The Best Movie Trailers of the Week: 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2,' 'Mad Max: Fury Road' and More

The Best Movie Trailers of the Week: 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2,' 'Mad Max: Fury Road' and More

Dec 14, 2014

Welcome back to Best Movie Trailers of the Week, a column where our trailer expert handpicks the best new movie trailers that have arrived online over the past week.


Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Warning: The following trailer is NSFW

Hot Tub Time Machine was a solid film, but I certainly wouldn’t call it one that needed a sequel. However, based on this new trailer, it looks as though director Steve Pink and writer Josh Heald might have come up with a scenario that justifies another go-around. This piece serves as an effective reminder of the absurd fun that could be had with Jacob (Clark Duke), Nick (Craig Robinson) and Lou (Rob Corddry), while also functioning as an appealing tease of all the possibilities that come with traveling to new time periods besides just the '80s.



Kingsman: The Secret Service

Warning: The following trailer is NSFW

I don’t know how you can possibly squeeze all of these outrageous concepts and scenarios into one movie, but this trailer is such a blast that there’s no doubt you’ll want to give Kingsman: The Secret Service a chance. We get a little Kingsman 101, a strong sense of who Taron Egerton’s character is and what he’s capable of, and then the piece just absolutely explodes with a wild display of combat. I’m not quite convinced the full feature can believably pull it all off, but if anything, this trailer does suggest it’ll still be loads off fun. 



San Andreas

Based on this first teaser trailer, there’s really nothing to suggest that San Andreas will be particularly unique, but does that really matter? It’s a disaster film -- and as sick as it sounds, there’s just something fun about seeing familiar places destroyed by cataclysmic events in cinema. The eerie rendition of “California Dreaming” is a bit too on the nose for my taste, but the “Where will you be, who will you be with when everything falls apart” title cards are a pretty effective way to engage viewers.



White God

Normally I wouldn’t dare touch a movie if it’s got a sad pet in it, but this new trailer for the Cannes award-winning film White God has such a rousing quality to it, I might have to deal with Hagen being separated from his owner just to see him and all the “unfit” dogs rise up and teach those nasty humans a lesson.



Inside Out

That first Inside Out teaser trailer was neat and all, but it didn’t really offer up a good sense of how the film would handle the relationship between human characters and their emotions. Not so in the film’s first full trailer, however. Emotions that are living, breathing beings in and of themselves might be tough sell, but the fact that this promo keeps the focus on one particular moment makes it remarkably easy to digest. 



Little Accidents

The first trailer for Little Accidents does lay it on a bit thick, but the piece earns it. There’s a lot of characters in play and they’ve all got weighty personal issues to deal with, but between the spot-on editing and the committed performances, the trailer actually manages to make it feel as though everyone and everything serves a purpose.




It Follows

I’ve seen It Follows and it rocks a downright brilliant core concept, but this new promo doesn’t bother to get into it just yet. Rather than lean on that ingenious narrative, this teaser trailer puts the focus on another standout element of director David Robert Mitchell’s second feature, the unique and incredibly eerie tone that packs the power to get under your skin and, in this teaser’s case, make you quite uneasy in just about a minute.



Mad Max: Fury Road

Whether you’re a Mad Max fan or not, this new teaser trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road is an absolute must-see. If Warner Bros. is unveiling this much staggeringly stunning footage five months before the film’s release, just imagine how mind-blowing the full feature will be. I can’t say I’m too invested in Max and his mission at this point, but I certainly can’t stop looking at him and all the beautifully stylized madness around him.


What are your favorite movie trailers of the week?




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