Some of the hottest new movie trailers. Let's get right to it!
Boobs. Muscles. Explosions. The Beach. The Water. More Boobs. More Muscles.
What more could you want or expect from the Baywatch trailer? This one delivered exactly what we thought we were going to get from a movie update of the cheesy cult TV show from the 90's, all with a helping of wry self-referential humour thrown in. In fact, this humour made the movie look like it's very much targetting the 21/22 Jump Street vibe, and while it didn't contain many laugh out loud moments, it did make us chuckle a few times. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Zac Efron are perfectly suited for this sort of entertainment, and the camera loves Alexandra Daddario.
Will this be a classic movie? Probably not. But the trailer made it look like a decent time at the movies.
6. Transformers: The Last Knight
This movie is going to be a mega-hit and will easily make over a billion dollars worldwide. This is despite the three previous Transformers sequels being completely savaged by critics. In the case of this franchise, critics and fans seem to vehemently disagree, and when the filmmakers' efforts are rewarded with such huge box office figures, it's easy to see why the movies keep getting made.
So, was the trailer for the fifth installment, The Last Knight, any good? Well, it felt suitably epic and large scale, with the first half of the trailer building an ominous tone pretty well. Sir Anthony Hopkins' voiceover, fresh off his excellent turn in HBO's Westworld, is characteristically great and some of the images are gorgeous. Then it all descends into the usual Transformers action and noise, with more explosions than can be counted and an overabundance of CGI. But hey, if it ain't broke?
5. The Mummy
This trailer intrigued us quite a bit. We can admit to not knowing a whole lot about the reboot of The Mummy franchise, which had previously starred Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz in the late 90's/early 2000's. We knew Tom Cruise was in it, and that was about all we had paid attention to.
So color us surprised when we really enjoyed the trailer and felt it did look like a fresh take on the old Universal movie monster. The first 80 seconds play out like a stripped down version of an entire scene from the movie, which was a novel way to start the trailer. It then explodes into a lot of action in the second half, and we get a good look at Sofia Boutella (Kingsman, Star Trek Beyond) as the monster. Her look is certainly eye-catching and different, so kudos to the filmmakers there. A bit of sleuthing afterwards also told us that Russell Crowe, who appears toward the end of the trailer, is playing Dr Jekkyl in the movie! Which is neat.
4. The Fate Of The Furious
Why, Dom, why?! Why would you betray your family?! I don't understand!
If this was your reaction to the trailer for The Fate Of The Furious, then you are just the type of audience member Universal craves. You are a viewer who has been watching The Fast & The Furious from the beginning and you care deeply about the characters and their stories. The 'family' (a word that is thrown around in these movies more than any other) has truly become beloved to audiences worldwide.
If your reaction was something more like 'Haha! This looks amazing! There's cars being chased over the ice by tanks and a submarine!'? Then you are also someone Universal will love, as you go to these movies for the insane, gravity and sense-defying spectacle that they present. This one looks just as over-the-top and ludicrous as the previous movies, and that is a very good thing.
Oh, and it includes The Rock teaming with bitter enemy Jason Statham to fight Vin Diesel! And Charlize Theron! Sold.
3. Spider-Man: Homecoming
The Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer is a fun-packed, fanboy excitement-inducing delight. 'Nuff said.
But, if we really have to say more, then we will have to point to Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. The young English actor was universally praised after his extended cameo in Captain America: Civil War. Here was a Spider-Man who was very young, very inexperienced and very awkward. But he was also geekily charming and winningly enthusiastic, and was instantly loveable. He looks like he's continued that performance right into his solo movie. The trailer looks like it's captured the high-school aspect of the character perfectly, and Peter's supporting cast looks equally charming. Oh, and funny. The MCU movies have always had a rich vein of humour, and this trailer had several laugh out loud moments.
And Michael Keaton as The Vulture? Yes, please!
2. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
Speaking of Marvel trailers that were utterly delightful, step up the first trailer for Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2!
Taking a similar route to The Mummy trailer, this one opens with a chopped down version of an entire scene from the movie. We laughed ourselves silly as Rocket tried his best to explain to Baby Groot why he shouldn't press the 'death button' on a bomb, because then they'd all die! Bradley Cooper's vocal performance is superb, and Baby Groot is undeniably super-cute and hilarious. And will sell a huge amount of toys.
The trailer then explodes into some action footage from the film, all of which looks completely stunning. This movie looks like it's going to show us even more visually eye-popping locations and colourful space-beasties than movie one, and that pleases us a whole bunch. Director James Gunn and his cast/crew truly look like they've captured the same wonderful tone that made the first movie such a massive hit. Loved it.
1. War For The Planet Of The Apes
That one word describes this trailer perfectly. 20th Century Fox has had it's critics in the last few years for mishandling some of their properties, namely the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises. But one property that they have most certainly treated with respect and actually increased it's standing in the eyes of moviegoers everywhere is Planet Of The Apes.
Rise and Dawn, the two previous entries, are marvelous pieces of cinema. Through a combination of top notch acting and revolutionary CGI, they took a kitschy concept and made it unflinchingly real. These movies showed how terrifying the scenario would actually be. War looks like it's taken that to it's natural conclusion. We've seen humans and apes try to co-exist, but characters on both sides have ensured that will not be possible. So now it's all-out war.
Andy Serkis is sure to be compelling and emotional as Caesar again, and Woody Harrelson cuts an imposing figure as the main human antagonist. We can't wait for this one.