me hungry for more. The phrase ‘in-depth origin story’ does not belong in the adaptation of a toy.
Synopsis: Max Steel is an in-depth “origin” story packed with captivating characters and fast-paced action. The plot chronicles the adventures of Max McGrath and his mother who have just moved back to Copper Canyon, the town in which Max’s scientist father died in a mysterious accident shortly after Max was born. As Max adjusts to his new school, things get complicated when his body starts to generate strange energy flare-ups that he can’t control. At first a confusing mix of inconvenient and exhilarating, this unpredictable power eventually grows too intense for Max to handle, causing him to distance himself from those around him including the girl he likes, Sofia. Eventually the energy pushes him to the verge of fatal combustion. In the nick of time, a techno-organic extraterrestrial named Steel, who has been secretly monitoring Max’s progress, saves him just before he loses consciousness. The two discover that when joined together they can control the energy and harness it into superhuman strength—and that when apart, neither can survive for long. As these two unlikely friends learn to accept their connected fates, they begin to uncover secrets surrounding the death of Max’s father. As they dig deeper, they soon find themselves hunted by an unforeseen enemy bent on capturing Max and Steel for a sinister agenda of destruction. Uncertain who to trust, they will have to work together to find the truth, and fight the mysterious forces threatening our world.
Zoom (September 2)
This is the real must-see trailer of the week. Do not miss it.
Synopsis: Emma (Alison Pill) is a comic-book artist who works by day in a factory that makes sex dolls, which is messing with her head. In an attempt to get herself closer to the plastic fantasy image that surrounds her, she makes a rash decision. Then she decides she wants to reverse that choice, but it’s too late and too expensive to turn back. Fortunately, Michelle (Mariana Ximenes), the aspiring novelist writing Emma’s story, gives her a way out. In turn, Emma controls the story of Edward (Gael García Bernal), the filmmaker at the centre of the comic book she’s drawing. He’s a successful action-movie director with no shortage of confidence and an urge to make more artistically ambitious films. But, in a cruel joke, Emma takes her pen to the root of this man’s vanity, shriveling his confidence instantly. He begins to struggle with his film about Michelle, a Brazilian model living in Toronto and trying to write a novel about a cartoonist. In a bid to escape the fashion world and immerse herself in her writing, she returns to Brazil, finding a small fishing village where the pressure to complete her novel leads her to Alice (Cláudia Ohana), a hotel owner who changes her life. Of course, the hand of Michelle’s creator, the action-movie director who wants to be a serious auteur, is never far behind.