Trailer Reactions: More Than Just Star Wars

Welcome to this week's edition of Trailer Reactions! I've got some pretty big trailers to break down this week, so skip below to check 'em out!


© TriStar Pictures

© TriStar Pictures

BABY DRIVER (Trailer)
• This new trailer is offering more of the same: we're getting a short look at the storyline, and it's offering a music-filled, action-packed adrenaline rush to tease the excitement. 
• The soundtrack for this thing is gonna be incredible. The movie's already premiered at film festivals (SXSW, I think), so the song list is probably accessible, but I'm going to stay in the dark as long as I possibly can. 
• It's definitely a short trailer - teaser length - but you're still getting a good sense of the storyline once again. 
• Jamie Foxx lays it all out in the midst of the trailer: this story is about money, sex, and action. That should be exactly what we're getting out of Baby Driver
• Hold up. Is Jon Hamm going to turn and end up being a villain in this thing? We've already established that Kevin Spacey's gonna be a bit of a seedy guy, but now Hamm may be turning as well. Color me intrigued. 
• We're definitely getting more glimpses of that Edgar Wright style of comedy. The moment where Baby has to skip back to the start of the song before continuing his getaway plays very well in the trailer. 
Baby Driver will hit U.S. theaters on June 28, 2017.

© Paramount Pictures

© Paramount Pictures

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT (Trailer)
• We've gotten some of this imagery in previous trailer, but apparently the Transformers have been around on Earth since medieval times? I know there's some old history with all of them from previous films, but honestly, I can't remember any of this crap. 
• Hold up. Optimus is now a bad guy? Alright, I'll buy in for the moment. 
• How does Anthony Hopkins keep finding himself in these movies? Remember when he was good?
• Oh good, Marky Mark is coming back [read: sarcasm]. When will the Wahlberg fatigue set in with the rest of the country? 
• Optimus Prime has apparently destroyed his own home and now wants to convert Earth into a new home for his own kind. Sounds like a lot of other movies I've seen. 
• This girl (Isabela Moner) is gonna be a breakout star, and it's just too bad that this newfound success will have to stem from a Transformers movie. (NOTE: Apparently she's already been signed onto the Sicario sequel, Soldado. Also, there's a sequel to Sicario??)
• No Optimus means no leaders, which means chaos. Which means we're just gonna get a ton of huge CGI-laden battle sequences. This is popcorn fare at its "finest."
• We're definitely delving into a darker side of the story. When Optimus is dropping lines like, "For my world to live, yours must die," you know it's about to go down. 
• Despite everything I've just said, I'm strangely hyped about this movie. They just cut these trailers so damn well that it hides how bad the acting and storyline will probably end up being. 
Transformers: The Last Knight will hit U.S. theaters on June 23, 2017.

© Annapurna Pictures

© Annapurna Pictures

Detroit (Trailer)
• I've been waiting for this movie for like a year. The first I heard of it was that it was a John Boyega-Kathryn Bigelow collaboration, and honestly, I was on board with just that little bit. That's an A+ combination. 
• We're delving into the Detroit riots of the late '60s. It's got that gritty visual style that Bigelow has honed and perfected over her last few films. It'll also be interesting to see her get out of the Middle East storylines she's been portraying in her past few films (i.e., The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty). 
• I knew about John Boyega, but I did not know about Jason Mitchell and Will Poulter. I know that Mitchell can get there dramatically, but this is a very different Poulter than we've seen before. I am excited. 
• Normally the August release would be concerning, but I have complete faith in Bigelow's ability to craft a tense and thrilling storyline. This thing will definitely be getting some awards consideration despite the early release, and that wouldn't be a first for Bigelow. The Hurt Locker came out in June, for example; that thing won Best Picture.
Detroit will hit U.S. theaters on August 4, 2017.

© FilmNation Entertainment & Roadside Attractions

© FilmNation Entertainment & Roadside Attractions

BEATRIZ AT DINNER (Trailer)
• Oh look, a Sundance Festival selection. Maybe it'll be good?
• It's good to see Salma Hayek back. I feel like I haven't seen her around in way too long. 
• John Lithgow is so good at playing an asshole. 
• This is the "first great film of the Trump era." They're setting themselves up for polarizing reviews with hype like that. 
• I can see how this will be played as a dark comedy, but I feel like it's definitely going to trigger a lot of emotions in people. This may hit too close to home for some to be considered funny. 
• This is going to be the movie of things a lot of us want to say but are too afraid to say out loud. 
• If it works, it's going to be amazing, but I just worry that it's going to come off as too polarizing to get a legitimate release schedule. 
Beatriz at Dinner will hit U.S. theaters on June 9, 2017.

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (Trailer)
• Rey is definitely freaking out about something. She's also certainly still on that same island we left her on at the end of The Force Awakens
• Honestly, her reaction in that first moment was my exact reaction to seeing Luke at the end of the last movie. 
• Luke's saying all the stuff that Yoda and Obi-Wan said to him back in the day; I guess it works as solid parallels. I just always worry about the battle between nostalgia and ripoff. 
• The cinematography is gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. 
• Was that a shot of Leia in front of the map? The tears are definitely gonna flow during this one. 
• Smashed Kylo Ren Mask? (NOTE: Some people are saying its a smashed Vader mask. I can't see that, but maybe I'm an idiot.)
• They're talking a lot about the balance between the light and dark side. Will the theme be the struggle between the two?
• Rey is using that lightsaber like a champ though. 
• I'm sorry, but I totally thought, "Now this is podracing" when all those speeders flew across the desert. I'M SORRY. 
• Finn is still in hypersleep. Ridley will probably wake him up soon to take on the Xenomorphs in Alien: Covenant
• Can Poe Dameron hold onto one damn X-wing without letting it get destroyed? The collateral damage surrounding this guy is atrocious. 
• Ah yes, the obligatory Millennium Falcon shot. Because why not. 
• Glad we're seeing a glimpse of Kylo again. As goofy as Adam Driver is, I think he's still going to play out to be a solid villain. 
• I'm seriously hoping we get more of Captain Phasma. She was brutally underused in The Force Awakens
• Holy shit, a legitimate space battle dogfight. If I wasn't already in, I am now. 
• "It's time for the Jedi to end." Say what?
• This is definitely going to be a step in a darker direction. If they're continuing to follow the constructs of the original trilogy, this will be the Empire of the batch. Which means that Colin Trevorrow's Episode IX will have cuddly dinosaur aliens used solely for merchandising. 
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will hit U.S. theaters on December 15, 2017.