by T. Mack
This was a good week for movie trailers. From the darkly strange to the utterly hilarious, from made-for-family to not-suitable-for-children, many upcoming movies released their first trailers in the last few days. Here are six of the most interesting, hysterical and not-nearly-as-interesting-or-hysterical.
1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Based on a book of the same name by Ransom Riggs, this movie is directed by Tim Burton, who seems to be the perfect person to bring the darkly intriguing story to life. I, personally, am excited to see Asa Butterfield (as Jacob) and hope, for his sake, that this film is successful and spawns film adaptations of the book’s two sequels. I quite adore that young actor and to be honest, I’m still not quite over Asa losing the role of Spiderman last year. I’m hoping this movie will help me get over it. (Check out Dani’s review of the book right here.)
2. Sausage Party
This animated adventure from Judd Apatow and crew is definitely not made for kids. It looks to be both strange, exciting, disturbing and hilarious. My plan is definitely to give it a try, though I will shoot for the bargain matinee showtime.
3. Central Intelligence
The first time I watched this trailer, I laughed until I cried. Then I watched it again so many times I lost count. I shared it on my personal FB page and invited friends to go with me. This film just looks ridiculously funny to me. And I’m really excited to go see it as soon as it hits theaters.
This film looks adorable. It likely won’t be groundbreaking or make waves quite the way Inside Out did, but it looks like it will be worth paying a few dollars and killing a couple of hours to see. And I find I’m actually already invested in finding out if the boy gets the baby brother he’s so desperate for. (I never did, so I think this one hits a little close to home for me.)
5. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Now, you should know that I seriously dig The Lonely Island. Those guys are talented, creative, vulgar and hilarious! But I don’t know how much I’ll love it when they turn their 4-minute musical comedy shtick into a 2-hour movie. While I’m a bit intrigued by this idea, I have a nagging feeling that if I watch this, I will stop thinking any of it is funny long before the movie ends. I’m still on the fence about this one.
6. Ben Hur
Ummmmm… I’m gonna be honest here. I’ve never sat through the original Ben Hur movie. So I have no point of reference for how much this follows or veers away from that original film. However, I happen to know that both are incredibly historically inaccurate. The truth is that very few people died in chariot races. And I think it says something about how much of an impression this trailer didn’t make on me that it has me thinking about the historical accuracy of the portrayal of ancient chariot races in modern Hollywood. I plan to skip this one.
Do any of these titles appeal to you? Which will you go see and which will you avoid? Tell me in the comments.