The Best Movie Trailers of the Week

The Best Movie Trailers of the Week

Oct 03, 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.

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings is clearly the Hollywood version of the biblical tale with its excess of eyeliner, pretty faces and sprawling visuals, but there’s a reason Scott (and many other filmmakers) go that route – it’s undeniably entertaining. It’s tough not to stop this trailer every few seconds to admire the cinematography, production design and costume work, but it’s even harder not to get swept up in the narrative. What goes down when Moses rises up and leads the slaves out of Egypt is riveting in and of itself, but by taking the time to build his relationship with Ramses first, the editor(s) establishes a grounded layer that pulls you right into their world and makes everything that follows especially all consuming.


The Imitation Game

What better way to grab someone’s attention than by telling them that if they share this information, they’ll be executed for high treason? Thanks to that forthright opening, the new international trailer for The Imitation Game will have your undivided attention in a matter of seconds. It takes a mathematical genius to crack the German Enigma code, but thanks to a well-structured representation of the narrative and some highly engaging performances, you come to understand what’s at stake and how challenging it will be to break that code in an effortlessly digestible manner.


Inside Out

How many times have you seen title cards that proclaim, “From the producers of this super-popular movie,” or, “From the director of this Academy Award-winning film,” and rolled your eyes at the heavy-handed pursuit of clout? Pixar pulls something similar with its very first teaser trailer for Inside Out, but it actually works. By running through a reel of their highly acclaimed films, the trailer essentially paves a way to Inside Out by suggesting that it’ll be reminiscent of all the Pixar films you’ve come to know and love, but will also go somewhere that none of them have gone before.


The Mule

The Mule is a bit much and it's stuffed with surprises, but thankfully this trailer doesn’t spoil any of them. It does use some incredibly slick editing and sound design to tease the film’s bold and explosive build.



Not only does this new promo leave you with a comprehensive sense of what to expect from Interstellar, but it does so in a way that winds up sparking more questions in the process.


The Theory of Everything

This new trailer for The Theory of Everything is remarkably devastating and inspiring all at once. Similar to The Imitation Game, this piece is a winner from the moment it starts, courtesy of a rather trivial yet enchanting conversation. Even though it’s a mere two-minute-and-37-second piece that breezes through the feature’s plot, Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones are oozing with so much chemistry that it’s impossible not to become invested in their situation, empathize with their troubles and revel in their triumph.  


What are your favorite movie trailers of the week?




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