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!
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Columbia Pictures) – Action/Adventure/Comedy
Rated PG-13 for adventure action, suggestive content and some language
Tag Line: The game has evolved.
Starring: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart
Plot: Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn into the game’s jungle setting, becoming the adult avatars they choose.
Running Time: 119 minutes
Chris: When I heard about a remake, I just shook my head. But this looks to be a reinvention, and it smacks of great entertainment.
Jim: Ooooeeeee! Some great trailers this week. Despite being yet another “remake”, Jumanji looks like a blast! With the ever-likable Dwayne Johnson and Jack Black and a great premise, this looks like a winner.
The Greatest Showman (20th Century Fox) – Musical/Drama/Biography
Rated PG for thematic elements including a brawl
Tag Line: None
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams
Plot: Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.
Running Time: 105 minutes
Jim: An impressive trailer for a very timely subject since B and B said goodbye this year. There are never enough great musicals and this looks like it could be one.
Chris: I am a bit ambivalent about musicals on screen, but this one came across better than expected. I won’t be signing in my theater seat, however.
Pitch Perfect 3 (Universal) – Musical/Comedy
Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language and some action.
Tag Line: Last call, pitches.
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow
Plot: Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices.
Running Time: 93 minutes
Chris: I have successfully navigated life without seeing the first two. A third entry in the series is not going to change that.
Jim: I’ve seen the other two with my daughter, gotta admit we like ’em. Anna Kendrick is always an asset.
Hostiles (Entertainment Studios) – Drama/Adventure/Western
Rated R for strong violence, and language
Tag Line: We are all hostiles.
Starring: Christian Bale, Scott Shepherd, Rosamund Pike
Plot: In 1892, a legendary Army captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.
Running Time: 133 minutes
Jim: Good, solid-looking western, albeit a mite self-important.
Chris: Wow, did this one take me by surprise. Looks like a must-see!
Downsizing (Paramount) – Comedy/Drama/Sci-Fi
Rated R for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity and drug use.
Tag Line: We are meant for something bigger.
Starring: Matt Damon, Christoph Walz, Kristen Wiig
Plot: A social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself.
Running Time: 135 minutes
Chris: I am sorry but I have been seeing this one plugged in just about every trailer offering in every movie I have seen recently at the local theater, and I am just not buying it. Matt Damon shrinkage issues are not for me.
Jim: Despite the talent involved, this just looks unappealing.
Father Figures (Warner Bros) – Comedy
Rated R for language and sexual references throughout
Tag Line: Finding Their Father Would Be a Family Miracle.
Starring: Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, Glenn Close
Plot: Upon learning that their mother has been lying to them for years about their allegedly deceased father, two fraternal twin brothers hit the road in order to find him.
Running Time: 113 minutes
Jim: A great trailer. What could have been some pretty dumb stuff just looks hilarious. Top-tier comic talent helps.
Chris: I actually prefer Owen Wilson when he takes on more serious roles. He really is a pretty good dramatic actor. We are in definitive rental territory here.
The Post (20th Century Fox) – Biography/Drama/History
Rated PG-13 for language and brief war violence
Tag Line: None
Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks
Plot: A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government.
Running Time: 115 minutes
Chris: Could be a pretty decent drama, but not enough to beat out the draw of Jumanji or Hostiles this week.
Jim: Fairly screams BIG IMPORTANT MOVIE, but there’s no denying the size of the talent involved or the relevance of the subject matter.
Tickets Purchased: One for Jumanji (Chris) and one for Father Figures (Jim)