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.
What better way to start this week’s trailer post than with… hang on… the German dub of the original series of Star Trek? Well, dear readers, you have Alan to thank for this unusually Teutonic blast from the retro-future! Though rather than a proper trailer, we have a TV preview for you. Beam mich hoch, Scotty!
When we’re not watching Raumschiff Enterprise to brush up our German, some of us are bemoaning that with the end of the Omicron wave, the time of working exclusively from home is coming to an end for them as well. Will Matt manage to finish Get Back before he is asked to return to the office at least two days a week?
Moving on from the very late 1960s, we have a couple of trailers for you – enjoy!
Mege: It could be such a nice life with movie-trained horses and good music on a farm, but: Nope! Some supernatural occurrence has to disturb the peace. Since this is a Jordan Peele flick, the horror is at least as interesting as the quaint farm life in the Hollywood backhills. Must go see.
Sam: Baz Luhrman is back with a biopic that will have the world buzzing: ELVIS stars eerie lookalike Austin Butler alongside Tom Hanks as an apparently influential figure in the life of the King of Rock’n’Roll. The trailer certainly pulls out all the stops to show Elvis’ career from Gospel-inspired kid to hip-swinging icon. It all builds up beautifully to his rendition of “Unchained Melody” and a mash-up of images somewhere between youthful hopes and broken desperation. Certainly, with the success of Freddie and Elton biopics behind us, ELVIS will target an equally dedicated audience, but with Luhrman at the helm, we might be in for more than fan fare, who knows?
Matt: I was one of many people back around 2000 who was entranced with Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. Okay, perhaps a tiny bit less so after Return of the King, though even with shield-surfing Elves, I still think that Jackson’s trilogy is a great accomplishment. Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings series titled The Rings of Power is definitely trying to recapture some of that magic – but I have to admit that I’m not feeling it. The recently released teaser trailer looks too much like “Remember the films? Remember high fantasy and New Zealand and CGI?” There’s nothing here that doesn’t make me think I should watch the series in its own right. Okay, that is not entirely true: there is Morfydd Clark, who was lovely in the delightful David Copperfield, and I’ve heard very good things about her performance in Saint Maud. Also, apparently Peter Mullan is in the series, so now I’m rather hoping we’ll get to see a choleric Tom Bombadil with a thick Glaswegian accent. C’mon, Bezos, make it happen!