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Trailer Catch-Up 🎞: Zombieland 2, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, and More!

It's another week of Trailer Catch-Up as I review the latest trailers for Zombieland: Double Tap, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Harriet, Gemini Man, Jojo Rabbit, The Goldfinch, and Angel Has Fallen.

‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ (10/18)

Firstly, Sony Pictures has released the first official trailer to the long-awaited sequel Zombieland: Double Tap, which will see the return of Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin. The sequel will continue to follow the four main survivors navigating the country with countless zombies around while meeting some new faces along the way.

The original Zombieland was one of my favorite movies to come out in 2009, and ten years later, it’s about time it’s finally happening. Now we finally get footage, and it looks to be a fun adventure. We should all hope it can retain the same amount of humor that was in the first one. The trailer didn’t have anything that was gut-busting hilarious, but maybe the funniest moment will be in the actual movie.

My one worry going into Zombieland 2 is wondering if 10 years is a long wait for a sequel to a horror comedy that was great. Let’s just hope director Ruben Fleischer can make another good one in his filmography. All that being said, I can’t wait for Zombieland 2. This also stars Rosario Dawson, Luke Wilson, Zoey Deutch, Ava Jogia, and Thomas Middelditch.

Side note: Did anyone else listen to “Shoot to Thrill” by AC/DC later on in the day?

Score: 7/10

‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ (11/22)

Next up, the other big trailer Sony released was for the first official trailer to A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood starring Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers on Monday. In this true story, Matthew Rhys’ journalist interviews Fred Rogers for a profile piece and the relationship that follows between them.

I’ve been looking forward to A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood after seeing last year’s Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, the snubbed documentary about Rogers, and it looks so good. Though director Marielle Heller stated that this isn’t a biopic, this could be exciting to see America’s dad portray a man like Mister Rogers. The trailer will capture the feels throughout, and it’s another November release that’ll be great.

Score: 8/10

‘Harriet’ (11/1)

Next up, Focus Features released the trailer for the upcoming biopic, Harriet starring Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman. Of course, this tells the true story about how she escaped slavery and started the Underground Railroad to free others.

Surprisingly, there hasn’t been a theatrically released movie about this hero, and this doesn’t look too bad. Being that this is coming out around Oscar season, Harriet seems likely to be a strong contender.

Score: 7/10

‘Gemini Man’ (10/11)

Paramount Pictures unveiled the second trailer to Ang Lee’s Gemini Man, this fall’s latest sci-fi thriller starring Will Smith.  The plot focuses on Smith as an aging hitman who finds himself facing against a younger clone of himself.

This new trailer is better than the first trailer, and Gemini Man might end up being some kind of guilty pleasure action movie that’s in the same vein as The One. The action looks fun where we could be treated to a cool motorcycle chase, but my big issue with the movie so far is the de-aging of Smith that’s bugging me. The film could just be ridiculous that might have a twist, but I’m walking into this with little expectations.

Score: 6.5/10

‘Jojo Rabbit’ (10/18)

Next up, Fox Searchlight released the first teaser to Jojo Rabbit, the latest anti-satire comedy from writer/director Taika Waititi. The film takes place during WWII as we follow a young German boy whose imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler (Waititi) and discovers his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.

It’s only about a minute long, but just the thought of a comedy with Adolf Hitler sounds crazy. I’m also pretty sure a director like Waititi will make it hilarious, even though its setting is unsettling. Recently it’s going to have its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Score: 7.5/10

‘The Goldfinch’ (9/13)

Next Up is the second full-length trailer for The Goldfinch, which stars Angel Elgort and directed by John Crowley. I already talked about the first trailer and thought it looked like something I want to see. But this new trailer is even better.

There were some feels with this like the previous one in hopes that could be a well-worth drama that’s another possible Oscar contender. I’m also seeing The Goldfinch because of Roger Deakins’ cinematography.

Score: 8/10

‘Angel Has Fallen’ (8/23)

And the last trailer to talk about that nobody cares about is the second trailer to Angel Has Fallen, the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen. If you’ve seen the last trailer, you know Gerard Butler’s Mike Banning is being framed for trying to assassinate the President and is on the run to find out who’s behind it.

Seriously, I don’t care about Angel Has Fallen in the slightest, and this new trailer doesn’t show anything new or exciting that we haven’t seen before. Am I seeing this in theaters? Pass.

Score: 3/10

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