Southpaw – the trailer

This week on Filmfookingcrazy is all about trailers. I love a good trailer – who doesn’t? I’ve come across a lot of articles in the past about great trailers, and films don’t quite live up to them. While I could sit and rant for ages about teasers that I loved, and features that didn’t deliver, today’s short ramble is going to be about the up-and-coming boxing drama Southpaw. Anton Fuqua’s film looks promising, and the trailer is looking even better – lets talk through why.

While the initial trailer gives away what most seem to think is the whole film – for Rachel McAdams’s part in the feature is obviously short – Fuqua’s drama appears to encompass a lot more then meets the eye. Themes of grief, family and respect (to name but a few) seem to dominate the trailer, and Jake Gyllenhaal as Billy “The Great” Hope looks on form as a disheveled champion fighting to re-gain his title – and his life. Known for bringing a level of sentiment often missing in many male actors, Gyllenhaal looks as though he channels the rough edges and emotion he is so applauded for in his role here.

Soundtracks are always key, too. Not just in the finished product, but in the teasers and trailers leading up to it. Southpaw doesn’t let us down and boasts its own single. Sung by Eminem and named Phenomenal, can we expect the same come the end of viewing Fuqua’s film? Gritty urban backdrops serve their purpose as a reminder of the underbelly of boxing and Southpaw looks set to be a stand-out in an array of sport dramas that have weaved in and out of cinemas over the past decade.

 

 

 

 

Jurassic World trailer unveiled

Before the new Jurassic World trailer was released the excitement for this up-and-coming project was off the scale. It has been so many years since the pitfall of the third, and hopes that this would be a return to the intensity and slight horror of the first were high. Having watched the trailer, the main component that stuck in my head was the futuristic element which is apparently a dominating force (well, dominating in the trailer anyway). Now, if you love a bit of sci-fi and you love some dinosaurs thrown in for good measure, the trailer (again, not necessarily the film) is right up your alley. Going forward with the thought in mind that trailers are often far removed from the final product, Jurassic World can (and I’m sure will) still be good fair.

promotional poster for jurassic world

promotional poster for jurassic world

What do we see in the trailer? Bryce Dallas Howard as a kind of Laura Dern-esque character, screaming ‘RUUUUUUUUN‘ and holding a flash light (exciting stuff), two brothers experiencing the new park for the first time (totally reminiscent of the brother/sister duo from the first, which is definitely intriguing in this instance) and the new leading man Chris Pratt as the guy that seems to be calling the shots in how to survive this whole thing. These moments in the trailer stood out as great elements of a survival drama which is hopefully what this will work out to be. But, the arrival of a ridiculously over-sized Alligator being fed a shark? C’mon…leave it out, surely that belongs in the old-school and rather silly (but still enjoyable) Lake Placid? And the genetic engineering of a giant dinosaur seems to be the antagonist of the whole piece (do these people never learn?). Why not just stick to what you know is good – you know, those cheeky Velociraptor’s that can open doors. My guessing is they’ve mixed those naughty so and so’s with a T-Rex and we are left with a super dino out for blood.

Whatever this film holds, be excited because its Jurassic bloody World. We’ve all been looking out for a new installement that bears that title, and we have it. (Oh, and the tagline for the film of ‘The park is open’ is pretty cool too.) Jurassic World comes out June 12th and you can watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFinNxS5KN4

 

 

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – trailer release

The most eagerly awaited blockbuster of the year, hands down, has to be this, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Being the third, and final, installment in a series of films that has  captured the hearts and imaginations of millions, is a an important position to hold, and certainly looks as  though it will offer everything and more audiences are expecting. The final feature trailer has finally arrived, with a month until release, and scenes of battle and blistering effects dominate. The previous two have been journey movies, a bit like what we had with LOTR but with less action, and more family-friendly material. The first film, An Unexpected Journey offered up singing Dwarves and a naive, and untraveled Bilbo. The cinematography was as stunning as ever (everyone remembers the 48fps debate, but it certainly paid off) and being able to revisit Middle Earth, and some beloved characters was a treat all on its own. That’s almost all we needed in the first, and that’s pretty much all that we got (with some confusing plot-folds too, of course). The second, The Desolation of Smaug stepped up the game, bringing tense action (featuring Benedict Cumberbatch in his first performance capture role as the malevolent Smaug) and the pace literally picked up, as Thorin and company continued their trek to retrieve the Arkenstone.

the hobbit: the battle of the five armies

the hobbit: the battle of the five armies

For me, The Hobbit films have presented themselves as accessible material, for audiences that previously might not of been clued-up on the happenings of this fantasy world. The adventure theme has been wonderful through-out, the first two were joys to view at the cinema (the glorious effects can only fully be appreciated on the big screen), and Martin Freeman makes a wonderful Bilbo, as he strengthens and finds his feet away from his home, The Shire (a place we all wished we lived, right?). Desolation ended with the audience on tender-hooks I’m sure, with Smaug outwitting Thorin and co, and Lake-Town being his destination of wrath. Five Armies promises a return of Sauron and his terrifying Cockney (re-watch LOTR and you’ll know what I mean) Orcs and a battle of epic proportions, to not only take down Smaug, but for the Dwarves to take back their home. The Trailer featured Orlando Bloom’s Legolas and Evangeline Lilly’s Tauriel a-plenty, pulling some impressive skills against the hordes of mythical creatures coming to attack, as well as scenes of thousands of soldiers lined up, prepared to fight, which felt reminiscent of the best moments of The Two Towers.

The trailer opens with Bilbo reminding Thorin of a promise he made, and Luke Evans’ Bard the Bowman blaming him for the ruin brought upon his town. These moments bring the feeling of a poignant end for a series of films that have been in the hearts of viewers for over thirteen years. The final trailer was released sixteen hours ago, and has already received over two million views – which tells you everything you need to know. This series of films would have to do something extreme with the narrative, or characters, to alienate a legion of fans. And I’m almost certain it wont. December 17th sees it’s release in both 3D and IMAX, and you can watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVAgTiBrrDA

 

Unbroken first look – trailer review

Audience’s have finally been granted a look at Angelina Jolie’s third effort as a director; Unbroken. Starring a very British Jack O’Connell doing a very convincing American accent (shock all round), at a first glance Unbroken looked like a sports move of-sorts. However, there is much more to this latest offering from actress turned director Jolie, as the trailer delivers scenes of war horror in a Japanese Prison Camp. From this first trailer release it looks like an epic is on the cards, with the film looking as though it follows the true life story of Louis Zamperini from his early athletics days to the brutality he experienced at the hands of the Japanese, to his journey of recovery after. The trailer makes promises of a film full of moments of O’Connell at his best; hard, brutal and unforgettable. This could just be the film that breaks the Skins actor into the American market. With a supporting cast of Garrett Hedlund and Domhnall Gleeson, and a screenplay written by audience favourite’s Joel and Ethan Coen, Unbroken is shaping up to be a unique epic, which with Jolie at the helm should certainly be achievable and rather enjoyable.

By the looks of the trailer and as already mentioned Unbroken will follow Zamperini from his childhood right through to his time after the war, a generational story which with O’Connell’s powerful charisma could  lead him to be this years new filmic hero. O’Connell’s boyish charm, and cheeky-chappy air are all on display in the trailer, hopefully indicating he has put his all into embodying Zamperini, at his best and worst. The ties of family and friendship look to be key in Unbroken and the determination and will of Zamperini as both an athlete, soldier and survivor of a prison camp all look like vital elements to an already seemingly compelling story. However, the scenes showing Zamperini’s training look almost Forest Gump-esque, and surely a film so far apart from the 1994 classic shouldn’t be reminiscent of it. For now, we’ll forget that and hope that the cliches of war and sports films wont let down what promises to be one of the best features of 2014.

Looking as though Unbroken combines aspects of the journey, war and sports feature, it could look to be a little sloppy and perhaps over-whelming (not in a positive way). But, with an actor like O’Connell as the lead, and a feminine approach with Jolie as director, Unbroken shouldn’t be put to one side yet.