The Best Movie Trailers of the Week

The Best Movie Trailers of the Week

Oct 17, 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.


Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo in Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher

We’ve already seen some strong promotional material from the Foxcatcher marketing campaign, but this new trailer digs into the predicament more than any other--and to great effect. There’s always been something unnerving about Steve Carell’s John du Pont, but having a clearer understanding of his relationship with Channing Tatum’s character and knowing how Mark Ruffalo fits into all of this makes the situation downright disturbing. In fact, thanks to that especially ominous score, the trailer almost has a horror-like vibe to it.


 

Citizenfour

For those who don't know enough about the controversial Edward Snowden leaks, this trailer for the upcoming Laura Poitras documentary Citizenfour will genuinely make you want to learn everything you can about it. The first 20 seconds of the piece don't have any striking visuals, but the narration is so compelling it pulls you right into the material. Then, as the imagery becomes more and more detailed, the tension builds until the piece culminates with the highly effective reveal of Snowden himself.


 

Big Hero 6

We’ve seen our fair share of Big Hero 6 promo material at this point but the familiar jokes aren’t getting old and the marketing team isn’t running out of fun, fresh stuff to show off. This is the first time we’re getting a look at what Hiro’s busy doing with his talents prior to meeting Baymax, and it adds an exciting new layer to the character. On top of that, this New York Comic-Con sizzle reel also dishes out more action than ever before and it finally makes Yokai feel like a worthy foe. 


 

Tomorrowland

Disney’s done a great job keeping Tomorrowland plot points top secret, but now that the promotional campaign is finally underway, it’s time to reveal some details--and this new teaser manages to do that while keeping a good deal of the mystery intact. Unless you caught the footage screened at New York Comic-Con, at this point all we know is that this magical pin’s got power. Where does it transport you when you touch it? Who knows, but the combination of the imagery and George Clooney’s narration makes for such an intriguing introduction that we're dying to find out. 


 

In the Heart of the Sea

Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea is billed as a drama, but this trailer makes it feel a little like a horror movie as well--an appropriate quality considering the book the film is based on, Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, is loaded with some seriously disturbing behavior and nightmarish scenarios. And how about those visuals? The wide shot of the triumphant whalers in their boats, the stunning colors in the frame showing the ship ablaze--it's all pretty breathtaking. It really looks as though Howard has a clear sense of what he's working with and how to bring it to the screen in a respectful and effective manner.


 

Unbroken

We already got two solid trailers from Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, but this latest one is easily the most powerful of the bunch. It functions as a true character piece, covering an extensive amount of Louis Zamperini’s incredible experience. We go from his childhood to his time as an Olympian to a plane crash that ends with him being captured by the Japanese Navy---and all of it in just 60 seconds! It should be too much too fast, but between Jack O’Connell’s wholehearted performance, the stunning imagery and the extremely well-layered representation of the feature narrative, it’s effortless to absorb every story detail and all the emotion that comes along with them.   


 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

We wouldn’t call this an official trailer, but this new one-minute “Return to District 12” promo for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is just as strong a selling tool as any two-minute theatrical trailer out there. We’ve seen Alma Coin and Plutarch discuss Katniss’ position in the rebellion before, but hearing that dialogue paired with the visuals of Katniss finding her home in ruins gives even more meaning to the words. The sound design also offers quite the boost. The dark yet inspiring tenor to Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat” makes for the perfect pairing, and the song comes in at just the right time to amplify the important emotional beats.


What are your favorite movie trailers of the week?

 

 

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