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Movie Trailers: The Best of June 2018

I am not someone that gets easily drawn into a movie by the trailers. In fact, I like to typically avoid trailers. There has been times recently where a trailer reveals too much of a plot (for example, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) or that the trailer doesn’t reflect the film’s theme or genre well (for Downsizing).

However, this month there has been some brilliant film trailers that have been released. Most of these films I hadn’t even heard of, or didn’t particularly care about. Thanks to the strength of their promotional material though, they may be a force to be reckoned with. Below are my list of the best trailers of June 2018, along with the video of the trailer and a small review of what makes them work.

Dumbo (2019)

This is a very special trailer from the Walt Disney company. I am someone that doesn’t really enjoy Tim Burton films (aside from The Nightmare Before Christmas). This is an incredible trailer though. I am a huge fan of Disney Animations, and Dumbo is no exception. I love that ‘Baby Mine’ is still in this adaptation, and that the Dumbo adaptation seems to be going in the same style and route that The Jungle Book did.

This is a beautifully made trailer that doesn’t give away too much of the plot. I also adore the moment at the end of the trailer when Dumbo lifts off and flies. The anticipation builds watching everyone wait for that moment, and when it does it truly brings back the Disney magic that I feel has been missing recently. I was anxious about this film, but now I have a little faith thanks to this beautifully edited trailer.

A Star is Born (2018)

How I never heard of this film is beyond me. This is a classic tale that has been told several times on the big screen, but rumours say that this could be the best one yet. Bradley Cooper stars and directs this film, which is his directorial debut. If anyone knows me well enough, they know that I love Bradley Cooper. I have been cheering him on at the Oscars since Silver Linings Playbook, and if this movie is marketing this film correctly, this could be an Oscar contender as well.
A Star is Born also features the official movie debut of Lady Gaga, who is a perfect fit for this film. The film focuses on a singer as he meets this girl who lacks the confidence to perform and the self-consciousness of her appearance, but has an incredible voice. That is a role made for Lady Gaga. Cooper also knows that the film is gaining traction because of her fame and success, and lets her performance shine in the trailer to get the recognition it deserves. A smart campaign that shows off both of their roles in a great light, this is one to look out for come award season.

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)

This month has also been a strong month for animation. Whilst there were great moments in the Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2 trailer, the overall trailer just worried me that it was going to turn into product placement, and just didn’t feel like a great Disney film. Compared to that, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part feels coherent and a great partnership to the first film.
I have not actually seen the first film in the franchise, but this trailer makes me want to go back and watch it. The animation style is stunning, the humour is on point, and the characters come to life thanks to the incredible cast that voices these characters. With Chris Pratt, Tiffany Haddish and Stephanie Beatriz all in one film, this is promising to be a fantastic sequel.

First Man (2018)

When one of my favourite directors makes a film, I am going to be watching it immediately. This is the case for Damien Chazelle, director of two other films that are pretty much flawless (La La Land and Whiplash). Whilst this is a very different film for Chazelle, given the theme is based on space and not jazz music, I am still just as excited to see this historic tale come to life. This is matched perfectly with the lead star of La La Land, Ryan Gosling, playing Neil Armstrong.
There has been several space films out recently, most of which have done business during awards season. This is one that looks to deal with drama, by going behind-the-scenes of one of the most historic moments in history. It is truly a wonder how this story has never been told before, but with such a pairing as Gosling and Chazelle telling it, First Man is going to be a great film.
What is your favourite trailer out of the four that I showed? Is there another film trailer from this month that got you excited? Let me know in the comments below.
Until next time, that was some film for thought.

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