In a follow up to a previous article from December 2016 in which we analysed a batch of the biggest movie trailers...we're going to do it again! Here's some (more) of the hottest new movie trailers, reviewed and rated! Lets do this thing!
7. Transformers: The Last Knight Trailer #3
This trailer is hot off the press (so to speak), having just dropped today.
Now, full disclosure, before we go any further. We know next-to-nothing about the Transformers franchise. We also haven't been fans of any of Michael Bay's movies since the first one in 2007. That one was pretty great. But the sequels? Yeesh.
So, take this with a grain of salt when we say that this trailer, the third one to be released for the fifth installment in the franchise, almost makes us want to watch the film. Almost.
The trailer is suitably epic in tone and imagery, and Anthony Hopkins gives good voiceover. We're definitely intrigued by what we assume are flashbacks to the Transformers' time on Earth during the Arthurian days, and we've always had a soft spot for Mark Wahlberg. But we have to admit, at a certain point during the trailer we started zoning out because of all the usual planet-destroying destruction and overuse of CGI.
Rating: 6.0/10 - Watch the Trailer
6. King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword Trailer #2
Speaking of the Arthurian legend...
This one looks like it could be one of the biggest wildcard's of the summer. We really enjoyed both of director Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes movies, and are happy to see he has reunited with Jude Law for this film. We were also huge fans of Sons Of Anarchy, so are always happy to see Charlie Hunnam getting movie roles.
However, this trailer left us unsure what to make of it. The imagery is incredible in places, and it does look like a fun interpretation of King Arthur and Excalibur, but it definitely descended into a CGI-heavy mess towards the end of the trailer, like Transformers did. We're also wary that Hunnam barely has any lines in the trailer. His previous attempt to become a big screen action hero was in Pacific Rim, and his performance left much to be desired in that movie. This trailer hasn't shown a whole lot to convince us that this will suit his particular skills any better.
Rating: 6/10 - Watch the Trailer
5. Justice League Trailer #1
The DC Extended Universe of films needs a win in 2017. That much is certain. After vitriolic reactions, both critically and from areas of their fanbase, to Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad, DC/Warner Brothers really need both Wonder Woman and Justice League to be beloved hits. Judging by this trailer, though? We fear audiences are just in for more of the same. Uh oh.
The trailer isn't bad, by any means. But it looks very much in-keeping with the tone of the rest of the DCEU, which has gone over so poorly so far. Sure, they've added in a few jokes here and there, but crucially, they're not very funny. That line where Bruce Wayne says his superpower is that he's rich? Pretty lame.
We will say that there is one definite high-spot of the trailer: Jason Momoa's Aquaman. Looking like an undersea version of Thor, Momoa exhibits huge amounts of screen presence and certainly looks the part. Can we just skip ahead to the Aquaman solo movie directed by James Wan, please?!
Rating: 6.5/10 - Watch the Trailer
4. The Mummy Trailer #2
This trailer hit a lot of the right notes for us. Does it look a bit over-the-top and silly? Well, yes. But it's a monster movie, so we're cool with that!
This is intended to be the launching pad for a whole shared universe of monster movies made by Universal (because everyone's got to have a cinematic universe these days), and it looks like they'll be off to a fun start.
The trailer exudes a vibe of ghoulish, action-packed entertainment, and Sofia Boutella looks to be a memorable incarnation of one of cinema's most enduring monsters. Tom Cruise does his usual Tom Cruise stuff (which we like), and it'll be intriguing to see how Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders) fares as the female lead. She could be in for a big summer, as she is also in King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword.
Rating: 7.5/10 - Watch the Trailer
3. Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer #2
Yes. A thousand times yes!
We're entering the realm of the truly top notch trailers now. Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter Parker's first solo outing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, looks absolutely marvelous. The action looks exciting, the performances look note perfect, the colour scheme is vibrant. In fact, it looks like a Spidey comic come to life.
Oh, and remember earlier when we criticized Justice League for attempting humour but failing? This trailer does 'funny' infinitely better, and there are several chucklesome moments interspersed throughout.
We suppose, if we were being churlish, we could moan that they perhaps gave away too much of the plot in this trailer. After all, now we know Peter has his Spider-Man suit taken off him by Tony Stark, after disobeying his orders at one point, and has to prove himself worthy without it. But hey, when a trailer is this entertaining? We can let that slide.
Rating: 8.5/10 - Watch the Trailer
2. Thor: Ragnarok Teaser Trailer #1
'Yes! We know each other! He's a friend from work!'
If you didn't bust a gut laughing at this gag, which happens at the end of this trailer when Thor is about to be forced into battling the Hulk in an intergalactic gladitorial arena, then we don't think we can be friends any more. Sorry.
We loved this trailer. Much, much more than we ever expected to, in fact. We enjoyed both previous Thor movies, but neither are seen as anywhere near the top echelon on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When New Zealand director Taiki Waititi (Hunt For The Wilderpeople) was announced as the helmer of Thor: Ragnarok, we were intrigued, but still didn't know what to expect.
Then this trailer hit, and all our concerns evaporated in a storm of colour, great action, Jack Kirby-inspired character and set design, and lashings of humour. It kind of looks like they've infused Thor with some of the Guardians Of The Galaxy vibe, actually. And we think that's awesome.
Oh, and do you know what else was awesome? The use of Led Zeppelin's 'Immigrant Song' in the trailer. Amazing.
Rating: 9/10 - Watch the Trailer
1. War For The Planet Of The Apes Trailer #2
Both Thor and Spider-Man look like bucketloads of fun. War For The Planet Of The Apes looks like anything but. Transformers and The Mummy both look like they're aiming for epic, but feel hollow somehow. But this? This looks properly epic. And insanely intense and emotionally powerful.
Before the release of Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes in 2011, if you had told us we would be so feverishly anticipating an Apes movie, we probably would've laughed at you. But this franchise has been positively incredible, and the third installment of the trilogy looks like it's going to follow suit.
If you are a fan of either Rise or Dawn, just try and watch this trailer without feeling your heart beating faster. The imagery and the sheer rawness of the action will definitely get the pulse racing, but at its core, the emotionality on display is what truly makes this trailer work. Caesar, played by Andy Serkis and realized with motion-capture technology, has been one of cinema's great characters in the last decade. He looks like he has a worthy adversary in this one: Woody Harrelson's crazed military general comes across extremely intimidating.
This one just might be the trailer of the year.
Rating: 9.5/10 - Watch the Trailer