Monday, 23 July 2018

Trailer rundown - part two

Bohemian Rhapsody 


Queen are perhaps the greatest pop rock band of all time, and Freddie Mercury was a true icon. It's safe to say that this film is important to a lot of people. It looks promising - for one thing, Rami Malek is perfectly cast as Freddie and is the dead spit of him when he sings - but it could easily turn out to be underwhelming. Different trailers have hinted at romance with women, while this one at least suggests more to his sexuality, but we could really do with an honest portrayal of the bisexual superstar. Really hoping this one is as good as it should be.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

I quite enjoyed the 2014 Godzilla, although it took far too long to get in on the monster action. It doesn't look like this one is going to have that problem. Godzilla! Mothra! Rodan! King Ghidorah! Nice to see Sally Hawkins back, and great to see Millie Bobby Brown become the film star she's destined to be. On the other hand, how derivative is this? MBB is a spooky kid with some kind of connection to a monster, Charles Dance is ominous and goes on about kings... Still, it's probably silly to see the 35th Godzilla movie and complain about it being derivative.


This one looks pretty good. Glad to see that DC aren't taking this too seriously, given the inherent silliness of the character. Kind of going off Momoa given his dickishness at conventions and the like but he does carry this part bloody well. Whether it's enough to make the film work is another matter, but it does at least look fun. The Black Manta looks amazing.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald

I'm not the biggest Harry Potter fan but I really enjoyed the first Fantastic Beasts film. This sequel looks like more of the same, but ramped up with more threat supplied by the villainous Grindlewald. Hopefully this will turn out to be one of Johnny Depp's great performances, rather than his increasingly ropey ones in recent years. Casting Jude Law as Dumbledore is a great choice; he's surprisingly good at playing fuddyish characters now he's older. Joshua Shea looks perfect as the young Newt. This should be good fun.

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