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.
There’s a lot going on in this new trailer for Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, but the piece is so well composed you actually manage to absorb it all. The opening aerial battle is such a strong attention grabber that the moment the piece shifts back to Louis Zamperini’s childhood, you’re ready and eager to experience everything right along with him. The visuals are all well composed and telling, Jack O’Connell has an incredibly captivating on-screen presence and both elements wind up further enhancing what’s already an astonishing true story.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
This new “Panem Address” is rather similar to the one we got the other week, but that actually makes it monumentally more powerful because it winds up enhancing the added element – Johanna. And then, just when you’re ready to settle in and ride this one out like the last, that’s when Beetee’s message kicks in. It’s striking, unnerving and really starts to pull you back into the world.
Exodus: Gods and Kings
This first trailer for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings in no way confirms it’s a Moses movie that we really needed, but it does pack a praiseworthy amount of promotional power thanks to its famous faces and downright stunning visuals. If it weren't for scripture, this trailer would wrap without having offered the slightest sense of who Moses and Ramses are and what’s important to them, but that won’t be the case for many. We are well aware of what went down in Egypt and how the 10 plagues played out, so the opportunity to see them happen on screen in this piece is inherently exhilarating.
It’s tough enough just to get the story basics across in a two-minute-and-30-second trailer, but this new one for David Fincher’s Gone Girl not only does just that, but also manages to give you a taste of both sides of the predicament as well. Do we feel for Nick or do we blame him? As of now, who knows? (Unless you’ve read the book, of course.)
This isn’t just a trailer-- it’s an immersive character piece. At the start of this promo for Wild, you know absolutely nothing about Reese Witherspoon’s character, but after just two minutes, you walk away with a comprehensive sense of what her life is like and how she’s feeling. This is a piece that earns the right to keep one big story secret because it doesn’t just dangle it in front of you in a desperate attempt to leave you yearning for more. Rather, it puts the character first, so while you might be curious to know what sparked the need to go on this lengthy solo hike, it’s more so the desire to experience it with her that makes you want to catch the full film.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Perhaps an “extended look” doesn’t really qualify as a trailer, but who cares? This new promo for Guardians of the Galaxy is absolutely fantastic! Similar to almost every single piece of marketing material released for the film thus far, this video has an absolutely impeccable tone, is overflowing with stunning visuals and rocks a rip-roaring pace backed by a spot-on music selection. If pieces like this reflect the quality of the full film, James Gunn has done it; he’s made a Marvel movie with a wildly unique and eccentric appeal.
What are your favorite movie trailers of the week?
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