Welcome to this week's installment of Trailer Reactions! We've got a handful to discuss below, and I'm giving my immediate reactions to some of the biggest trailers to hit the airwaves over the past week. Check it out below!
ALL EYEZ ON ME (Trailer)
• After the success of Straight Outta Compton, I think we all wanted a Tupac movie, right? It was just a matter of time until they threw one out to the world.
• That being said, I'm still a little bitter they couldn't pull Marcc Rose, who played the legendary rapper in a cameo scene in the aforementioned 2015 flick. He had the look and the vocals to nail it. Still, I'm sure Demetrius Shipp Jr. will do just fine.
• We're getting a lot of captions, like "The Untold Story." What part hasn't been told? If this movie doesn't end with them telling us he's still alive somewhere, I don't know what to expect.
• Looks like we'll be getting some flashbacks to add to the backstory. His step-dad was a revolutionary? I admit I don't know a ton about the man himself, so the "bio" portion of this biopic will at the very least be serviceable in my favor.
• There are a ton of "message" moments in this trailer. It's almost like they're trying to throw back to the "hood" movies of the early '90s. The problem: every time I hear one of the half-dozen they threw into the trailer, I just think about Keenen Ivory Wayans in Don't Be a Menace.
• As expected, we'll be getting a glimpse into Death Row Records, all the way down to a look at Suge Knight (played by Dominic L. Santana).
• Ultimately, this trailer doesn't offer a ton of optimism about the film overall. It looks like it'll be a par-for-the-course musical biopic, but this is one subject that I think deserves more than just your average fare. Here's hoping it'll work out.
All Eyez on Me will hit U.S. theaters on June 16, 2017.
I AM HEATH LEDGER (Trailer)
• Based off the home footage from this trailer, Heath Ledger clearly wanted to be a director. (ADD-ON: Well, it seems like that's what everybody is saying.)
• Heath really was a good-looking guy, wasn't he? Just wanted to get that on the Internet for posterity's sake.
• I honestly can't get a good read on this doc. The fact that Spike is making it is a little concerning, but they got it into the Tribeca Film Festival, so perhaps that's a plus?
• I worry that this might fall into a bit of a highlight reel rather than an in-depth look at the man. I'd like to get a little more flavor to his life, but I have a feeling it's just going to talk about the stuff we already know.
• Also, how has no one made this movie by this point? The man's been gone for nearly ten years, and for how big a deal he was, it feels like this movie should've been made a half-decade ago.
• The access looks pretty strong, but I worry that the talking heads might be the driving force. That can work at times, but it can also hinder.
I Am Heath Ledger will hit U.S. theaters on May 3, 2017.
3 GENERATIONS (Trailer)
• This movie was supposed to hit theaters a couple years ago but kept getting pushed. At the time, it was titled About Ray, but apparently they've changed it to the much less interesting 3 Generations. Are they pulling a play from 20th Century Women?
• It seems like the movie will play more as a comedy than I had originally expected. The early trailers made it seem as though it would be a somewhat heavy comedy, but this trailer definitely punches up the laughs.
• I'm still sold on the principal cast. They're definitely hyping our lead trio: Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts, and Susan Sarandon. They're leaning so heavily on the cast that I worry that the story itself might be suffering a tad.
• The more I watch this trailer, the more I think they completely reworked the movie and have now packaged it as a slightly-dramatic comedy rather than a somewhat-comedic drama. I wonder if they did reshoots on this thing.
• It also seems as though the family is more understanding and inclusive in this iteration of the trailer. Everybody seems to be onboard with the Fanning's character's transition whereas the past trailers haven't necessarily cemented that fact.
• We're definitely also getting a little more of the interplay between Watts and Sarandon. The film no longer seems to be simply Fanning-centric.
• I think I'm back onboard with this one, but I might have to wait to see if it starts getting some new reviews.
3 Generations will hit U.S. theaters on May 5, 2017.
THOR: RAGNAROK (Trailer)
• This is the first teaser trailer we're getting for the latest installment in the Thor franchise.
• Oh look, Thor seems to be in trouble. He's falling out of the sky and into a pit whilst wrapped in a number of chains. What ever will he do?
• Oh damn, this lady just straight up smashed Thor's hammer. Mjolnir or whatever the hell it's called.
• Also, Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" will always be welcomed in a trailer. I think the last time I heard it used as well was in the trailer for David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
• A few friends have mentioned this as well, but there's definitely a Guardians of the Galaxy vibe to the whole trailer. The music adds to it, but it seems like the comedic aspect is there as well.
• Chris Hemsworth is pretty damn underrated. Most people will know him as Thor, but let's not forget he was great in Rush, and he stole the show in last year's Ghostbusters. The Thor movies are some of the weaker ones to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Hemsworth has always been a light in the darkness.
• Hooray for a Jeff Goldblum sighting! Let's get him back in a ton of movies, please.
• Oh, and Loki is back. As a villain again? As good as Tom Hiddleston has been, can we get away from his character? He's been the one continuing villain - aside from Thanos - throughout these movies, so let us have someone else for once.
• Oh damn, it looks like Delilah has sliced Samson's hair. We'll see if Thor is just as strong with this streamlined cut.
• There's a lot of gladiator vibes in the final moments of this trailer. And the appearance of Hulk isn't necessarily a surprise, but it's still nice to see. The Mark Ruffalo Hulk was the best one we've gotten on the big screen.
• The "He's a friend from work" quip is a stupid, stupid line. It feels goofy and out of place. Instead, they should've had him say something like, "He's a friend of mine." The whole "from work" bit is hokey and not befitting of an alleged god. Just weird phrasing, I guess.
• All that being said, I'm moderately excited for this. I'll continue to put faith in Taika Waititi.
Thor: Ragnarok will hit U.S. theaters on November 3, 2017.