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If you are a geek (dork, nerd, whatever you call yourself) like me then last week was a BIG week for you. Why? Well damn, the new Star Wars trailer dropped along with the Superman versus Batman trailer came out early and we also saw the new Fantastic Four Trailer, the new Ant Man trailer and I got a look at the teaser for the new Quentin Tarantino movie, The Hateful Eight. I mean, seriously? Could you ask for any more than that????
I thought I’d compile all these goodies into one happy place for people to peruse at their leisure, plus, I am dying to take another look at this good stuff.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
I can barely handle this trailer, it starts with that familiar music. The haunting Star Wars melody that is seared into my brain since childhood. Then freakin’ MARK HAMILL starts talking about the Force and all bets are off. We get a new look at some of the upcoming leads (including what looks to be a bad-ass lady, yay!) and not only that, Solo and Chewie…Oh man…SOLO AND CHEWIE…I need a minute, here, watch the trailer.
Okay, I’m better now…onward and upward they say! Let’s move along to yet another highly anticipated movie, Superman versus Batman: Dawn of Justice …
We get a great voice over (including Lex Luthor) taking about the difference between Gods and men and should we trust this fella called Superman? It sets up a fantastically dark story. I have to admit to being slightly disappointed that we don’t get to see anything of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman in here (I’m anxious to see her in action) but I get it. They want to set up the central battle between Batman and Superman, sure I get it. I just have to ask, for the next trailer, can we see some Wonder Woman??? I have a deep fear that she’ll be shuttled over to the sidelines, a secondary character and that she won’t be as strong as her male counterparts. But I also have hope that it’s going to be one kick-butt kind of movie. I personally loved the Nolan Batman films, I enjoy when my superhero’s get all dark and gloomy (take a look at Netflix’s recent hit, Daredevil for a great example of this) so I’m really looking forward to this one.
“Devils don’t come from hell below us, they come from the sky.” – Ahhhh awesome quote to set up the distrust of Superman, and do you blame them? He destroyed a city last time!
I know nothing about Ant Man except for what my boyfriend tells me but I can tell you, watching these trailers makes me want to see this movie. I have been a huge fan of Paul Rudd for a long time now, he can be serious and hilarious and that is PERFECT for a superhero movie. Ant Man looks like it’s not going to disappoint and with the Marvel track record, I have a lot of hopes pinned on this movie. It looks fun, interesting, different and amusing. Can’t wait!
Not to mention, the sight gags they can do when there is a battle on a kids train set end up being pretty dang funny. Watch the trailer for more!
I’m going to admit something that may not be popular right now, I enjoyed the first two Fantastic Four movies. I know, I know, that is a widely unpopular viewpoint but I simply don’t care. I found them to be fairly decent films, silly at times and badly acted at others but you can do worse than Michael Chicklis is anything and Chris Evans.
All of that being said, I have to say that watching these trailers for the new Fantastic Four that I am intrigued, once again, we are seeing a darker take on a comic book story and it looks to be a pretty interesting film. I don’t care if Doom looks “right” or that the actors are different ethnicities (and really, what the heck does that matter?), all I care about is a good story, good acting and a fun movie. That’s all I ever want from these movies and Fantastic Four looks to be in line with being a good time. We’ll see when it hits theaters!
More than most things, I am a huge Quentin Tarantino fan, from his True Romance screenwriting days to today’s glorious films like Django Unchained and Inglorious Basterds I just love everything he does. So I am super extra psyched for his new movie, The Hateful Eight, not only because it boasts a cast that includes Kurt Russell and Walton Goggins (if you don’t know who he is, watch Justified and you’ll love him too) but because it’s Tarantino doing a Western and it’s, well it’s Tarantino. That’s enough for me!
The teaser dropped in theaters recently, it’s been out for a while but can now be viewed by us regular folk. Sadly, there is no footage in the trailer (there wasn’t any yet) but hopefully we’ll see a trailer with footage soon. I can’t wait!
For the story and the teaser trailer, click here.
And simply because I’m doing a fun post today with videos, here’s one that struck my funny bone, it’s…well, just watch it, it’s funnier if you watch it.
I think he sums up how many of us were feeling watching the Star Wars trailer, it was a special day.
Hope you enjoyed this post with my thoughts on some big upcoming films, but tell me, what movie are you looking forward to most? Is it one of the ones I talk about or is it something different? Sound off in the comments!