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Trailer Catch-Up May 12-18: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, The Dead Don’t Die, etc.

For this week's installment of "Trailer-Catch Up", I give my take on the latest trailers for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Midsommar, The Dead Don't Die, Angel Has Fallen, The Secret Life of Pets 2, and Always Be My Maybe

It is another week of “Trailer Catch-Up” here on DC’s Take. This is the still fresh segment on the site where I give my thoughts on the latest movie trailers in hopes to probably seeing them in the theater.

This was a solid batch week of the trailers that ranged from interested to feeling nothing. A few of this week’s trailers are for sequels that are pretty unnecessary. I also posted the trailers below if you want to watch it.

With that out of the way, let’s jump on in!

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (October 18)

The first trailer to be released arrived just in time to appear in front of Aladdin next weekend is the teaser for the Disney sequel, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. Angelina Jolie returns as the titular villain years after the first movie ended as we see her facing off against Michelle Pfeiffer’s queen to rule over the kingdom or something.

I’m still wondering why Disney wanted to do a sequel to Maleficent. How did I feel about its predecessor back in 2014? It wasn’t really all that good for a live-action re-telling of Sleeping Beauty. Jolie portrayed the character well enough; it’s almost all the changes that wasn’t sitting right with me. But it made a ton of money at the box office to justify the reasoning for them to greenlight this.

And just as expected, this doesn’t look that exciting. The visual style doesn’t look that impressive so far, and it includes an emo cover of Donovan’s “Season of the Witch” to make things more eye-rolling. As it stands, I do hope Maleficent: Mistress of Evil can be an improvement, but this is one of the few Disney movies this year I don’t care one bit about.

Midsommar (July 3)

Up next is the full-length trailer to Ari Aster’s follow-up to Hereditary, Midsommar with Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, and Will Poulter.

Unlike the teaser, we get a more into the story is how Pugh and Reynor’s characters come about to this festival in Swedish while on the verge of breaking up. This trailer really made me more interested in the film than before. Looks beautifully shot and will make the effort to be a more sinister version of The Wicker Man.

But I am keeping the hype down on this one because there’s a 50/50 chance that I not gonna love this like everybody else. I expect Midsommar to get me chills and feel uncomfortable while watching.

The Dead Don’t Die (June 14)

Next up is the red band trailer for Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die, starring an all-star cast that includes Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, and many more.

The trailer came out ahead of its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, which was the opening film, and it delivers some more the deadpan humor that’s gonna be seen in while featuring some zombie killing. The funniest bit comes at the end involving Carol Kane that I hope stays funny in the actual movie.

Bit of a shorter trailer than before, but I’m eager to check this out since horror comedies tend to do well enough to be generally scary and funny at the same time. There have been some mixed reviews at Cannes, but I’m still seeing it because it has both Bill Murray Adam Driver in this.

Angel Has Fallen (August 23)

The first trailer for the sequel to both Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen comes Angel Has Fallen. In the third outing in the action franchise, Gerard Butler’s Secret Service Agent Mike Banning is being framed for trying to kill the President, and he’s on the run to figure out who set him up.

Honest question: Can Gerard Butler fire his agent? Because I think everybody is getting sick of him being in cheap action movies, and Angel Has Fallen is continuing that trend.  I never cared about the previous movies in this franchise. It is gonna be following a predictable storyline, poor CGI with the action, and Morgan Freeman, now acting as President, possibly phoning it in.

And this comes out in late August, so chances are it won’t be that entertaining if Liongates decided to release it at the time the summer movie season dwindles down.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (June 7)

Next up, right before it has its Fandango Early Access screening next Saturday, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment released the final trailer for The Secret Life of Pets 2.

The sequel sees the return of our gang of pets doing crazy things while their owners are away. This time, we see Max (voiced by Patton Oswalt) and Duke (voiced by Eric Stonestreet) on an adventure outside the city with their owner’s new kid, while the rest do other mischiefs that will go unnoticed. Seriously though, I don’t know the plot of this.

A lot of trailers for the animated sequel hasn’t impressed me a single bit since nothing looks new that we haven’t been original that was forgettable. This still hasn’t changed my mind about checking it out. I could see it due to the fact Harrison Ford voices a Welsh Sheepdog…

Always Be My Maybe (May 31)

And finally, Netflix has released the second trailer their latest romantic comedy Always Be My Maybe with Ali Wong and Randell Park in the lead roles. They play childhood friends when it’s a chance to Park’s Marcus to tell Wong’s Sasha how he really feels about her.

The trailer plays out what the entire movie will be like, yet it still looks pretty funny. I’m also digging the pairing of Wong and Park, who wrote the script with Michael Golamco, and it looks the kind of rom-com that’s right up my alley.

It also includes surprise cameo that was enough to make sure I watch it when it premieres on Netflix the end of the month.

Any of the trailers I talked about looked good to you?

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