TrailerChat – 2 March 2020

Welcome to our latest roundup of recently released trailers, with thoughts and feedback from the CineChat team. It’s been a while since our last TrailerChat post, but hopefully we’ll get back to releasing these a little more regularly from now on. As always, please let us know your thoughts regarding any of these upcoming movies/shows in the comments!

Blithe Spirit

From IMDb: A spiritualist medium holds a seance for a writer suffering from writers block but accidentally summons the spirit of his deceased first wife which leads to an increasingly complex love triangle with his current wife of five years. Released May 2020

Matt: I saw Blithe Spirit on stage a few years ago and absolutely loved it – part of the novelty being that the entirety of the play is set in one room (which David Lean’s 1945 film adaptation mostly adhered to), so I fear this version will lose some of the magic by departing too far from the original parameters… This is also much camper than I had envisaged, but I’m sure Judi Dench will knock it out of the park as the mad Madame Arcati.

Clare: Definitely not my usual kind of film, but it seems all kinds of wacky, and that cast list is a dream, so the trailer definitely has me intrigued. Hoping for some ‘Death Becomes Her’ style antics.

Lee: Well, I’m pretty uncultured so wasn’t familiar with this one at all! Funnily enough, I also got some ‘Death Becomes Her’ vibes from the trailer, and agree that this is a very impressive cast. It certainly has an interesting look and style to it though, with the potential to be a lot of fun.

Mary: Now this is right up my street! Fantastic cast, great era and what sounds like a very clever screenplay.
This looks so much fun for the actors as well as the audience. Judi Dench looks like she’s having a ball! and Dan Stevens is constantly surprising me with his skill. I can’t wait for this!!!

Candyman (2020)

From IMDb: A “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 horror film ‘Candyman’ that returns to the now-gentrified Chicago neighborhood where the legend began. Released June 2020

Clare: Ok so this looks great, I adore the choice of Destiny’s Child, I want to support female directors, diverse casts and the horror industry. But even the sound of the bugs had me feeling sick. I think this will be a big no from me.

Lee: As well as being uncultured, I’m also guilty of having not seen a LOT of movies that I really should have seen if I’m to consider myself a proper movie fan, the original Candyman being one of them. Right now though, I’m totally onboard for anything that Jordan Peele is involved in, and I love the use of sound and visuals just in this trailer alone. Definitely going to check this one out, but for now I’ll just go back to hanging my head in shame…

Matt: We get it… he’s called ‘Candyman’, I heard you the first 15 times! Visually this looks decent (I’m convinced that anything touched by Jordan Peele is) and I imagine the performances will be great, but needless to say I don’t need to watch this now that the trailer has basically shown me everything! I personally think the Destiny’s Child track is out-of-place, and a bit too ‘commercial’ for my liking.

Mary: So I braved the trailer, and have decided that I shall definitely be skipping this one 😂
I am not a fan of slasher horrors, add bugs into the mix and I’m definitely out. I hope everyone enjoys it 😆


From IMDb: In a world where monster wrestling is a global sport and monsters are superstar athletes, teenage Winnie seeks to follow in her father’s footsteps by coaching a loveable underdog monster into a champion. Released early 2021

Clare: I saw this before Sonic and immediately thought – my nephew would love this! Seems silly and a bit ‘rough’er then I like my animations, but I’m sure a whole bunch of kids are going to fall in love with these characters.

Lee: It does seem like one of those that’s more for the kids than the grown ups, not sure about this one at the moment…

Matt: It’s a hard no from me, I’m afraid 😂 No appeal for me there!

Mary: Looks like a good laugh for the kids. Liked the Dirty Dancing reference thrown in there for the grown ups but it’s probably not going to be high on my watch list.

The Secret Garden (2020)

From IMDb: An orphaned girl discovers a magical garden hidden at her strict uncle’s estate. Released April 2020

Lee: It’s a classic story that’s been done many times before, but this still looks like it’s set to be a wonderful, magical adventure for all ages. I’ll definitely give this a go

Matt: The story itself doesn’t look like it’s going stray too far from the original, so the addition of visual effects will hopefully help this version hold its own. Though I’ll mostly see it for Colin Firth and Julie Walters – the latter who has suggested that this may be her last film!

Mary: Hmm I’m not sure about this one. As a devoted fan of the 90’s version which I grew up on it would have to be pretty spectacular to beat that one. It has great actors and producers on board which is encouraging but it looks like there is a fair bit of CGI magic in this which I’m not sure about. Call me skeptical for now.

Clare: As I said over on Twitter, I finally understand how people felt when they announced a Home Alone reboot.

The French Dispatch

From IMDb: A love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th-century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in “The French Dispatch” magazine. Released August 2020

Clare: The cast makes me want to drool – it’s just so brilliant with everyone you’d expect to see in an Anderson film, plus so many more. I have a feeling many will be cameos so I might not get as much Chalamet as I want. The plot seems pretty hard to follow from the trailer, and I’m guessing it’s short stories rather than one fluent narrative, but I am already excited for opening night of this one.

Mary: This looks absolutely barmy from the trailer. I’m not a big Wes Anderson fan in fact I’ve only seen The Grand Budapest Hotel of his movies but I really liked that. I’m hoping this will have the same effect. A little weird and out there but with a cast like that you’ve got to see it haven’t you?

Lee: I remember when this trailer arrived online and the whole of Twitter went nuts for it, while I just kind of shrugged my shoulders. I wouldn’t say I’m a big Wes Anderson fan either but that cast certainly is incredible! Not sure if this one is for me but I’ll no doubt give it a go and then feel like the odd one out again when everyone is loving it on Twitter!

Matt: Admittedly I’m also not a Wes Anderson fan… Although I find his signature style impressive and fascinating to watch, it can also be very alienating – I’m just not sure about how I’m meant to respond to his films. However I’m all for quirky plots and ensemble casts so maybe this is another opportunity to jump on the bandwagon? (Or not.)

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