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Trailer Catch-Up May 5-11: Spider-Man: Far From Home, It: Chapter 2, etc.

On this week's "Trailer Catch-Up", I give my thoughts on the trailers for Spider-Man: Far From Home, The Farewell, The Lodge, It: Chapter 2, Where'd You Go, Bernadette, and Judy.

Welcome back to the second installment of “Trailer Catch-Up“, the weekly segment where I discuss the latest trailers that have come out the previous week. There were two big ones that dropped that many have already talked about and some that didn’t, but that’s why I’m here to talk about them.

Spider-Man: Far From Home (July 2)

The first trailer to be released this week is the second trailer to the highly anticipated MCU of the summer Spider-Man: Far From Home. Major props for Sony for having Tom Holland put out a spoiler warning before the trailer for those who haven’t seen Avengers: Endgame yet. Now if the studio could only do that with their other movies.

But Far From Home still looks like it’s gonna be a lot of fun. We get more glimpses at Jake Gyllenhaal’s Quentin Beck/ Mysterio and all his amazement, some brief Stealth Suit Spider-Man action, and Samuel L Jackson’s Nick Fury delivering a solid line to Spidey that only Fury can make funny.

Said to be the last movie for Phase 3, Spider-Man: Far From Home will most likely be a worthy follow-up to Homecoming. But there’s only one real question I hope comes true in the movie: Will Peter end up with MJ? I sure hope so.

The Farewell (July 12)

Next up is the first trailer for A24’s latest family drama The Farewell, starring Awkwafina. Written and directed by Lulu Wang, this tells that story of a Chinese-American family returns to China after discovering their Grandma is diagnosed with cancer, but they can’t tell her anything.

The Farewell has been getting positive reactions ever since it made its debut at Sundance, and I can totally see why because this looks like it’s gonna have its moments of fun and sincerity. Plus, I love that we have another film for a Chinese audience, especially after the success of Crazy Rich Asians. I also hope this will showcase Awkwafina’s dramatic chops.

The feels from watching this trailer is a good sign that The Farewell will be a beautiful drama for everybody. But will it hurt me?

The Lodge

Neon has put the first trailer to this fall’s The Lodge from Goodnight Mommy directors Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala. This, which premiered at Sundance, stars Riley Keough snowed in in a lodge cabin with her future stepchildren. And the more secrets found about Keough’s Grace, the more suspicious everything takes on.

This was just alright since nothing was grabbing me. Just could just be another horror movie that’s gonna be a slow-burn, which won’t be a problem for some, but not something I would see in the theater.

It: Chapter 2 (September 6)

The other big trailer to be released this week was for It: Chapter 2, the sequel to Andrés Muschietti’s horror adaptation of the Stephen King novel. I loved the first It from two years ago, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to be excited about the grown-up versions of The Losers Club going up against Pennywise the Clown 27 years later.

This trailer was so good. What I love about this teaser is that it plays out like a trailer for one of the Conjuring films. In what can be seen as an extended scene, we see Jessica Chastain play the older Beverly Mash coming back to her old house where an elderly woman now lives. And the entire scene is pretty much creepy as expected.

The rest gives us imagery and our first look at James McAvoy and Bill Hader (perfect casting). It: Chapter 2 will mark the beginning of the fall movie season in the scariest way possible. I just hope this doesn’t end up like the miniseries’ disappointing second part. Am I there opening weekend? Hands down, yes.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette (August 16)

Next up, we’ve finally got the second trailer to Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette with Cate Blanchett and Billy Crudup based on the novel by Maria Semple.

This trailer a lot more of the story than the previous trailer to where we see where the title comes from. We now see that Blanchett’s titular character goes to Antarctica to start a new life without her husband and daughter. Probably won’t go out of my way to see it, but I’ll see anything Linklater puts out.

Judy (September 27)

And that last trailer to be released this week is for the Judy Garland biopic simply called Judy, starring Renée Zellweger as the famous singer and actress. This was only a minute long with an almost unrecognizable Zellweger with scenes of her final years set to a melancholic version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. Honestly, I completely forgot this was coming after they announced this was happening.

For a biopic, it looks alright. But Judy could be the comeback movie that Zellweger needs. Nothing was amazing. This could either be another hit like My Week with Marilyn or another total misfire like Diana.

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