I’ll be in my trailer… watching trailers: What a tangled web we weave

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 recent news that apparently a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo was in the works sent ripples of outrage through some corners of the internet – but it seems that our resident Hitchcock-phile Sam is remarkably open-minded about the possibility of someone else taking a stab at the classic.

Meanwhile, Matt’s been visiting – and revisiting – some choice virtual places and writing about how sometimes virtual unreality is where it’s at.

And this brings us to the regular trailers for this week.

Mege: Every MCU character gets their own movie? That’s all right for Nick Fury, since Mr Jackson can most definitely carry a movie. And he has to fight harder because there are no superpowers for him. Except Agent Hill – and when does she get her own feature? Or Mantis?

Sam: What to anticipate from a Greta Gerwig take on the Barbie universe, with a deliciously droll Margot Robbie and an improbably platinum blonde Ryan Gosling as her favourite Ken? The official trailer teases audiences with only the one expository bits: Barbie world as a plasticky dreamscape where double entendres fall on deaf ears and where Barbie decides to take her Barbie mobile (and neon roller skates!) and see what’s beyond the known horizon. Here’s hoping that’s where the meat of Gerwig‘s tale will lie: the culture clash of Dolly World vs. Real World!

Matt: While I’ve enjoyed much of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (at least until a couple of years ago, when the big climactic endgame deflated the cinematic balloon that is the MCU), for me there’s no doubt that the best, most original, and most rewatchable superhero movie of recent years, and possibly of all time, is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. But can you catch lightning in a bottle? Can they do it again, and keep it as fresh and imaginative with not only a sequel but a two-film sequel at that? The first teaser trailer fell somewhat flat for me, and I’m still not 100% convinced by the full trailer – but after Into the Spider-Verse, which managed to be exciting, funny and surprisingly emotional, I’m happy to give them the benefit of the doubt.

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