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Trailer Catch-Up🎞: Marriage Story, Lady and the Tramp, Motherless Brooklyn, and More!

A stacked edition of Trailer Catch-Up for trailer reviews of Marriage Story, Lady and the Tramp, Noelle, Motherless Brooklyn, Rambo: Last Blood, Underwater, Bombshell, Western Stars, Antlers, The Report, and Jexi.

It’s time for another weekly edition of Trailer Catch-Up here on DC’s Take, and I didn’t think there were going to be a ton of new trailers to talk about this week. Some better more than others just from judging from the scores.

Getting that out of the way, let’s talk about this huge batch of trailers the previous week had to offer to us!

‘Marriage Story’ (TBA on Netflix)

First up, Netflix released the teaser for Noah Baumbach’s latest drama starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, Marriage Story. Two teaser trailers to be exact as it focuses on the relationship with both characters as they both are about to be divorced.

Believe me when I say I’ve never watched a Noah Baumbach film in my life. I know they’re pretty popular in the indie crowd, but I never got around to them. Marriage Story looks interesting, and for them to put out to teasers to show the different perspective was a good choice. I’m getting the feeling this will be something like Blue Valentine, which would lead to being depressed. Looks good, I can’t wait to check it out on Netflix.

Score: 7.5/10

‘Lady and the Tramp’ (11/12 on Disney+)

Next up while at this year’s D23, Disney has released the first trailer to their latest live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp, one of the first movies to stream on Disney+. If you’re unfamiliar with the story, it follows a Cocker Spaniel named Lady (voiced by Tessa Thompson) and a Schnauzer mix named Tramp as they go on a journey and fall in love.

While this year’s line-up of Disney remake has fallen short of expectations, Lady and the Tramp might be enjoyable. I haven’t seen the original in a very long time, but this has a solid voice cast, and it could be cute. Talking dog movies haven’t seen the best seen in the positive light in a long time, so here’s hoping this will be good.

Score: 6.5/10

‘Noelle’ (11/12 on Disney+)

The other trailer that dropped from D23 is the trailer for another original movie that’s streaming on Disney+ is for the long-awaited Christmas comedy Noelle starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader. Kendrick plays the titular role as Santa’s daughter and Hader plays her older who’s next-in-line to take his dad’s place. But as he gets cold feet, Noelle must track him down before Christmas Eve night.

As much as I love both of these stars, especially Kendrick, this didn’t sound good since I first heard a word about it two years ago. Noelle might end up being charming, but it’s reminding me of The Santa Clause and Fred Claus, but not in a good way. I’ll still watch it because it has my future wife, but I won’t be happy about it.

Score: 3/10

‘Motherless Brooklyn’ (11/1)

Next up, Warner Bros. released the first trailer to Edward Norton’s Motherless Brooklyn, based on the Jonathan Lethem novel of the same name. Norton stars as a P.I. with Tourette syndrome trying to solve a case about a murdered friend (Bruce Willis) in the 1950s New York.

Being that this is the second film Norton has directed, I figured that would be better, in my opinion. Motherless Brooklyn just looks like a typical crime drama that could go either way. Kind of reminding me a little bit of Live By Night, and I wasn’t a fan of that. Once it premieres at TIFF and gets a positive reception, then I’ll be interested. As of now, I’m not completely sold yet.

Score: 6/10

‘Rambo: Last Blood’ (9/20)

Next up, Lionsgate released a new, short trailer for Rambo: Last Blood, the last movie in the action franchise starring Sylvester Stallone. It’s only a minute long trailer, but it still offers up a lot of action that will sure to be bloody and exciting.

This could be a solid conclusion to his legendary action character.

Score: 7/10

‘Underwater’ (1/10/2020)

Next up, Fox released the trailer for Underwater. The story follows a crew of underwater researchers trying to escape after an earthquake destroys their laboratory. It was a solid cast (for the most part) that includes Kristen Stewart, T.J. Miller, Vincent Cassel, and John Gallagher Jr., one of my favorite underrated actors working today.

Miller still being involved in this is already a red flag for me or the fact that it comes out in January. But Underwater reminds me a bit of The Abyss and Life with the latter having that sci-fi horror element that could make this a fun watch.

Score: 6.5/10

‘Bombshell’ (12/20)

Lionsgate released the first teaser for Jay Roach’s Bombshell, which stars Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly, Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, Margot Robbie as Kayla Pospisil, and John Lithgow as Roger Ailes. And, of course, this chronicles the accusations of Ailes and the women of Fox News.

For a teaser, this didn’t sell me. All there is are the three actresses on the elevator. But all I could think about how Theron looks exactly like Kelly. That being said, Bombshell has potential with Roach directing and Charles Randolph, the Oscar-winning co-writer of The Big Short. I just need another trailer to make me more interested.

Score: 6.5/10

‘Western Stars’ (10/2019)

Next Up, Warner Bros. released the trailer for Western Stars, which is a concert documentary based on Bruce Springsteen’s latest album of the same name. This was appropriately shown in front of Blinded By the Light last weekend, which was a surprise from me since I just heard about it briefly.

Springsteen makes his directorial debut with longtime collaborator Thom Zimny. The trailer is composed of beautiful shots and great narration from The Boss. I still don’t know if I’m going to seek this out, but this convinced me to listen to the album now.

Grade: 8/10 

‘Antlers’ (2020)

Next up, Fox Searchlight released the teaser for director Scott Cooper’s next film Antlers, a supernatural horror film that’s produced by Guillermo del Toro. Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons play a sister and brother living in a small town in Oregon as a young student is holding a secret with frightening consequences.

I think what made this trailer for Antlers creepy is the story the boy is telling that feels tense. A dark and intriguing teaser that doesn’t show a whole lot.

Score: 7/10

‘The Report’ (11/15)

A double dose of Adam Driver last week as Amazon Studios finally released the teaser trailer for The Report, which stars Driver, Annette Benning, and Jon Hamm. What this follows is staffer Daniel J. Jones with investigating the accusations of torture by the CIA after 9/11.

I heard nothing but good things about this coming out of Sundance, and it looks pretty intriguing. Curious to see Scott Z. Burns tackle this political thriller that has the potential to be the next Spotlight for all we know. But at least this will be on Amazon Prime a couple of weeks later.

Score: 7.5/10

‘Jexi’ (10/11)

Finally, Lionsgate released the red band trailer for the comedy Jexi starring Adam DeVine and Rose Byrne as the voice of Jexi. A pretty simple premise about a guy obsessed with his cell phone, expect his sassy phone is trying to keep him to herself.

I actually saw this trailer for the first before Good Boys last week, and when I first heard about this, it’s just a comedic version of Her. Does it look funny? Well, it got me to chuckle twice, but it looks like it’s going to be filled with a lot of awful dick jokes that’ll get old quickly. Plus, I’m not a fan of the Bad Moms directors.

On a side note: Listening to “Connection” by OneRepublic is addictive.

Score: 4/10

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