Welcome back to Best Movie Trailers of the Week, a column where we handpick the best new movie trailers that have arrived online over the past week.
This new Foxcatcher teaser trailer is barely over a minute long, yet it’s got more intensity than the large majority of booming, CG-packed, action-heavy blockbuster montage-style trailers out there. The color palette and that ominous deep tone really set the mood and also pair superbly well with Channing Tatum’s downright fierce performance. By the time the piece hits its climax, it’s especially unnerving and not just because it’s unsettling to see a person smash his own head into a mirror, but because you’ve got a firm understanding of who Tatum’s character is and what drives him to do it.
It’s almost always a smart play to begin a trailer with a complete scene because it’s a surefire way to pull a viewer into a world, and that’s certainly the case with this new promo for the Bill Murray-starrer St. Vincent. From there, it’s all about his relationship with 12-year-old newcomer Jaeden Lieberher. There isn’t much structure to the narrative as presented in this trailer and the piece also lacks a build, but it does present Murray’s relationship with Lieberher as a particularly charming one--so charming, in fact, you’ll absolutely want to spend more time with them whether you have a clear sense of the plot and story trajectory or not.
Deepsea Challenge 3D
The first half of this trailer for James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D plays more like a super-cheesy commercial than a riveting movie trailer, but as soon as it hits the 50-second mark and we start to hear about the situation from Cameron’s perspective, that’s when you connect to the film’s main character, Cameron, his mission to dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, and the life-threatening risks that come along with it. Even though Cameron is alive and well now, hearing those warning beeps and then someone describe Cameron’s vessel as “a metal coffin” while watching it plummet down into darker waters is very alarming.
The Skeleton Twins
There’s nothing laugh-out-loud funny in this new trailer for The Skeleton Twins nor does the drama affect the viewer as much as its likely intended to, but it still works well enough because you come to know and like the characters, and when you put Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig together there is absolutely no turning that down.
The new trailer for Dracula Untold doesn’t quite confirm that the narrative is a worthy spin on the Dracula legend, but the action, visuals and pace of this trailer certainly leave you open to giving it a shot. It’s impossible not to get caught up in the beat of Lorde’s “Everyone Wants to Rule the World” because the imagery is so well cut to it, and together they give the trailer a remarkable amount of momentum, especially in the last 30 seconds of the piece.
What are your favorite movie trailers of the week?
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