Trailer Impressions: Halloween

2018 is full of some great movies, but there is a lot that I have been worried about. Sicario 2 does not look like it will have the same tone as the first movie. The first was so phenomenal for its slow tension, and the climax had an incredible payoff. This new entry looks to have too much action, but with Stefano Sollima who has worked on the first film and last years Wind River, I have some hope. Predator and Venom look generic and nothing special. I want these movies to be great, but they all look flawed. Now there is the new trailer for Halloween. I have never seen any of the movies, but with the return of John Carpenter who is going to write and produce the film along with Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle to star as the film’s protagonist and antagonist, my interest was sparked.

What the problem was waiting for a trailer to come up with the new sequel to the original Halloween. Not a single movie is canon except for the 1978 classic. Now that we have our first look at the trailer let’s dive into what we have seen and determine if this looks good.

We start off by seeing two investigators going to the prison in which Michael is being held at. They summarize the events of the first film, perfect for any newcomers like me. The man and woman walk into a wide open courtyard with several inmates with Michael at the center. As the man talks to Michael, who is facing away from the investigators, he brings up Michael’s infamous mask. The mask has a brand new look that looks older and more worn out. The look is perfect because this takes place so long after the events of the original film. When the mask is taken out a dog starts barking like crazy. A few inmates are laughing and screaming as the mask is shown up close when it is taken out of the bag. Everything about this scene is tense and well shot. This scene alone is one of the biggest highlights of the trailer, which is full of wonderfully creepy moments.

We see a few teenagers walking down the sidewalk of a neighborhood. The camera cuts to various Halloween decorations and to give us a better look at the community. One of which is a girl who is Laurie’s granddaughter. She explains to her friends that Laurie was almost murdered which is why she acts a certain way during this holiday season. We also hear that Laurie and Michael are not related. That plot point was started by later films in the franchise but is thrown out. As the teens talk we see Laurie open up a secret door down to her basement. That means Laurie has made adjustments to her home in case Michael ever comes back.

Laurie comes in to walk over to some shot up mannequins, which look terrifying. She tells a police officer how much she has been waiting for Michael to break out just so she can finally kill him. After that line we see her shooting a rifle for some target practice. Laurie is not messing around at all.

A boy and his father are driving down a road in which they see a bus flipped on its side and inmates are slowing walking out. They brake hard to avoid running over an inmate. The lighting and the way we see the inmates slowly shuffling towards the car is a haunting image. Laurie gets the news and tells her family about the bus crashing. Her daughter is confused about what the deal is about the bus crash. Michael is out loose and is ready to kill.

The most notable and terrifying moment is the next scene. A woman is in a stall at a bathroom in which Michael walks in. He puts his over the stall and drops bloody teeth. After this horrific move, he then drags her out to her doom. Another kill is shown when a man finds the dead body of a mechanic. Yes, that is how Michael gets his iconic suit by killing a man for the change of clothes. We then get a shot of Michael taking his mask out of a bag to put on. Every shot of him never shows his face. When we see a great image of him with his mask on, his eyes are entirely black. The darkness for eyes and the worn face makes for the grimmest looking Michael to date.

It is Halloween night. Children are walking around with their parents to trick or treat. They are not alone, we see Michael walking amongst the children. Some trick or treaters accidentally bump into the masked murderer. Shots are shown of Michael taking people down one by one. Laurie has her weapon and is trying to save as many people as she can. As she is running through the neighborhood, she looks up at a window to see Michael standing there. She takes a shot but turns out he is on the other side of the room. She just shot a reflection of Michael from a mirror. That is a great wink to the audience since there has always been a question of whether or not Michael can die. The mystery of this film is still up in the air, and this scene stirs up that question.

More scenes are shown of people being terrorized by Michael. A reference shot is shown of a sheet with two holes poked out for eyes is sitting on a chair. The ghost is an iconic scene from the original. As someone who has not seen the original, I am not able to pick out every reference, but we can expect plenty of nods to the classic film.

The last scene to discuss that is worth noting is the final one shown in the trailer. A young child asks the babysitter to close the door. She closes it, but the door won’t close. After a few attempts, she widens the door open to see what is blocking it from closing. Then Michael appears with a knife and strikes down at her.

I am quite impressed. As a newcomer to the franchise, this looks fantastic. I was worried going in, but this could be the worthy sequel that fans have been wanting. I will absolutely watch the original to prepare myself for this creepy sequel. The film looks beautifully shot. A lot of effort is shown to pay respect to fans and give them the film that they all want. Michael is back after 40 years, and he will be killing a lot of people. What do you think of the trailer? Are you excited for the new Halloween? If you have not seen the trailer, you can view it below:

 

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Trailer Impressions: Red Dead Redemption 2 (Trailer #3)

Rockstar is continuing to tease us with more trailers for the upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2. Just like the other trailers we will see some action, characters talking, and beautiful shots of the game’s world. Other than that, there is nothing that new from this trailer. Some hints to the story are present by characters talking to each other, but not much else.

The trailer starts with a group of armed men outside of a train. Since nobody is getting out of the train, the leader of these men commands to begin firing at the train. We see this man a few times throughout the trailer in various scenes.

Next, we see the protagonist Arthur Morgan talking to a woman. Every few shots cut to black with some text. The first of the text says, “By 1899, the West had nearly been tamed.” I assume there will be a similar theme to the first game as the world starts to evolve and the Wild West starts to die out.

The screen fades to men riding some horses with a close-up shot on the ground. A man can be heard talking to Arthur. The man is trying to give an inspirational speech about some potential threat. The next screen of text comes up with a transition into a group of people sitting around a campfire. What these people say is quite significant since they are talking about Dutch, who fans of the first game might remember.

As a character talks, we see a variety of shots of this beautiful game. We see more horses galloping through a field to stay away from someone trying to catch one of them. A town is then shown with a variety of people walking through. A show of a man spitting out some fire with a crowd cheering. That is one of the coolest scenes shown in the trailer. The lighting of it is beautifully done. After shows a man being treated for some wounds. At first, it looked to me as the man was being tortured. After pausing, I realized it was a doctor treating a patient for some gruesome wounds.

In the description, Rockstar has written a summary of the story that says, “America, 1899. The end of the wild west era has begun as lawmen hunt down the last remaining outlaw gangs. Those who will not surrender or succumb are killed. After a robbery goes badly wrong in the western town of Blackwater, Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang are forced to flee. With federal agents and the best bounty hunters in the nation massing on their heels, the gang must rob, steal and fight their way across the rugged heartland of America in order to survive. As deepening internal divisions threaten to tear the gang apart, Arthur must make a choice between his own ideals and loyalty to the gang who raised him.” The next portion of the trailer shows parts of this story play out.

A group of men walks into a bank to rob it. What happens next is shown after is the journey that they must go on to survive. Various shootouts and hand to hand combat are demonstrated between outlaws and federal agents. A man who speaks to the gang looks to be one of the lead federal agents that will play a significant role as a possible antagonist. The conflict seems compelling and full of violence, like any Rockstar game.

Overall, I am not too impressed. The game looks beautiful, and I know the story will be fantastic. Rockstar always makes a fun and compelling singleplayer campaign. My main issues are the trailer is more or less similar to the last few trailers we have seen. Some story hints along with showing how pretty the game will be. Not a single bit of gameplay is shown yet. The game is only five months away, and we have been given close to nothing. I am sure the game will have great gameplay and be fun, but I would like to see something as we are this close to release. My other major worry is online. I know I will love the singleplayer experience. However, GTA V did some right and wrong with online. I am worried Rockstar will have the same mistakes in Red Dead Redemption 2 that will kill the fun in multiplayer.

That is my analysis and impressions of the new trailer. What do you think of what we have seen in this new trailer? Are you excited about it or going to give this one a pass? Be sure to comment your thoughts in the comments below.

Red Dead Redemption 2 releases on October 26 for the Xbox One and PS4. Preorder below:

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Trailer Impressions: Venom

After months of discussion about when the world will get their first look at the upcoming Venom movie as Tom Hardy as the iconic character, we finally got it. I have been looking forward to seeing the trailer after all the rumors and discussions online about what the movie could hold for us. After watching the trailer, I am left with mixed feelings.

This is just our first look at the movie and more of a teaser than anything, but I can not help to feel different things that are good and bad. The trailer is full of mystery and action, but not a whole lot of substance. A trailer should not show too much because that can ruin the film, but not showing enough can make it so people will not see the movie. A trailer can sell a person on the film or not. I try to watch the first trailer then ignore everything else. I want that initial taste to sell me on the movie then go see it for myself. Venom shows some impressive things, but shows so little that leaves me more worried than excited. Let’s dissect it.

The trailer starts off with an interesting moment with Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) at the hospital. He is getting a CT scan. Since I do not know much about the character from the comics and the possibility that things could change for the movie, all we know is that there is some illness involved.

Next are shots of San Fransisco as Eddie walks around and narrates. He is talking about how everyone has their issues. A shot of a blond woman, possibly  Anne Weying (Michelle Williams) looking worried is shown. One of the things he mentions is an accident in which we get a shot of various people from police, firefighters, and other emergency responders in a field with something on fire. This looks like it might be a car that is on fire, but difficult to tell. In the background, there is a structure that in another shot we see people looking around in. Eddie then says how these issues can make you into something else in which we get a shot of him at the hospital. He opens his eyes quickly and wide as he looks around.

After this we see some vehicles driving in the rain. Some of these cars look like they might be a part of an organization that is transporting something. We see the symbiote in a container with a man in a suit standing above it and some scientists behind him.

The mysterious moments of the trailer die down as we see Eddie running away from various people and quick cuts of classic action movie moments with cars crashing starts to happen. As everything is happening, Eddie continues to go on his thoughts about people having their own issues. As he mentioned we all have our own demons, he is shown laying down in the hospital when he starts shaking violently with black veins coming out of his neck.

Sadly, no Venom in this trailer. Some action, running around, and interesting dialog from Eddie Brock. This might be mysterious to bring the audience in to see the full movie. It is possible we can see what Venom will look like before then when we get an official full trailer, but this is all speculation.

Overall, the trailer is okay. There are some excellent things about it. I like what Eddie has to say, and it goes with what he is going through with the symbiote. Everything in the hospital is interesting at the beginning of the trailer. The problem is that there is not enough shown. Usually, movie trailers show way too much by the time the second trailer is released. This needed to show a tiny bit more to get me on the hook. If you have read anything online then you know that many people feel the same way. I know I will see it, but my expectations are set low, which might work out when it is review time at the movie’s release. Who knows, maybe all of this mystery can prove to benefit the film in the long run. Even if we get a terrible movie, at least we know there will be a gripping performance from Tom Hardy who will cause a lot of mayhem along the way.

Venom comes out in theaters October 5th.

Watch the trailer here and tell me what you think:

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Trailer Impressions: Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2 comes out this May, and we finally got our first full trailer for the film. The only other thing we have gotten to see are posters and hilarious shorts with our loud-mouthed hero. The primary focus of the trailer is to introduce the main villain, Cable (Josh Brolin). We see many other characters, both new and old, tons of action, and the style of humor you would expect from a Deadpool movie.

I love the first film, but I was worried that this would be a sequel that would try too hard which would lead to its downfall. However, by the look of what we see in the trailer, this could be just as good or better than the first movie. Now let’s dive into what happens in the trailer.

The trailer starts off with an intense introduction to Cable. The style of this opening has the same feel to other superhero trailers. Cable is narrating as you see him in a destroyed room then walking through destruction while armed. We even see him getting prepared by loading some heavy weaponry. By what he is saying it sounds like he is talking why he has robotic parts on him. The trailer pauses with a typical wall breaking moment from Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) who points out the CGI is not complete on one of Cabel’s arms. This is taking a shot at DC for Justice League having a poor job of covering up Henry Cavill’s mustache. The trailer’s tone now goes towards what we would expect to see.

The next cut sees Deadpool in a room with a toy set of buildings with two action figures, one being himself and the other is Cable. He is playing with the toys on how he thinks their battle will go. Once a timer goes off to signal that the CGI on Cable’s arm is fixed, the scene cuts back to the regular trailer, better thank Deadpool for catching the missing CGI!

Next thing we know, we see Cable start to cause destruction and go on a killing spree. Along with this, we see Deadpool and various other characters in action-packed scenes. Domino (Zazie Beetz) gets her time to punch some people and show off herself as a new character in the film. Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) is back for a few brief moments as we see her get charged up with her superpower. All of Deadpool’s other friends make a return such as Weasel (T.J. Miller), Blind Al (Leslie Uggams), and Dopinder (Karan Soni) who are all with Deadpool to fight off a wave of enemies.

Most of the trailer is action oriented with a lot less comedy outside of Deadpool pointing out the botched CGI. If you have seen the first film or any promotional material, then we will get plenty of laughs out of this sequel. However, the most exciting part of the trailer regarding the story is the last few seconds. We see Weasel, Blind Al, and Deadpool holds their guns out to Cable who does not have any robotic gear attached to his body. This will probably lead to how Cable become the person we see at the start of the trailer.

Overall, I am excited by what I see in this first look at the movie. The first film is one of my favorites from the superhero genre because of its clever writing, great action, and hilarious characters. My biggest problem was the dull villain, so I hope that the film does enough to make Cable a worthy villain. I know Josh Brolin will kill it with his performance, so we have to hope that he gets enough screentime.

Deadpool 2 comes out May 18, so we do not have long to wait to finally see how this holds up compared to the first movie. Are you excited for the sequel? What do you think of the trailer?

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Trailer Impressions: Westworld Season 2

It has been about two years since the first season of Westworld aired on HBO. We have had some information given in the past year with some teases, but we got a brand new trailer that aired during the Super Bowl. If the season is anything like what is shown in the minute and 40-second trailer, then we are in for one gruesome ride.

If you have not seen Westworld, then stop reading and go watch this brilliant show.  Some discussion about the first season may take place here, so you have been warned.

The trailer shows beautiful shots of the facility and amusement park while a piano is being played. The music is in the same style as the first season, in other words, is that it is excellent. Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) narrates as we see various scenes take place. She talks about the world around us. She describes how beautiful this world is that we have created. These make a grim turn as the camera shots change and the music changes as she mentions, “But this world is a lie.”. Robots and humans are battling it out in the central facility. There are less beautiful shots of landscape, but instead, have brutal camera shots of people getting slaughtered. From everything seen in the trailer, the show looks as beautiful as ever.

This turn makes sense due to the ending of the first season that will lead into a (potentially) chaotic second season. Besides people getting killed left and right, we see various characters from the first season. A shot of Bernard (Jeffery Wright) looking at something in a dark room. The Man in Black (Ed Harris) returns standing in the rain. As robotic bulls ram through men with machine guns, the camera pans to see Maeve (Thandie Newton) walking through broken glass as she watches the mayhem. Dolores is seen riding a horse with a lever-action rifle and is seen in the last shot to say the last words, “Our world.”

If the show manages to build off of what was excellent with the first season and adds something different with this upcoming season, then it should be just as fantastic. One of the best aspects of the first season of Westworld was the mystery. The show did a great job by giving the audiences a lot of questions but answering enough of those issues to be satisfying. I hope they maintain a lot of the mystery with the added answers to flesh out the world, but give the audience that sense of wonder at the same time. Plus the amount of violence from the trailer indicates we are in for a season full of death. By the ending of the first season, it is safe to say that we will get that delivered to us. Words can not express how excited I am to watch this show. Season 2 of Westworld comes out April 22nd on HBO.  Watch the trailer below and share your thoughts:

 

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