Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris). Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!
The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight) – Adventure/Fantasy/Drama
Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence and language
Tag Line: A Fairy Tale for Troubled Times
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon
Plot: An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.
Chris: Del Toro films are always on point but I am not taken with this trailer. I am sure it won’t disappoint, however.
Jim: At the very least, this is just amazing to look at. Couple this with the strong cast and this could be another Pan’s Labyrinth for del Toro.
Just Getting Started (Broad Green Pictures) – Action/Comedy
Rated PG-13 for language, suggestive material and brief violence
Tag Line: None
Starring: Glenne Headly, Morgan Freeman, Rene Russo, Tommy Lee Jones
Plot: A two-hander action comedy in the vein of Midnight Run (1988), about an ex-F.B.I. Agent (Tommy Lee Jones) and an ex-mob lawyer in the Witness Protection Program (Morgan Freeman) having to put aside their petty rivalry on the golf course to fend off a mob hit.
Jim: I was going to say possible rental until I realized it was a Ron Shelton movie. The subject matter still isn’t enough to get me into a theater, but the cast and writer-director upgrade it to definite rental.
Chris: The trailer is mildly entertaining, but not enough to drop the wallet for a theater viewing. Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones are a solid one-two punch for any movie.
I, Tonya (30West) – Biography/Drama/Sports
Rated R for pervasive language, violence, and some sexual content/nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney
Plot: Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.
Chris: I remember when competitive ice skating turned into a Jerry Springer-like joke of a fiasco. And I was ready to cry “Why? Why?” at making a movie about it all, but then I saw the trailer, and now I can’t help but be intrigued by the spectacle. Nice job trailer editing people!
Jim: Margot Robbie is always worth watching (heck, even in still photographs), Allison Janney is amazing, and the unbelievable story held the world captive back in ’94. Definite Rental 2
November Criminals (Sony Pictures) – Crime/Drama/Mystery
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content including teen sexuality, drug material, brief violence and strong language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Ansel Elgort, Catherine Keener
Plot: A teenager takes on his own investigation of a murder in Washington D.C.
Jim: A nicely done trailer certainly stirs my interest, but not as a visit to a movie theater.
Chris: Alright, you got my attention! If the movie is as good as the trailer portends, we may have a nice little film on our hands here.
Tickets Purchased: 2 for The Shape of Water