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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