The Best Movie Trailers of the Week

The Best Movie Trailers of the Week

Feb 06, 2015

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.


Poltergeist

It’s tough not to think angry thoughts when you hear that a beloved classic is getting the big remake treatment, but the first trailer for Poltergeist is actually kind of fun. Twentieth Century Fox released two Poltergeist trailers yesterday, a domestic one and an international one, and both are solid, but the international version is clearly the more well-structured promo. It begins with such a strong introduction to the Bowen family that it immediately makes them feel like real, likable people -- and then when it’s time for things to get crazy, the trailer goes all out. The piece doesn’t hold back in the least, dishing out teases of familiar scares like the horrific toy clown, the tree attack, something that looks very reminiscent of the tequila worm scene from Poltergeist II: The Other Side and more. 

 

Magic Mike XXL

The first teaser trailer for the Magic Mike sequel Magic Mike XXL just dropped and, well, it’s mesmerizing to say the least. I tend to prefer story-driven promos, but I’m more than happy to ditch narrative details in exchange for 45 seconds of a glistening and especially beefy Channing Tatum dancing around a garage. High hopes round two will deliver in the quality filmmaking department just like its predecessor, but for now I’m more than happy tapping into the guilty pleasure part of it and absolutely thrilled to see the boys back together -- shirtless, of course.

 

Faults

I had the pleasure of seeing Faults at SXSW last year and it’s a strong first feature, but I definitely didn’t expect it to dish out a trailer with this much sharpness and energy to it. The piece is perfectly edited with the most precise comedic cuts, just the right amount of plot points and an insanely powerful score, all culminating with one especially wicked build that’ll undoubtedly leave you wanting more.

 

Minions

Odds are, if there are Minions in a trailer, I’m going to like it, but this first full trailer for the Minions movie is a solid promo whether you’re a sucker for Kevin, Stuart and Bob or not. The whole idea of Villain-Con is a little on the nose, but it works. The Minions’ amusing antics at the event feel fresh and the resulting connection they establish with Scarlet Overkill actually suggests the movie won’t be all Minion babble and cutesy behavior (not that I’d have any problem with that), but it may also require the natural followers to assess their situation and actually put some thought into whether or not Scarlet Overkill is the best villain to serve.

 

Best of Super Bowl XLIX: Jurassic World and Tomorrowland

The plan was to dub one TV spot the big winner of the night, but it’s impossible to choose between Jurassic World and Tomorrowland. As a Jurassic Park superfan, it was an absolute thrill to finally get a promo that makes you believe the park really is John Hammond’s vision brought to fruition, and then let you watch it get torn apart in a manner that’s reminiscent of the chaos in the 1993 original.

Then the Tomorrowland TV spot comes along and essentially answers its own question. Do I want to go to this incredible future place the piece is selling? Damn right I do! May 22 can’t come soon enough.

 

 

What are your favorite movie trailers of the week?

 

 

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