‘The Irishman’ (TBA on Netflix)
First Up, Netflix released the official teaser trailer for Martin Scorsese’s long-awaited crime drama The Irishman, starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and the return of Joe Pesci. The film chronicles the life of hitman Frank Sheeran (De Niro) when he worked for Pacino’s Jimmy Hoffa.
Any other Netflix original coming out for the rest of the year doesn’t matter when it comes to The Irishman. The trailer didn’t blow me away, but it’s enough to eagerly anticipate this coming out sometime in the fall. With three acting legends and a legendary director attached.
We also get our first glimpse at the much talked about de-aging effects on De Niro, and it’s almost unrecognizable. If The Irishman gets good buzz out of the New York Film Festival in September, it could be another Oscar hopeful. We shall see if Scorsese can make a great one.
Next up, Universal Pictures unveiled the teaser for Sam Mendes’ upcoming WWI drama entitled 1917. The film will follow two young British soldiers (George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman) are on a race against time to deliver a message to the enemy’s side that could save thousands of soldiers.
If there’s one movie that I’m for sure checking out at the end of the year, or until its wide release in January, it’s 1917. This looks incredible. You get the feeling that Mendes will make a war film that’s similar to Dunkirk with the tense, immersive action. As a fan of Mendes as a director, war flicks, and Roger Deakin providing beautiful cinematography, I’m all in.
Best trailer of the week, if you ask me.
‘The Hunt’ (9/27)
Next up, Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions released the official trailer to their next latest thriller The Hunt, which stars Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank, Justin Hartley, Emma Roberts, and Ike Barinholtz. The story is centered around a group of kidnapped people who are being hunted for sport by globalist elites.
The Hunt reminds of The Hunger Games, The Purge and The Belko Experiment, and I can’t tell if that’s a good or bad thing. I’m surprised that this wasn’t a red band trailer considering some kills. This kind of premise has been done before, but we have seen it done in the style of a movie produced by Blumhouse? Not yet. We should just make sure a premise like this isn’t wasted when it turns out to be a letdown.
‘The Lighthouse’ (10/18)
Next up, A24 has released the trailer for writer/director Robert Egger’s follow-up to The Witch, The Lighthouse, starring Robert Pattinson & Willem Dafoe as two lighthouse keepers stuck on a New England island in the 1890s as they are descending into madness.
To be honest, I wasn’t a fan of The Witch like everybody else as I thought it was a boring horror movie. Just from the one trailer, I can already tell The Lighthouse will end up being another A24 movie will divide moviegoers and critics. This doesn’t look to be a horror movie but a psychological thriller made to look like it was made decades ago, which looks stunning in black and white. It made its debut at Cannes to rave reviews, so I’m hoping I’ll like and not think about the possible slow pace.
‘Queen and Slim’ (11/27)
Next up, Universal Pictures revealed the full-length trailer to Queen & Slim, which stars Daniel Kaluuya and newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith. The Melina Matsoukas directed and Lena Waithe penned script follows a couple on the run after Kaluuya’s character kills a cop after their first date.
A first look was released a month ago, but we got a new trailer which was shown in front of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood last weekend. I’m still looking forward to seeing this near the end of November as it Queen & Slim will likely touch on not only a love story but the violence of the country due to racism.
‘Sextuplets’ (8/16 on Netflix)
Finally, the trailer for the Marlon Wayans’ Netflix comedy Sextuplets was released on Friday, and we’re all wondering why this exists. Waynes’ character is a soon to be a father when he found out that he has other brothers and sisters and sets out on a road trip to meet them.
Yes, this is a real Netflix movie. From the trailer alone, I get the sense Marlon Wayans is trying to ruin comedy for everybody. Aren’t we at the point of time where an actor playing multiple roles just for jokes hasn’t been funny since Norbit? Seriously, this looks horrible and painfully unfunny and I ain’t watching it.