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VideosWeekly Movie Trailer Roundup

Keith NoakesFebruary 13, 2019

Please welcome the return of the new (and hopefully improved) movie trailer roundup featuring the latest movie trailers and analysis!

Hotel Mumbai

A gripping true story of humanity and heroism, HOTEL MUMBAI vividly recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel by a group of terrorists in Mumbai, India. Refusing to leave their guests, the renowned chef Hemant Oberoi (Anupam Kher) and a waiter (Dev Patel) choose to risk their lives to keep everyone safe. As the world watches on, a desperate couple (Armie Hammer and Nazanin Boniadi) is forced to make unthinkable sacrifices to protect their newborn child. (VVS Films)

Analysis: This movie is a special case seeing that I’ve already seen it at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival (review here). If I had one word to use to describe this movie, it would be intense. Think of No Escape but with more of a story to connect the unrelenting chaos and a morbid sense of authenticity and immersion that will make you feel like you’re there and in danger. It’s impressive cast didn’t exactly hurt either.

Hotel Mumbai opens in theatres on March 29th.


Teen Spirit

Violet (Elle Fanning) is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing. With the help of an unlikely mentor, she enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition. Driven by a pop-fueled soundtrack, Teen Spirit is a visceral and stylish spin on the Cinderella story. (Bleecker Street)

Analysis: This was a movie that I missed out on at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival but I hope to see it at this year’s SXSW Film Festival down in Austin. Perhaps a tamer version of Vox Lux (a movie that I have not personally seen), this movie is not lacking in style but haven’t we had enough of Elle Fanning? The soundtrack sounds promising and anything with Rebecca Hall in it is certainly worth a watch.

Teen Spirit opens in theatres this April.


The Hustle

In the hilarious new comedy (and gender-swapped remake of 1988’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) The Hustle, Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star as female scam artists, one low rent and the other high class, who team up to take down the dirty rotten men who have wronged them. (Universal)

Analysis: Not having seen Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the fact that this movie is a loose remake makes little difference to me. Based on this trailer, the movie does not look funny at all but its saving grace could be Hathaway and Wilson as they seem to have decent chemistry here. After a scene-stealing performance in Ocean’s 8, Hathaway looks to continue that here with a performance that may ultimately win out in the end, proving that she could hold her own in comedies.

The Hustle opens in theatres on May 10th.


Aladdin

A street rat frees a genie from a lamp, granting all of his wishes and transforming himself into a charming prince in order to marry a beautiful princess. But soon, an evil sorcerer becomes hell-bent on securing the lamp for his own sinister purposes.

Analysis: Ever since this trailer dropped, the only thing anyone has been talking out is the first reveal of Will Smith’s Genie for mostly the wrong reasons and suffice it to say that all that talk is warranted. The rest of the movie doesn’t look all that great either but who knows?

Aladdin opens in theatres on May 24th.


Child’s Play

The story follows a mother named Karen (Aubrey Plaza), who gives her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its sinister nature. (Orion Pictures)

Analysis: Being a teaser trailer, it doesn’t give too much away but we can kind of figure out where things will generally go. Everybody knows about Chucky, the killer doll, so that introduction is unnecessary. What this film does is takes the character and modernizes it by bringing it into the digital age. With the producers of It behind it and a cast including Aubrey Plaza and Brian Tyree Henry, it looks like it may be a winner. Hopefully it can live up to its source material and be its own movie while paying homage to what came before it.

Child’s Play opens in theatres on June 21st.


Yesterday

From director Danny Boyle and writer Richard Curtis, Yesterday follows Jack Malik (Himesh Patel, BBC’s Eastenders), a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James). After a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed … and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, Jack’s fame explodes. But as his star rises, he risks losing Ellie — the one person who always believed in him. With the door between his old life and his new closing, Jack will need to get back to where he once belonged and prove that all you need is love. (Universal)

Analysis: What better way to bring the music of The Beatles back into the spotlight again than with this movie. It’s hard to imagine a world where no one has ever heard of The Beatles. Sure, Across the Universe was a sort of Beatles movie but this premise is much more interesting, however, the jury is still out on the romance subplot of the film featuring Jack and Ellie. You can also count on Kate McKinnon to steal some scenes as well. Ultimately, the choice to do this instead of James Bond looks to be the right choice by Danny Boyle and Himesh Patel looks to be a star after this. Music fans can rejoice.

Yesterday opens in theatres on June 28th.


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