Hello Geeks + Gamers! Hope you all enjoyed watching the Super Bowl last night, and congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles for their first ever victory. But we’re not here to talk about sports; we’re here to break down all the trailers and TV spots for upcoming movies that aired during the commercial breaks. These trailers aren’t necessarily ranked based on quality, but rather how effective they were in getting people excited. With that said, we shall begin with a few honorable mentions.
Technically, this spot never actually made it to air, but it’s still featured on the YouTube Adblitz page. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer, and its biggest selling points are the cast (Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, Jennifer Jason Leigh), and “from the writer and director of Ex Machina.” As far as new footage goes, there isn’t a whole lot there that hasn’t already been seen in previous trailers. Annihilation opens in theaters nationwide on February 23rd.
This was actually the first TV spot out of the gate, but much like the one for Annihilation, there wasn’t really anything that hasn’t already been shown in the most recent trailer, which was only released a few weeks ago. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Jason Matthews, and reteams actress Jennifer Lawrence with her Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence. Red Sparrow opens nationwide on March 2nd.
A Quiet Place
The premise is simple: a family living on a farm hides from a supernatural evil attracted to sound by avoiding every noise and communicated in sign language. This is John Krasinski’s third directorial effort, which he co-wrote with Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, and stars with Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds. The only reason this trailer is in honorable mentions is simply because not enough people are buzzing about the film. It also doesn’t help that it’s produced by Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes, which doesn’t exactly have the best reputation. A Quiet Place opens nationwide on April 6th.
And now, without further ado, the real list can begin.
6. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Regardless of your opinion of the first Jurassic World, you cannot deny that it was a huge success. It had the third biggest opening weekend of all time, not too far behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi and The Force Awakens, and went on to gross over $1.6 Billion worldwide. For this installment, J.A. Bayona steps into the director’s chair, while Colin Trevorrow remains attached as a writer and executive producer. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reprise their roles from the original, and are joined by newcomers Justice Smith, James Cromwell, Ted Levine, and Toby Jones. This TV spot promises more action and a darker tone, as expected from the director of The Orphanage, The Impossible, and A Monster Calls. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opens nationwide on June 22nd.
2018 looks like it’s going to be the year of The Rock. He’s already off to a great start with the continued success of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and on April 20th he’s starring in the video game adaptation Rampage. In this movie, Dwayne Johnson reteams with his Central Intelligence director and writer Rawson Marshall Thurber for what is essentially another Die Hard. The catch, however, is that this may be the first time we’ve seen an action movie with an amputee hero. That doesn’t guarantee the movie will be any good, but it’s a small step in the right direction for representing the disabled on the big screen. Skyscraper opens nationwide on July 13th.
4. Avengers: Infinity War
Before Marvel fans bust out their torches and pitchforks, hear me out. I get that for a lot of people, this is their most anticipated film of 2018, and for good reason. This is the culmination of a much larger narrative that began with Iron Man in 2008. It’s the ultimate showdown: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes teaming up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to take on the mad titan Thanos. But the reason why this TV spot is so low on the list is because, honestly, it felt a touch unnecessary. Don’t get me wrong, there is some excellent new footage, but with only 30 seconds, you don’t get much time to digest it. Not only that, but Black Panther is less than 2 weeks away, which means we’re going to get another full trailer very soon. Avengers: Infinity War opens nationwide on May 4th.
3. Solo: A Star Wars Story
For a movie that apparently nobody asked for, everyone has at least been waiting with bated breath to see the first trailer. As far as first impressions go, it honestly didn’t disappoint. All the drama behind the scenes of the film’s production could make for a compelling documentary, but for those kept in the dark, all you need to know is that this trailer is selling a swashbuckling action adventure directed by Ron Howard from a screenplay by Lawrence and Jake Kasdan. Alden Ehrenreich is your new Han Solo, Donald Glover is a younger Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke plays a new character/potential love interest named Qi’ra, and Woody Harrelson plays Beckett, Han’s mentor. Solo: A Star Wars Story opens nationwide on May 25th.
2. The Cloverfield Paradox
As previously mentioned, this list is ranked more so on how effective the trailers were in getting people excited, and the only reason this isn’t at #1 is because the movie has already been released. That’s right, Netflix dropped the TV spot mere HOURS before the release of the film, which is quite unprecedented to say the least. In hindsight, having seen the film (check out my review here), an argument can be made that this comes off as false advertising. However, the job of a trailer is to get people to watch a movie, and in that regard, it definitely succeeded. The Cloverfield Paradox is now streaming on Netflix.
1. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Ever since J.J. Abrams attached himself to the Mission: Impossible franchise, each new entry is better than the last. Christopher McQuarrie returns to the director’s chair, which breaks from the tradition of having a different director for every new installment. Ethan Hunt and his friends in the IMF find themselves in a race against time, hunted by assassins while trying to prevent a global catastrophe. The action looks incredible, while set to “Friction” by Imagine Dragons. Mission: Impossible – Fallout opens nationwide on July 27th.
And there you have it; that was our breakdown of all the Super Bowl Sunday movie trailers and TV spots. Which ones were your favorite? Drop your thoughts in the comments below. For more reactions to the Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer, check out Geeks and Gamers on YouTube. For everything else, visit www.geeksandgamers.com, your one stop shop for all things geek.