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Trailer Time (TMNT 2, The BFG, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Nice Guys, The Legend of Tarzan)


It’s trailer time with The Snooty Ushers as we take a look at some of the latest trailers released and give our impressions.

The BFG – Dir. Steven Spielberg

We all know Steven Spielberg is a master director and delivers on pretty much every genre he dips his toes into. Though he has only really directed 2 family type films with E.T. & Hook but the BFG is something that just plays right into Spielberg’s hands. The trailer is jut a teaser and we are yet to see the BFG himself (voiced by Mark Rylance) but with a July UK release date it is lining up to be a summer smash.


 

X-Men: Apocalypse – Dir. Bryan Singer

Well holy hell that looks doesn’t it? As soon as you hear Oscar Isaac speak it’s exciting. Apocalypse himself is a significant villain in the X-Men universe and I’ve been very interested in how they would execute his character in the film. The images released earlier this year were not promising, with so so so many comparisons to Ivan Ooze from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie. Thankfully though, the trailer does the character a bit more justice. There are tiny glimpses of some of the new actors as mutants with Nightcrawler, Cyclops, Psylocke, Jean Gray, Angel and Storm all visible. For a first trailer it’s good, and not too revealing, fingers crossed what we see next is just as good.


 

The Legend of Tarzan – Teaser

Though it’s labelled a teaser, it’s just a bit more than that. A few story arcs are immediately seen but how it will play out in the film is another story. The actors certainly look the part for their characters, especially Alexander Skarsgård who is absolutely ripped as Tarzan, and certainly gives the Magic Mike guys a run for their money. The trailer presents a moody tone to the jungle, and is certainly atmospheric with a number of clashes between man, ape, and a mysterious group led by the the awesome Djimon Hounsou. Though the film has great action credentials, it’s a tough story to pull off for modern audiences and it remains to be seen if it can be done successfully. One thing I didn’t like about the trailer is after constructing a sombre vibe it contains that scene of Tarzan in a suit and shows a light hearted moment, which completely jars with what the trailer set up till that point.


 

The Nice Guys – Dir. Shane Black

Shane Black is one of the criminally underused, and underrated directors and writers in the game. After the great Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in 2005 it took 8 years until he directed again with Iron Man 3, and as the man also behind the stories for the first two Lethal Weapon films it’s a shock he hasn’t done more. With The Nice Guys it looks like we have another buddy film to add to the collection, and the trailer has it all for fans of the genre. From witty dialogue to fun action and some sharp exchanges we could be in for a treat with this next year.


 

Jane Got a Gun – Trailer 2

Jane got a Gun was a production that was played musical chairs with pretty much every role behind and in front of the camera and now this trailer pretty much outlines the majority of the story and leaves little to the imagination. However as a Western fan I’ll be there to watch it, and with Gavin O’Connor (Warrior, Pride and Glory) in the directors chair we should be in for a solid outing.


 

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny – Dir. Woo Ping-Yuen

The Netflix exclusive of a film that nobody expected to see a sequel of is out in less than 3 months and it looks pretty decent. Michelle Yeoh appears to be the only returning character and actress from the first film, however this time she has brought with her screen legend Donnie Yen and Jason Scott Lee. The trailer is light on plot and heavy on action. It’s clear we can expect plenty of stunts and sword play but without Ang Lee at the helm, how will it actually turn out?


 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – Dir. Dave Green

So I saved the best till last, yep you heard me right this is the best trailer of the bunch. Why? We’ve got the turtles, we’ve got Splinter, we’ve got Shredder, we’ve got Baxter Stockman and we have Bebop and motherf***ing Rocksteady! And they are driving a tank! A Tank! Much like Michael Bay’s Transformers, I never thought I’d see the day my childhood cartoons were adapted to the big screen with these characters. 2014s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles caught some flack but honestly what was anybody expecting from a turtles film? It was jam packed with action and fun and some great set pieces, just like it should be. This time it’s clearly ramping up the action and the pace and I can not wait.


 

So there we have it, any tickle your fancy? Let us know!

About Snooty Usher Dan

Favourite Film: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) Worst Film: The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007) Guilty Pleasure: Step Up 2: The Streets (The dancing is awesome ok.....)

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