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.
The second Black Panther film, Wakanda Forever, has quite a few issues and doesn’t come together nearly as well as its predecessor. At least that was Matt’s take on the film – though it handles Chadwick Boseman’s death with respect and genuine feeling. But since MCU trailers are a dime a dozen, let’s instead lead with a trailer for Boseman’s final films, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
From panthers to a very different kind of animal: in this week’s Six Damn Fine Degrees, Alan wrote about the joy of seeing the band Stealing Sheep perform live. And since the band worked on an alternative score for the animated film Fantastic Planet, why not include a trailer for it here?
Which brings us to our usual Sunday list of trailers from our contributors.
Sam: Why would we ever need another adaptation of Alexandre Dumas‘ eternal classic, The Three Musketeers? Every generation seems to have seen at least one star-studded cast sabre rattling and scheming their way through absolutist France. Besides the obvious ‘all for one and one for all’ heroism, the success of each adaptation always hinged on the villains the (actually four) musketeers had to step up against: Wwo could forget the delicious combinations of Lana Turner and Vincent Price (1948), Faye Dunaway and Christopher Lee (1973 and 1974), Rebecca de Mornay and Tim Curry (1993) and Milla Jovovic and Christoph Waltz (2011)? Well, what if the French themselves finally had a hand at this and cast some of their biggest international stars, possibly even stretching Dumas’ gigantic source material to not one but two spectacular movies? Et voilà! Meet Vincent Cassel, Roman Duris, Louis Garrel and – most excitingly of all – Eva Green as Mylady in an enormous-looking two-parter dropping this and next Christmas, starting with Part II: D’Artagnan! En guarde!
Mege: So let’s torture an uninspired writer by sending him and his wife on a hedonistic island full of gory violence and body horror. Written and directed by Brandon, son of Cronenberg. Yes, I think you get exactly what you think you are going to get. For a movie about doppelgängers, it’s disquieting that the son is as frighteningly interesting as his dad.
Matt: Hirokazu Kore-eda has worked outside Japan before, most notably when he made The Truth with Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche – a charming film, but by no means one of Kore-eda’s best. Broker, made in Korea and with a Korean cast (which includes Parasite‘s Song Kang-ho), may be closer to home in more ways than one – he came up with the idea when he was researching the Japanese adoption system for Like Father, Like Son. The trailer does look like the director may be veering a bit closer towards sentimentalism than he usually does, but hey, with a filmography such as Kore-eda’s, I’m willing to trust him a lot.