Recently, the first trailer for the upcoming Kingsman: The Golden Circle was released. It rattled the bones and whetted my appetite with its visually satisfying cinematics and explosive action. The first movie was a surprise hit from the visionary mind of Matthew Vaughn, a master at blending action and comedy as seen in his other works like Stardust, X-Men: First Class and Kickass. This new trailer introduces a couple new A-list actors like Channing Tatum(21 Jump Street), Julianne Moore(Still Alice), Halle Berry(Monster’s Ball), Jeff Bridges(The Big Lebowski) and many more. The trailer showcases action and comedy reminiscent of the first movie and seems like it would continue its satirical deconstruction and parody of spy movie tropes. Kingsman is looking to be more expansive and franchise worthy. Hopefully we will get a nice and even better treat than the infamous church scene from the first movie. The movie comes out on the 22nd of September 2017. Remember manners maketh a man.
Ho ho ho, merry apocalypse, now this is one hell of an early Christmas present. The latest trailer for the upcoming X-men: Apocalypse just dropped without any prior warning to us mere mortals. I have just gotten my ticket for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens and was watching its latest international trailer, when I got a sudden notification and behold I spot Oscar Isaac in his apocalyptic make up glory in the video thumbnail. I was pleasantly surprised that the trailer was a full length trailer and not a thirty second teaser. The trailer was well cut and properly edited, there are a couple of minor unfinished special effects shots but with a couple of months to go, I am certain that all that would be patched up soon. I am going to talk about the trailer and list out the things I loved about it and give my general impression of the overall trailer.
First of all, I would like to point out the new characters, which are mostly younger versions of the main X-men characters from previous movies like Jean Grey, Cyclops, Nightcrawler and Storm. Recurring characters also return to reprise their roles like James McAvoy as Professor X, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Rose Bryne as Moira McTaggert and Lucas Till as Havoc. We get brief glimpses of the main antagonist i. e. En Sabad Nur AKA Apocalypse, an ancient and powerful mutant that has existed over centuries. I love his new appearance as its quite similar to its comic book counterpart and it’s an improvement to his original design. We also get to see his iconic four horsemen from the comics which, based on solely the trailer seems to consist Magneto, Storm, Angel and a fourth character that I’m not sure of. In the comics, Apocalypse was known to convert other mutants into his minions and also imbuing them with extraordinary powers. Another aspect of the trailer I really loved was the fact that Apocalypse stated that he has had different names over the years like Ra, Vishnu and Yahweh, which insinuates his direct effect on religion in the X-men universe. It also hints at his mass power and authority that he must have amassed over the years. My favorite line from the trailer was when Havoc states that Apocalypse must have gotten the idea of the four horsemen from the Bible, but then Moira McTaggert retorts saying “or the Bible got it from him” further indicating Apocalypse’s ancient origins and influence on modern religion.
Furthermore we see Professor X gasping as horror at the sheer amount of power that Apocalypse inhabits as he utilizes the cerebro device. We see another scene featuring Professor X using the cerebro yet again but this time his eyes have gone black and he says that he has never felt so much power which might indicate a possible possession by Apocalypse. Mystique is also shown to be leading the younger new generation X-men namely Jean Grey, Nightcrawler and Cyclops and Magneto also seems to have been converted into one of Apocalypse’s horsemen.
Overall the trailer blew my mind away and has gotten me super pumped for the final product. One of my greatest hopes is that the character of Cyclops is more fleshed out this time around unlike the original X-men trilogy. What did you think of the trailer? What were your favorite parts? Let me know what I might have missed. Till next time. Szia.
I wake up this morning, getting ready to assume my venture to my scholastic abode when I casually decide to browse through YouTube. Lo and behold, I am blasted with the newest trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The trailer opens with Bruce Wayne attending a prestigious dinner where he is approached by Clark Kent, in his reporter disguise of course. The two of them banter back and forth about who is basically better, Batman or Superman. There is tension on the screen as they stare each other down and then Lex Luthor comes to interject, stating that he is glad that he has brought them together. Cue the action montage where we see Batman and Superman throwing down against each other. The trailer reveals that Lex is clearly the one manipulating the fued between Batman and Superman.
Then we see the corpse of Zod been wheeled into a operating room where it is experimented upon, leading to the creation of Doomsday. His arrival halts the battle between the Son of Krypton and the Demon of Gotham. Doomsday proceeds to decimate them with his high intensity heat vision, clearly from the powers of Zod. A huge explosion ensues and when the dust settles, Wonder Woman is shown to have deflected the heat blast with her sheild which stuns both Batman and Superman as they question her origins.
Personally I still prefered the first trailer as I thought that was well cut and it showcased some underlying sociopolitical themes whereas this trailer was more linear, revealing to us viewers most of the things we already know like Batman fighting Superman, Lex Luthor manipulating the fued, the creation of Doomsday, and Wonder Woman’s presence. With that been said, there were a couple of things I did like about this trailer like the opening scene where both Bruce and Clark stare down at each other, I also like most of the action shots like the batplane and the fight scenes which clearly highlight Zack Snyder’s touch. But on the other hand, I had a couple major issues with this trailer, first I’m still not sold on Lex Luthor at all, Jesse Eisenberg is a good actor but Luther was not the role for him. He comes off as an evil Richard Branson with a lot of money and no true friends with an inferior complex bent on putting two powerful people against each other for sheer amusement. He was more or less like a joker without makeup. I would have preferred Bryan Cranston in the role of Lex Luthor. Doomsday’s reveal was also a bit underwhelming for me, his design is not bad but neither is it spectacular as he just looks like a generic super monster, he looks like the close cousin of the trolls from the Lord of the Rings. We also get to see Wonder Woman again albeit without dialogue once more as I am still ambivalent about Gal Gadot’s acting chops.
Overall it was a decent trailer, not as exciting as the first one and with some minor gripes I still can’t get over until the movie is released like Lex Luthor and Wonder Woman. I still maintain an iota of optimism about the movie and would be first in line to see it opening week. What were your thoughts on the trailer? What did you like and what did you hate? Sound off in the comment section below and don’t forget to follow and subscribe for more entertaining news. Till next time. Szia.