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Trailer Reviews: 30th Sep to 1st October 2019

The past 36 hours has provided the Internet with three very different film trailers. Whilst there may not be any Oscar buzz about any of these films, they are anticipated in other ways and are going for a mainstream audience instead. Birds of Prey and 6 Underground release their first looks, whilst The King’s Man has a second trailer that is more story based. Did these trailers succeed in what they wanted to do? Watch the trailers and check out my thoughts below.

Birds of Prey

Synopsis: After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.
Director: Cathy Yan
Cast: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ewan McGregor, Ali Wong, Bojana Novakovic, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Chris Messina

I’m sorry that I have to say this, but I did not like this first trailer for Birds of Prey. This film trailer to me highlights the problems that many people had with Suicide Squad, and that is a weird unbalance of tone and messy editing. I cannot tell what direction this trailer wanted to go, and it felt like it was cut last minute to add less Harley Quinn and try to give other characters a light (which to me doesn’t work without any proper introduction to them).

I also didn’t understand the direction of Harley Quinn here. This trailer is best when it shows the menacing and damaged side of Harley, especially after her break-up with Joker. Those dramatic moments are heartbreaking to see, and reflect a real side of Harley that I believe with her development. The whole cute girl power movement and lines such as “sleepovers” to me don’t scream Harley Quinn to me.

There are some good moments to this trailer and things that give me hope. The action sequences look absolutely superb (which I am not shocked about given John Wick director Chad Stahelski’s involvement with this project) and the individual frames look gorgeous. I am also anticipating the performances throughout, as both Margot Robbie and Ewan McGregor are given moments to shine and take all of that opportunity here.

Unfortunately, the tone just didn’t work for me here. If I could see a more cohesive storyline and development of the Birds of Prey team here, I would be more optimistic about this first trailer. Some of the campaign for this film has been brilliant and some have been bad, this isn’t terrible but it does leave me on a sour note.

6 Underground

Synopsis: Six billionaires fake their own deaths and form an elite vigilante squad in order to take down notorious criminals.
Director: Michael Bay

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Ben Hardy, Mélanie Laurent, Dave Franco, Adria Arjona, Corey Hawkins

As a Netflix film, this trailer has only one job to do: convince me to check it out when it becomes available on the service. There is less expectations on a trailer like this, as it just has to convince me that it is better than most things available on streaming at the time, and this trailer did that for me.

Does this look like typical Michael Bay direction? Yes. However, I think this works in the Netflix formula as I have a feeling that people may not choose to pay for this in a cinema, rather opting for a streaming service. This looks like the fun sort of film that you can put on with your friends and have a laugh and a few drinks with, and that is exactly the sort of film some of us need for a Saturday night.

The acting here looks solid, and I love the casting choices they made here. Even hearing the names of Ryan Reynolds, Ben Hardy and Dave Franco all working together makes me excited to stick this one on. The cinematography looks stunning here, and it seems like the action sequences, whilst silly and filled with Bay-styled explosions everywhere, look like absolute fun.

Is this suddenly my most anticipated film for the rest of the year? Heck no. However, I was not aware of this project until now so the trailer gave me something to look forward to watching regardless. Between fun films like this and the Oscar contenders of The Irishman and Marriage Story, Netflix is certainly looking to compete in the movie business at the end of 2019.

The King’s Man

Synopsis: As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them. Discover the origins of the very first independent intelligence agency in The King’s Man.
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, with Djimon Hounsou, and Charles Dance

This is yet again another strong trailer for The King’s Man, with a campaign that I have really enjoyed. This is how you do a trailer release schedule: release a first one early setting a strong tone for the film, then feed us a little more information about the story in your second trailer. Even with that, they are not giving much away in these trailers about the plot or the ending, something a lot of trailers do now.

What I love about the two trailers that have dropped now is that the team have seemed to find a good balance between the two Kingsman films that have already been released. They seemed to have taken the criticism that they received from Kingsman: The Golden Circle in that it was getting too silly, but found ways to keep the humour and light charm of the film even in a World War I film.

This is easily my favourite of the three film trailers that dropped in the past day or so, and my excitement level for this film just keeps going up. The cinematography looks stunning, the action sequences seem to be as excellent as they have been in this franchise, and I love all of the casting choices and performances so far. I may have wanted a Kingsman 3 with Taron Egerton and Colin Firth immediately, but I am more than happy to take this whilst they finish shooting it.

What did you think of the three trailers? Do you agree or disagree with any of my thoughts on them? Let me know in the comments section and let’s have a discussion.

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