I’ll be in my trailer… watching trailers: Kings, heroes, villains and… spacemen?

Join us every week for a trip into the weird and wonderful world of trailers. Whether it’s the first teaser for the latest instalment in your favourite franchise, an obscure preview for a strange indie darling, whether it’s good, bad, ugly or just plain weird – your favourite pop culture baristas are there to tell you what they think.

Let’s start with the humanoid killer shark in the room: the big-screen DC movies haven’t always been all that much fun to watch, so it was quite a pleasant surprise for Matt to find out that The Suicide Squad succeeds at being just that. Who needs mopey Bats and grimdark Supes when you can hang out with Harley Quinn & Co?

From a bunch of ne’er-do-wells with big guns and bigger attitudes to a legendary group of heroes: on Friday, Julie wrote a beautiful Six Damn Fine Degrees post on Richard Harris, a man who starred in so many films good and bad but who was usually eminently watchable in either – so, to remember Harris, here’s the trailer for his 1967 musical Camelot.

But that’s not all: on Saturday, Matt returned to continue his journey into his Criterion back catalogue and share his thoughts on the film adaptation of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, incidentally also released in 1967. Not too much chivalric adventure in that one, mind you.

Which finally takes us to the new trailers shared with you by our cultural baristas – enjoy!

Sam: Netflix has another massive hit on its hand with Swedish mini-series Young Royals about teenage princes at an elite boarding school trying to navigate the responsibilities and pitfalls of potential future monarchs. Protagonist Wilhelm (Edvin Ryding) has been sent here to absolve for his latest violent partying and is immediately torn between frat life and his infatuation with one of the few commoners at school, rebellious and sensitive Simon (Omar Rudberg). The first two minutes of their six-part tale make it sufficiently clear that Wilhelm and Simon’s love will go against the multiple challenges of family expectations, media sensationalism and macho friendships. Will they prevail facing these storms? The high initial ratings of each episode suggest that audiences love the outcome, so there might be more seasons in store for this immediately-hyped production.

Matt: And let’s end with something wonderfully silly: the trailer for the new strategy video game Humankind. These big, civilisation-spanning games – they’re often referred to as 4X games, because they focus on eXploration, eXpansion, eXploitation and eXtermination… yeah, it may not be the most unproblematic genre descriptor ever – often lend themselves to epic trailers with a soundtrack that sounds like Gustav Holst or Aaron Copland, so it’s great to see Amplitude Studios, the developers of Humankind, take a somewhat more goofy note. The trailer stops begin great once it starts showing footage of the game, but up to that point it’s quite… stellar.

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