Trailer Tuesday #15
Another week and another edition of iGR’s Trailer Tuesday, featuring the week’s best movie trailers! While it’s not a supersized edition, there is an extra trailer at the end. Think of it as a tip for all your trouble! Seriously though, this week is packed with comedy that I’m not sure there are any comedy trailers left to show for the rest of eternity. I could be wrong on that, though. Anyways, let’s get to it.
ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES – I won’t even care of the movie sucks, seeing Ron Burgandy again is worth it. As someone who pretends to analyze films in a serious manner I’d like to say that the previous line was a joke but it really isn’t: I really couldn’t care less how good the movie is. I don’t think you quite understand just how influential the first Anchorman was in developing my sense of humor. The core cast of Will Ferrell (Step Brothers), Paul Rudd (This Is 40), David Koechner (Get Smart) and Steve Carrell (The Office) all return in their respective roles and be on the lookout for a bajillion cameos from various celebrities. This long-awaited sequel hits theaters on December 20, 2013.
THE LEGO MOVIE – Despite the ridiculous notion that a Lego movie was a good idea, the trailer for this thing was quite enjoyable. It doesn’t hurt that Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street) are behind it but I can’t say that I thought the film would look that enjoyable. The cast isn’t without some star power too, with Chris Pratt (Parks & Recreation), Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games), Liam Neeson (Taken), Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight trilogy) and Will Ferrell (Step Brothers) all lending their voices for the film. It opens in theaters on February 7, 2014.
THE SPECTACULAR NOW – If one thing has been made abundantly clear with previous editions of Trailer Tuesday, it’s that I like spotlighting indie films. I enjoy a lot of them but it doesn’t help that the last few years has been pretty full of high quality indie films. This one is no exception, having been a favorite of many critics in this past January’s Sundance Film Festival. The cast is littered with potential break out stars like Miles Teller (21 & Over), Shailene Woodley (The Descendents) and Brie Larson (21 Jump Street), as well as some solid older actors like Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights TV), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Road to Perdition) and Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad). It opens in theaters on August 2, 2013.
DRINKING BUDDIES – Another indie favorite, this time through South by Southwest, Drinking Buddies is another comedy with a lot of dramatic leanings. However, this one features some actors that have already broken out in various ways. Olivia Wilde (Tron: Legacy), Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), Jake Johnson (New Girl) and Ron Livingston (Office Space) have all experienced success on some level or another prior to this film but none of them are that big that this film couldn’t surprise you. This film is employing an increasingly popular technique to release indie films with it debuting on iTunes on July 25, 2013 while it opens in theaters on August 23, 2013.
EMPIRE STATE – What is mind-boggling about this film is that despite the presence of some real star power, it’s not getting a theatrical release. And it’s not like the trailer makes it obvious that the film is just downright awful, either so it’s just incredibly odd. Still, 2013 is clearly the Year of Dwayne Johnson (Fast Five) as this marks the fourth film of his to be released this year. Rounding out the cast is Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Emma Roberts (Scream 4) and Michael Angarano (Haywire). It’ll be available on DVD/Blu-Ray on September 3, 2013.
JOBS – After premiering to modest reviews at Sundance, Jobs was placed on the shelf for awhile and just recently received a release date. Still, it’s not surprising that a film that chronicles any part of the life of the late Steve Jobs would command enough attention to warrant a theatrical release, even with modest reviews. I’m an Apple guy and a huge admirer of the work that Jobs did in innovating not only the computer industry but also the phone industry and well, basically creating the tablet industry but I can’t say that I’m looking forward to this film that much. There’s one with much better prospects in the pipeline that’s being written by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) so my excitement for a Steve Jobs-related film will be on hold until that comes to fruition. That said, this film doesn’t lack good actors as Ashton Kutcher (That 70’s Show) is joined by Josh Gad (21), J.K. Simmons (original Spiderman trilogy) and Matthew Modine (The Dark Knight Rises). It opens in theaters on August 16, 2013.