We love trailers here at The Comeback and try to cover the best of them, big and small, in our coverage during any given week. But we can’t always get to all of them, which is why pooling them together in a one-stop shop for movie and TV anticipation seemed like a fun thing to do.
This week, studios and networks gave us looks at some exciting upcoming releases, some of which are among the most eagerly awaited shows and films of the year. Anything with the Marvel name on it usually warrants our attention. And after a bunch of false starts and delays, the first trailer for The Dark Tower means that movie really is indeed happening. Now we just have to see if it’s any good.
Here are the best trailers from the past seven days.
House of Cards, season 5 – May 30
Could President Frank Underwood be turning even more dark and sinister as his rise in power continues? The first look at season five of Netflix’s House of Cards makes that seem entirely possible. “They’re like little children, Claire,” sneers Underwood. “We have to hold their sticky fingers and wipe their filthy mouths.” Hey, wait a minute — isn’t he talking about us?
The president also shows some ambition that the U.S. Constitution currently doesn’t allow. “Underwood, 2016. 2020. 2024. 2028. 2032. 2036. One nation, Underwood.” How long is Kevin Spacey’s contract for this show?
It Comes At Night – June 9
Horror movies are often populated by younger, unknown actors trying to make their names by running in terror from crazed killers and monsters. But It Comes At Night has a veteran cast led by Joel Edgerton and Riley Keough that adds some credibility to what looks to be a scary thriller.
This trailer starts off mysteriously, with the disturbing sight of a man tied to a tree with a bag over his head. Why is the man who approaches him wearing a gas mask? And when he asks “Do you have any idea what’s going on out there?” what is he talking about? Zombies? Unnatural beasts? Disease?
5-25-77 – May 15
This one is a bit of a surprise, since it previews an older movie that was originally released finished in 2008. But the timing for 5-25-77 may actually be perfect, as 2017 is the 40th anniversary of the original Star Wars release.
Those who have seen the film (which has screened at various film festivals and showings over the years with different cuts) say the movie about an aspiring filmmaker and sci-fi fan who wants to see Star Wars has sort of a Dazed and Confused or Almost Famous vibe to it. The trailer reminded me of Son of Rambow as well. Will this open in a theater near you or will have you have to watch it on video?
The Dark Tower – Aug. 4
The first trailer for The Dark Tower seems to be drawing a mixed response. Fans of the Stephen King novel series don’t seem to think this looks like a faithful adaptation. Others believe Nikolaj Arcel’s film comes off as derivative. A few detractors also feel like Matthew McConaughey might be mailing it in with his performance as The Man in Black.
Personally, I’m sold on Idris Elba and his badass gunplay here. Never has reloading a six-shooter looked cooler. But I confess I haven’t read the books, so I don’t have any preconceived notions of what this movie should be.
Marvel’s The Defenders – Aug. 18
This is what Marvel’s partnership with Netflix has building to. This is why Luke Cage has been lifting all those weights and Matt Murdock has been getting his ass kicked up and down Hell’s Kitchen by ninjas. Presumably, this is why there’s a giant hole in an abandoned warehouse somewhere in the district, as seen in Daredevil season two.
Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Cage and the immortal Iron Fist are teaming up to take on… something. Something that Sigourney Weaver is behind, apparently with some power that can knock all of these superheroes down for the count. Will we like Danny Rand in this series or just enjoying everyone making fun of him and watching him get beat up?
Dunkirk – July 21
After learning what Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film is about, some have wondered whether a movie about a retreat — when Allied forces were left stranded in France following their defeat by German forces — is something that can make a compelling film. But most people trust Nolan, one of the few A-list directors who can attract filmgoers based on his name alone.
Based on what we’ve seen so far from trailers, his depiction of the Battle of Dunkirk will be beautifully shot and a harrowing tale of what men suffer through in war, especially when faced with utter despair. But will this be a movie summer movie audiences respond to or will Warner Brothers wish it had held this until the fall?
The Big Sick – July 14
Kumail Nanjiani’s autobiographical comedy was the darling of this year’s Sundance Film Festival and appears to be on its way to being a breakout hit. Directed by Michael Showalter, the story is based on Nanjiani’s real-life experiences in his relationship with Emily Gordon (both of whom wrote the script for the film).
After the two break up, Emily becomes seriously ill and Kumail has to confront his feelings for her against the wishes of his family and the perceptions of her parents. As an added bonus, this trailer has an opening riff from Nanjiani and Ray Romano (who plays Emily’s father).
Rough Night – June 16
If you’ve ever thought you wanted to see The Hangover, but with women instead, Rough Night could be the movie for you. Sub in Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell, Kate McKinnon, Ilana Glazer and Zoe Kravitz arguably have even more star power — especially comedically — than Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms.
With a stripper dying to kick the story in motion, this might have more in common with Peter Berg’s Very Bad Things (though that 1998 film was an extremely dark comedy), with a touch of Weekend at Bernie’s thrown in. That sounds kind of awful, but the hope is that an impressive cast raises the material. Having a female director in Lucia Aniello might be another promising touch.