December appears to be a month crammed with exciting films. With so many promising options, it is nearly impossible to decide which movie is worth the price of a admission. Here are 10 of the best trailers for December.
1. Jackie (December 2nd)
There have been many films depicting the life of the Kennedys but that does not make the trailer for the upcoming Jackie any less powerful. Natalie Portman somehow manages to elevate to a level of acting she has not previously reached despite her solid work throughout her career. Following Jackie Kennedy’s experiences closely rather than just a film about the Kennedys in general makes for a fascinating film.
Trivia: The film was originally going to be directed by Darren Aronofsky and star Rachel Weisz as Jackie Kennedy but both decided to drop out of the project.
2. Nocturnal Animals (December 9)
The trailer for Nocturnal Animals is intense, nerve-racking and while it may make for a good film, any sense of keeping such a level of suspense throughout the entire movie may be far too much. Directed by Tom Ford, the well-known fashion designer who suddenly showed the world that he was also a secretly talented filmmaker when he made 2009's A Single Man.
Trivia: Even though director Tom Ford is a fashion designer who has made many products, none are featured in Nocturnal Animals. He did not want to make the film into an advertisement for his products.
3. Office Christmas Party (December 9)
Office Christmas Party has a fifty-fifty chance of being a hilarious film that will result in repeated viewing every Christmas, or being jam-packed with the funniest people only to be a disappointment. It is always risky with a movie so star-studded but the added aspect of it being a Christmas movie could mean trouble. The trailer looks enticing enough to pull in a few viewers. Lets just hope all the best laughs are not in the trailer.
Trivia: This is the fifth film Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston have worked on together.
4. La La Land (December 16)
For a completely whimsical and lovely time at the theater, La La Land delivers. At least the trailer certainly does. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling already proved themselves to be an adorable couple in 2011’s Crazy, Stupid, Love and they are just as charming here. The story of an actress and a jazz musician told as a visually stunning musical, showing just how love can be magical.
Trivia: La La Land was originally going to star Miles Teller and Emma Watson. Scheduling conflicts cause them to both drop out. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone took on the roles and this is their third collaboration after Crazy, Stupid Love and Gangster Squad.
5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (December 16)
It is hard not to get excited about another Star Wars film, even for those who aren’t big fans. After the disappointing first three chapters, also known as the Jar Jar Binks disasters, it’s great to see that The Force Awaken was so phenomenal that it incites excitement again. It seems that ever since The Theory of Everything, Felicity Jones has emerged as a real movie star and scoring the lead in a Star Wars movie is well deserved.
Trivia: Rogue One is the first Star Wars spin-off film to be released in theaters. The two Ewok films, The Ewok Adventures(1984) and Ewok: The Battle for Endor (1985) were television movies.
6. A Kind of Murder (December 16th)
After adapting Patricia Highsmith’s novels The Talented Mr. Ripley and Carol (The Price of Salt), filmmakers have taken from her material once again for A Kind of Murder. Based on 1954’s The Blunderer, Patrick Wilson plays an architect and novelist who begins an affair with a young woman played by Haley Bennett. Bennett seems to be having quite the year with previous roles in Magnificent Seven and The Girl on the Train. Jessica Biel plays the wife who turns up dead. Did he kill her, did the mistress kill her or did she off herself? The trailer for A Kind of Murder looks good partly due to its cast but mostly because it is a lush period piece based on strong source material.
Trivia: Patrick Wilson and Jessica Biel previously worked together in The A-Team (2010).
7. Passengers (December 21)
One of the most anticipated film of the year, the trailer for Passengers is fantastic. Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are two of the sexiest and most popular actors right now, making them an ideal pairing for a love story in space. It helps that judging by trailer, they have great chemistry. The plot revolves around the two waking up 90 years too early in a hibernation pod that was carrying their friends and family. The trailer has humor, romance, and action. It's pretty much out of this world.
Trivia:Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are both apart of the Marvel Universe. Lawrence is young Mystique of X-Men and Pratt is Star Lord of Guardians of the Galaxy.
8. 20th Century Women (December 25)
If Greta Gerwig is in a film, you know you’re in good hands. Along with the always incredible Gerwig, 20th Century Women also includes Annette Benning, Elle Fanning, and Billy Crudup, which makes for an exceptional cast. If that isn’t enough, Mike Mills, the man who made 2010’s Beginners is the filmmaker behind this which adds a few points to its overall success.
Trivia: The premise of the film is loosely based on director, Mike Mills, real life and the women who raised him growing up in the 1970s.
9. Fences (December 25)
What may be the most powerful trailer of December, Fences promises to deliver some Academy Award winning performances. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis are so good it feels like an intrusion to watch their performances. The two play a couple who have put aside their dreams to live an average domestic existence while raising their son in 1950s Pittsburgh. There is so much said and left unsaid in the trailer that it provides just enough to paint a picture of a truly emotional film for this holiday season.
Trivia: The film is based on a play by August Wilson. It won a Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 1987.
10. Patterson (December 28)
The new Jim Jarmusch film is for those who want to watch a low-key character piece rather than a spectacle this holiday season. While other films may be aiming for Oscar gold, the people behind Patterson seem to have more interest in telling a story. That being said, this may be the film that spotlights Adam Driver’s talent enough for a few nominations this award season. The trailer explores the everyday life of a bus driver working in Paterson, New Jersey and all of the people he meets along the way.
Trivia: Adam Driver’s bus driver is also a poet. Jim Jarmusch requested contemporary poet, Ron Padgett to write original poems for Driver’s character. Padgett also agreed to let Jarmusch use his previous poetry for the character.