Weekly Trailer Reviews 10/21-10/27 (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, etc)

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier–  Marvel’s second solo film with the first avenger forgoes the pageantry of wartime America and jumps right into ’70s-style political intrigue.  Robert Redford??  What is this, “All the President’s Men”?  “Marathon Man”?  No red, white, and blue suit?  In all seriousness though, this is a heck of a trailer.  For all the travails of the other avengers, Cap (Chris Evans) might just have the toughest task- being a leader…of super humans in a period of time where he isn’t close to anyone, and doesn’t have family. It’s an honorable thing to help defend what isn’t most precious to you, but perhaps Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) will become more than a ‘teammate’ to him, and offer a deeper meaning to his life. 

Also- the ‘Winter Soldier’ (Sebastian Stan) is known to some, but not all.  Let’s hope the purposeful shading of his character in the trailer is a prelude to a fantastic battle of wits and powers between hero and villain.  If there is any downside to the excitement I have for this film, it’s that the directing brothers Russo haven’t done anything on film to inspire me; however, neither has “Thor: The Dark World”‘s Alan Taylor, and I trust him.

Emily Van Camp, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell (Agent Peggy Carter returns!), Toby Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, and Cobie Smulders co-star, and it arrives in theaters April 4, 2014.  (Unless I’m missing something, the poster is misleading)

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues– The first full-length trailer for the most anticipated comedy in the last decade arrived this past week.  It did not smell of rich mahogany, but perhaps a solid pine.  The solid opening scene of the trailer is the best part; however, I’ll reserve judgment and assume that this is a case of leaving the best parts for the actual film.  Most comedies give away the comedic moments during the trailer, leaving little else to the imagination (see: Adam Sandler movies), but I’ll give director Adam McKay and crew the benefit of the doubt, considering how incredibly funny the original film is.  This opens December 20th, 2013, and I’ll be there opening night if I can; just imagining the litany of guest stars alongside the Channel 4 newsteam is enough to make you laugh:  Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Jim Carrey, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kristen Wiig, Nicole Kidman, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, oh my!

That Awkward Moment–  I’ve seen two red band trailers in the last two months, and strangely enough, they’ve both been for movies starring Zac Efron.  In this comedy, he shares the screen with Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan (“Fruitvale Station”) as pals who vow to stay away from the ladies, since you know, girls suck or whatever.  Of course, it’s hard to do when you’re young, male, and apparently have uncontrollable urges.  This seems like it will land one step above “Sex Drive”, and fall one large step below “High Fidelity” in terms quality for the genre of guy-driven comedies about understanding the nature of sex and relationships.  This trailer will probably be more well-known for a scene involving Mr. Efron naked and planking a toilet than anything else; it’s possible that’s all the film will be known for, but I’ll put my trust in Michael B. Jordan to elevate the source material, at least when he’s on-screen.  If nothing else, young, notorious heart-throbs will be shirtless at times, so I’m sure it’ll make money.  This opens January 31, 2014. 

Hercules: The Legend Begins– Boy, it’s a great thing we were all yearning for competing ‘Hercules’ movies, because we’ve got ’em! There’s Dwayne Johnson’s “Hercules: The Thracian Wars”, and this film, starring everyone’s favorite hulking man-god….Kellan Lutz.  (sigh)  I’ve said before that it’s unfair to compare every sword & sandal epic these days to “300”, since that itself borrowed from the genre, but it’s fair to say after watching this trailer that this ‘Hercules’ interpretation is clearly made in the mode of “300”.  Unfortunately for this film, the “300” sequel opens the same month, and the more recognizable Dwayne Johnson occupies the same role later in the year.  If you’re interested, this opens in March of 2014.

Endless Love– This is 50% of a very solid trailer, and 50% of every ‘Romeo & Juliet’ ripoff’s trailer.  Alex Pettyfer shows up with long locks and tries to seduce a very innocent, wealthy young girl (Emma Rigby).  I honestly could not tell if his intentions were purely deviant, or if he truly cared for the girl based on the trailer.  What I am sure of is that Florence & the Machine’s rendition of “Addicted to Love” playing over the first half was an excellent addition.  Bruce Greenwood also shows up as the girl’s father, who, surprisingly, doesn’t want the boy in her life, and Robert Patrick appears perfectly rugged as the boy’s father, who naturally needs to defend his son.  I can’t imagine anything new or revelatory coming from this film, but I suppose if you’re a fan of “Dirty Dancing”, this one’s right up your alley.  Pettyfer is even shown emerging from under a vehicle he’s been working on to complete the hunk profile.  I’m not sure I buy him as a mechanic, or anything for that matter, but at some point people didn’t believe in Patrick Swayze, either.  This opens on Valentine’s Day, competing with the film I’ll actually see that day, “About Last Night”.

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