By Robert Kondo
Alright party people, let’s talk movies! After coming back from watching Batman v Superman, which you should go see because it’s pretty freakin’ amazing, I started searching for my next movie fix. Since Captain America: Civil War is coming out at the end of this month, I thought why not get you pumped for some movies whose trailers won’t air on TV or in theaters.
Damn Marvel, back at it again with the superhero movies! The teaser trailer for Doctor Strange introduces yet another great superhero to the franchise. What’s most intriguing about this trailer is its heavy yet engrossing use of visual effects.
Though much can be speculated as to how his origin story will play out, the fact that there needs to be one at all suggests this movie may provide the much-needed element to tie all of the existing Marvel heroes together. Since magic doesn’t necessarily exist in this universe (e.g. Scarlet Witch isn’t born with her powers, but rather draws them from an alien element), we can expect the introduction of some metaphysical/psychological alien component that could explain the origin of the infinity stones.
Beside all that, listening to Benedict Cumberbatch’s voice gave me chills and left me wondering, “Who is Doctor Strange?”
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
If you, like me, grew up reading and watching Harry Potter, you know that the wizarding world is much larger than the story of “He Who Must Not Be Named” and “The Boy Who Lived.”
In what is said to be the first of a new trilogy, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them follows the adventures of famed magizoologist Newt Scamander, played by The Danish Girl’s Eddie Redmayne.
Though the movie shares the same title as J.K. Rowling’s book, it is not a pure adaptation. The book was released as a kind of collector’s item for Harry Potter fans, being an actual wizarding “textbook” written by Rowling under the pen name of Newt Scamander. To avoid any confusion, this a movie written by J.K. Rowling featuring characters from the Harry Potter universe.
From the trailer, we can expect to see a lot of great visual effects reminiscent of the old films, along with a never-before-seen story.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
If there was ever an award for delivering great trailers, the recent Lucasfilm teaser trailer for Rogue One would take the cake. As mentioned in one of my previous articles, the recent Star Wars trailers have kept fans excited and guessing. The days of random side characters like Jar Jar Binks seem to be over as well (sigh of relief). What then is there to look forward to?
To give some context, Rogue One takes place alongside the original Episode IV story (the beginning of Luke Skywalker’s adventures). Going by the teaser trailer, the plot appears to revolve around the Rebel Alliance obtaining plans on the Empire’s newest weapon, the Death Star.
The Rebels enlist the help of a reckless, yet adept star pilot named Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything). The trailer focuses heavily on Erso`s role–vital despite the brief mention in Episode IV–as a spy for the Rebels.
Aside from Jones being an amazing actress, watching a Star Wars story with a female lead is both refreshing and empowering. Thanks to Daisy Ridley’s powerful performance as Rey in The Force Awakens, there is hope yet for those of us who want an expanded and all-inclusive Star Wars universe.
Starring alongside Jones are many big names, such as Forest Whitaker (Street Kings, The Butler) and Donnie Yen (Ip Man), the latter of whom actually seems to be putting his martial arts abilities to use, unlike Iko Uwais (The Raid) and Yayan Ruhian (brief appearance in The Force Awakens). Even if the plot falls short, the cast itself will bring forth what I think will be next winter’s biggest blockbuster yet.