The Best Movie Trailers of the Week

The Best Movie Trailers of the Week

Jul 28, 2014

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.

Jake Gyllenhaal in the Nightcrawler Trailer


That quick teaser for Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler caught our eye and now the film’s first official trailer locked it in. We need to know more about Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal). The two pieces work exceptionally well together. The first introduces you to the idea that Lou’s a guy in desperate need of a job and the second builds upon that by showing you how he winds up making that happen. Getting the opportunity to watch a guy navigate the world of L.A. crime journalism is inherently fascinating, but rather than lean on that appeal, these pieces put the focus on what could make Nightcrawler a true standout - a downright fascinating main character. Lou’s passionate and determined, but incredibly unhinged and volatile. Put someone like that in this line of work and you’re bound to have explosive results.

If I Stay

It’s almost like The Fault in Our Stars all over again. The new trailer for If I Stay is a little more heavy-handed, but solid performances and a well-composed promo sustain it. The piece plays like a mini narrative in and of itself. We meet Chloe Moretz’ Mia and get a clear understanding of what’s most important to her in life, only to see it all ripped away and then have her face the challenge of figuring out whether or not it’s worth sticking around anymore. Again, the material does tread into melodramatic territory, but it’s not manipulative in the least. It lets you connect to the character and assess her situation as you might yourself, and that’s where the emotion comes from, not from an overdose of over-the-top meltdowns and upsetting visuals.

Dear White People

The new trailer for Dear White People is a remarkable combination of solid jokes with spot-on timing that results in a highly stylized, vibrant and unique world that’s a blast to spend time in. But the element that really seals the deal is Tessa Thompson. Laughs, strong visuals and a catchy beat are great and all, but it’s a bold and striking performance like Thompson’s paired with a light yet suitable representation of the core narrative that pulls it all together, suggesting Dear White People could be a stellar union of satire and heart.


Honeymoon’s got some creepy visuals and scenarios, but it’s much more so a character-driven horror film and its first trailer definitely reflects that. Before even touching the scarier material, the piece shows us what makes Bea (Rose Leslie), Paul (Harry Treadaway) and their relationship special, so when something threatens to destroy that, it’s not as simple as thinking, Why doesn’t Paul just run away from it? Something clearly isn’t right, but he can’t just abandon his new wife and you get why, and that makes you monumentally more invested in and disturbed by their situation.

What are your favorite movie trailers of the week?




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