AV Brew: Winter Movie Trailers
Can these trailers pull me into a theater?
Previews of future movies are part of the movie-going experience. I saw the following trailers during my second screening of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and I have some thoughts. Without further ado…
Release dates are accurate as of November 18, 2022.
I Wanna Dance with Somebody (2022)
Synopsis: A Whitney Houston Biopic, directed by Kasi Lemmons with an original screenplay by Anthony McCarten. Naomi Ackie takes on the role of Houston and Stanley Tucci as Clive Davis.
Release Date: December 23, 2022
Thoughts: In recent years, music artist biopics have featured Oscar Nominated lead performances in lackluster films, Bohemian Rhapsody, and The United States vs. Billie Holiday, just to name a few. My fear is that is what we are getting again. Can one 2-hour film adequately tell the story of this amazing artist with a complicated private life? I’m skeptical, both sides of this woman’s life deserve their film.
Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)
Synopsis: We are being transported back to Pandora, where Jake Sully and his family are required to fight for their planet’s freedom & safety.
Release Date: December 16, 2022
Thoughts: I may be in the minority, but it’s been almost 20 years since the first Avatar film, who asked for a sequel or two? What strikes me about this trailer is that the film looks more like an animated movie than a live-action CGI film like the original. The original also felt like a completed story so I did not need a sequel.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)
Synopsis: Scott Lang, Hope Van Dyne, Cassie Lang, Hank Pym, and Janet Van Dyne are transported back into the Quantum Realm.
Thoughts: Quantumania is the first film of the MCU phase 5 and thus tasked with two things, introduce the MCU’s next villain, Kang the Conqueror, and start to pull together all the properties released in the disorganized phase 4. Prior Ant-Man films have been comedy heist films so I’m curious how that aspect of these films will translate to this one or if are they going to go in another direction.
Creed III (2023)
Synopsis: Adonis Creed’s childhood friend returns to derail his career. Michael B. Jordan makes his directorial debut with screenplay written by Keenan Coogler and Zach Baylin and story by Ryan Coogler. Michael B. Jordan returns in the titular role and brings on Jonathon Majors as Damian Anderson, Creed’s friend.
Release Date: March 3, 2023
Thoughts: This story is an intriguing continuation of his story. When we were introduced to Adonis Creed, he was in a juvenile detention center but are never told why he is there. Bringing in the friend he was arrested with who ended up doing time while Adonis flourished. Major is menacing and in the trailer alone I can feel his anger and desire for revenge.
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