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!
Coco (Disney) – Animation/Adventure/Comedy
Rated PG for thematic elements
Tag Line: None
Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal
Plot: Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to work out the mystery.
Running Time: 109 minutes
Chris: Disney does what they do best. This time with latin flare. I’ll catch it when it comes to my Blu Ray shelf.
Jim: Not the strongest Pixar trailer I’ve ever seen, but Inside Out had a weak one and the movie was awesome. Most likely see this in between helpings of hopefully not too much unhealthy holiday food.
Darkest Hour (Focus Features) – Biography/Drama/History
Rated PG-13 for some thematic material
Tag Line: Never give up. Never give in.
Starring: Gary Oldman, Lily James
Plot: During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.
Running Time: 125 minutes
Jim: A great trailer for what looks like might be a rousing and fitting portrayal of the man. Some amazing makeup on that human chameleon Gary Oldman.
Chris: Churchill was the right leader for Britain at the right time. I haven’t seen any other films that really center on this historical figure, and I am intrigued to see how he is portrayed.
The Man Who Invented Christmas (Bleecker Street Media) – Biography/Comedy/Drama
Rated PG for thematic elements and some mild language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer
Plot: The journey that led to Charles Dickens’ creation of “A Christmas Carol,” a timeless tale that would redefine the holiday.
Running Time: 104 minutes
Chris: Dickens develops relationships with the characters he is best remembered for in the furious run-up to the publishing of the renowned A Christmas Carol. Looks like a pretty cool take on the history and a Christmas movie I could really get into.
Jim: Finishing a great year for Dan Stevens and featuring the very prolific Christopher Plummer. I can never tire of this story and just finished some historical fiction on the making of it (Mr Dickens and His Carol). A must-see.
Chappaquiddick (Entertainment Studios) – Biography/Crime/Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic material, disturbing images, some strong language, and historical smoking
Tag Line: None
Starring: Jason Clarke, Clancy Brown, Kata Mara, Ed Helms
Plot: Ted Kennedy’s life and political career become derailed in the aftermath of a fatal car accident in 1969 that claims the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne.
Running time: 107 minutes
*There is no trailer available for this film, which is the first time in Trailer Snark history that you cannot find an active trailer on the internet for a film that is being released in the same week. Hard to believe that someone has not cut a trailer for a film that has already screened at the Toronto Film Festival and features some major actors. So it is not so much a stretch to believe that some powerful politicos are trying to squash promotion of the film. It is too bad we can’t get an advanced peak, but if it turns out to be a good film, we certainly hope that people go see it.*
Tickets Purchased: Two for The Man Who Invented Christmas