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TrailerChat – 18 September 2020

Welcome to our latest roundup of some of the recently released trailers, with thoughts and feedback from the CineChat team. As always, please let us know your thoughts regarding any of these upcoming movies/shows in the comments or on any of our social media platforms.

The Stand

From IMDb: After the world is in ruins, due to a man-made plague, a battle of Biblical proportions ensues between the survivors. Released later this year

Mary: I’ve read the book which was immense both in story and size.It has the ability to be a great adaptation, it’s a great cast so call me intrigued. I hope they can do it justice.

Matt: Anything Stephen King is usually fantastic, even when the budget for some adaptations doesn’t feel particularly ‘enough’ – there’s a quality about his stories that makes this not matter in the slightest. I have zero clue what this is about but I’m interested. I can’t believe we are seeing Whoopi back on the big screen either! Plus James Marsden too. (Shame about Amber Heard, though.)

Lee: I’m sure I watched the original 1994 TV version, but remember little about the story. This short teaser is creepy and effective enough to have me intrigued and interested though.

Clare: I’ve heard bits and bobs on this through some of the podcasts I listen to. All I know is that it’s Stephen King and meant to be fairly ambitious, and the trailer doesn’t give me too much else to go from, but I love Heather Graham so what a delight to see her there! It’s definitely one I’ll at least try the first ep of.


Dune

From IMDb: Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel, about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy. Released December 2020

Matt: I’ve personally never seen the original Dune but I’ve been holding back so that the plot/premise will still be new when it comes to seeing this in a couple of months. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I don’t think it was quite this – I’m not disappointed though. This feels like a Star Wars, Marvel, Blade Runner 2049, Cloud Atlas/Jupiter Ascending mash-up, and the scale is obviously undeniable! And that cast list at the end, I mean… come on! Absolutely amazing. I think this trailer will please a lot of long-time fans and will be another reason to celebrate Denis Villeneuve. I hope I like this, although I’m worried it seems a bit more “mainstream”(?) than I was expecting. Still looks promising though, it’s a great trailer

Mary: Hmm I’m just not sure, I’m not a sci-fi nut, this is a cult classic book and it certainly has its fans but this might be a bit too much of the genre for me. It’s got a killer cast that might clinch it for me but I’m not convinced I’ll like it if I do actually watch it.

Lee: It’s clear from the months of Twitter hype, followed by a teaser for the trailer, then an online event in order to present the trailer(!), that Dune is kind of a big deal to a lot of people. I’ve not read the book or seen the original Dune, so I watched with bated breath for this trailer to finally be unveiled… only to feel totally underwhelmed! I mean, the cast list alone looks incredible, and I get the impression that it’s certainly the type of film I’d enjoy. I just didn’t get any sense of what the actual plot is from the trailer! So, for now, I’m trusting in the many people on Twitter who are very excited by it.

Clare: Hmm, I’m not a huge sci-fi fan and tend to struggle to remain engaged during massive ‘epics’ – this trailer didn’t do anything to convince me otherwise. But good god do I love Timothée Chalamet and I mean, what an amazing cast in general. If we lived in a world where cinemas were booming and I felt completely comfortable going to them, this would be high on my list. Right now, not sure.


Freaky

From IMDb: After swapping bodies with a deranged serial killer, a young girl in high school discovers she has less than 24 hours before the change becomes permanent.Released November 2020

Matt: I love this! Horror cliches = bad. Horror PARODY = good! It exempts itself from being a crap formulaic horror film instantly, so I’ll be watching this for sure. The “You’re black, I’m gay, we are so dead” line killed me (in a good way)!

Mary: Oh my god I haven’t laughed like that in a trailer in a can’t remember how long. This looks awesome!!! I am absolutely seeing this!

Lee: From the director of Happy Death Day, which I love. This reminds me a lot of that movie in its style and humour, so I am definitely going to check this one out.

Clare: I want this to be good, I love the style and Newton has been climbing up the ranks on ‘ones to watch’ for me. I just hope Vaughn can pull this off? If he can, it’ll be amazing, and we need some silly horror to brighten up our days!!


Eternal Beauty

From IMDb: After Jane (Sally Hawkins) falls into a state of despair over her schizophrenia, she encounters new sources of love and life with surprising results. Released October 2020

Mary: Oh wow is that Sally Hawkins. She is such an interesting actor, she makes really diverse choices. I haven’t got a clue what this is about but I’ll see if for Hawkins alone to be honest. This could get her some serious awards buzz if it gets the right attention.

Matt: I’m definitely intrigued by this, from the perspective of style and cast alone I think this will be worth a watch (even Billie Piper!), but there also seems to be some important social commentary underpinning the narrative which looks terrific. I’m not sure we’ll be hearing about this one come awards time, I think it’s going to be quite a competitive year in the end and I don’t know if this film will have enough presence to pull through in that respect. But this should still be a great watch!

Clare: ‘Otherworldly’ as mentioned in the trailer seems absolutely right, this made me feel all kinds of odd. Sally Hawkins tends to take brilliant roles, even in bad movies, so that alone makes me feel this could be a watch, but after I’m Thinking of Ending Things, I’m not sure I’m ready to slip back into the world of abstract mental illness!

Lee: Likewise, I’m not entirely sure what’s going on and Sally Hawkins is great, so I’ll be interested to see how this plays out. Trailers for these types of movies do like to overload you random scenes and that tends to work against it for me.


Rebecca

From IMDb: A young newlywed arrives at her husband’s imposing family estate on a windswept English coast and finds herself battling the shadow of his first wife, Rebecca, whose legacy lives on in the house long after her death. Released October 2020

Mary: Finally!!! A film I’m really looking forward to seeing. This looks fantastic, love the gothic atmosphere which is straight out of the book. I can’t wait to see Kristin Scott Thomas as Mrs Danvers I think she’ll be amazing, and Lily James obviously is brilliant, I’d watch her in anything. Great cast, fantastic production design very capable director. October 21st can’t come soon enough!

Matt: I really like the story, and the original 1940 Hitchcock film, but my worry with this is that it’ll be overkill, like the Kenneth Branagh Poirot films – too much style and not enough substance, and this is a VERY ‘showy’ trailer. They really don’t leave much to the imagination, do they? I have to agree that Kristin Scott Thomas looks incredible in this, and dare I say will probably steal the entire show. But luckily I like the rest of the cast (Hi, Armie. Hi.) so it could be a decent adaptation, we’ll see!

Clare: I’m sorry, I barely made it through 1 minute of the trailer before having to turn it off. If you follow me on social media you’ll be aware that I cannot stand Lily James. I’m sorry, I know people seem to think she’s the second coming but I’ve seen plastic sticks look more natural. Bleurgh. No thank you.

Lee: I made it through the first minute of the trailer, but after that I started to struggle. Not because of Lily James, who I really like 😁, but because it all felt a bit dull. The trailer really does try to layer on the drama and tension, but I wasn’t feeling any of it. Looks good, great cast, but don’t think this is for me.


The Trial of the Chicago 7

From IMDb: The story of 7 people on trial stemming from various charges surrounding the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois. Released October 2020

Mary: Hmm this looks interesting, very impressive cast. Joseph Gordon Levitt is officially back! And this looks very different for Eddie Redmayne in a very good way. It’s Aaron Sorkin so obviously the script will be superb, I think this will be really good, and really powerful.

Matt: This film couldn’t be any more timely could it? Like Judas and the Black Messiah, the subject matter is 2020 to a T. I’m not 100% sure what the story specifically is about, and although I don’t think it would be my favourite film, this is a memorable trailer and there is obviously a lot of talent on show here. Sacha Baron Cohen has been generating some buzz in his role which will definitely be interesting to see given his past filmography, and I think the ensemble as a whole could be a very successful combination.

Clare: Very curious about this one. It feels a little Oscar bait-y but equally impressive with the cast and the trailer builds that tension up superbly. Excited to see Sasha Baron Cohen do more on the serious side as he is a genuinely brilliant actor. I just hope the film manages to keep up the tempo of the trailer.

Lee: We regularly feature trailers on these posts for movies that are based on true stories, stories that I’m unfamiliar with. And I’m sure I always say the same thing – that I do love a movie based on a true story, even more so when it’s regarding an important and timely moment in history. I’m a fan of Aaron Sorkin and this is a nice, tense trailer which does a great job of grabbing my interest.