Welcome to another week of Trailer Reactions! Breaking down some smaller movies on this week's list, but I think we've got some good ones coming down the pike. Be sure to check out these trailers and take a look at my notes about each!
AMERICAN ASSASSIN (Trailer)
• The start of the trailer offers us a bit of a trippy flashback sequence that serves as a seeming interrogation as well as a bit of exposition.
• This guy (Dylan O'Brien) has clearly experienced some trauma. He was the victim of a terrorist attack, and the trailer heavily insinuates that his fiancée was killed as a result.
• He immediately decides to get his revenge and become his own personal assassin? That's going to be a weird logistical stretch for audiences if he's just some average joe who thinks he's going to march into a foreign country and take out the guys who did this.
• Well, he got pretty good at the knife-throwing thing. So maybe he's actually going to be legit [read: sarcasm].
• Yep, we're bolstering the idea that this is a revenge tale. I'm all for a good revenge flick, but so far, this thing seems completely absurd.
• Hang on. They want him to team up with someone who actually knows what he's doing. How did they even find this kid? Was he posting stuff on Facebook about how he's going to take on the terrorists by himself?
• Oh shit, it's Michael Keaton! I'm in.
• Even Michael Keaton doesn't think this kid is ready to go. When Batman/Birdman says it's not your time, it's not your time.
• This is kind of a B-level cast, aside from Keaton who I think can safely be considered part of the A-list crowd.
• The trailer doesn't do a ton to hype the movie, but maybe they're hoping to temper expectations. Right now, Keaton's inclusion would be the only selling point for me.
American Assassin will hit U.S. theaters on September 15, 2017.
THE HERO (Trailer)
• Sam Elliott has an absolutely perfect voice. Like, absolutely perfect.
• Looks like another story of a big-shot actor trying to find relevancy in his aging life.
• Oh, and throw in a "rekindle relationship with the kids" subplot, and you've got all the makings of a Lifetime movie.
• It's directed by Brett Haley, who also helmed the critically-acclaimed I'll See You in My Dreams. Can he pull off another hit?
• The woman in the trailer loves his mustache, but don't we all love his mustache? Seriously.
• His character will be receiving some sort of lifetime achievement award. This movie feels like a swan song.
• Are we going to get a lot of these movies in the wake of the Birdman success? Obviously this is a very different movie, but the basic idea remains the same.
• Sam Elliott has never been one of those guys that has given much desire to go back and check out his full filmography, but he's certainly an actor who has entered the cultural lexicon as a result of that golden-chocolate voice.
• This movie could easily be a hidden gem, and I'm glad I stumbled across this trailer.
The Hero will hit U.S. theaters on June 9, 2017.
THE BEGUILED (Trailer)
• It looks like we're getting a Civil War-era drama. The setting looks like an old-style plantation house.
• There's a strange, smoky atmosphere to the first few shots. Already trying to give us a sense of foreboding?
• Hang on, was that Colin Farrell? [Note: Yes.]
• Oh no, directed by Sofia Coppola. I feel like she's been very hit-and-miss with her directorial efforts. She had the hit with Lost in Translation, but everything else seems to have fallen by the wayside.
• The inclusion of Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst immediately shoots this higher on my to-see list. Kidman is always great, and Dunst is completely underrated.
• Despite that, this looks like you're standard romantic drama. I'm already starting to get a little bored with it.
• Wait, what's going on? They're poisoning him?
• This trailer just took a massive shift in tone. Blood spatters on Kidman's dress and the line, "Bring me the anatomy book?" Gore-hounds, this might be up your alley.
• Is this movie supposed to be a horror/thriller? The second half of the trailer certainly plays as though it will be. [Answer: The IMDb page lists it as a "drama" and "western," so who knows at this point.]
• That final shot is enough to sell me on seeing the movie, if only to find out just what they did to Colin Farrell's character. That's the way to get asses in the seats.
The Beguiled will hit U.S. theaters on June 23, 2017.
• Yet another drone warfare movie. After 2014's Good Kill and last year's Eye in the Sky, I had a feeling we'd start to see more of these. At least those two had more inventive titles.
• We see that Sean Bean is a drone pilot, and he's clearly out there running missions and stuff. Then we cut to his home life - an interesting dynamic I've discussed when talking about the aforementioned Good Kill - and some guy is there looking to buy a boat. What kind of story is this?
• Oh wait. There's the drama to the story. Another revenge flick. It seems like this guy lost his family in a drone strike, and he's figured out that Sean Bean was behind the controls.
• Sean Bean is totally gonna die in this movie. Because that's what Sean Bean does.
• Is this guy just here to expose him to his family? Or is he actually here to kill him?
• This movie is definitely going to get into the criticisms surrounding drone warfare and delve into the ethics surrounding it.
• The use of "Amazing Grace" throughout the trailer works pretty well. It's a good trailer, but I don't know if it's going to be a good movie.
• Still, that trapping the fly in the glass moment at the end of the trailer offers a pretty cool bit of imagery.
Drone will hit U.S. theaters on May 26, 2017.
KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE (Trailer)
• We're getting a flashback to the first movie in the hopes of setting the stage for this one. I don't know if it was necessary, but it's a nice transitional touch to the teaser.
• Looks like Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Roxy (Sophie Cookson) are full-fledged members of the Kingsman now. Good for them.
• Wait, an underwater car? I like that these movies are trying to emulate the James Bond franchise, but I want them to keep the edginess the first one gave us without completely jumping the shark and just giving us another standard Bond flick. I don't think that's happening here, but I worry.
• Someone blew up the Kingsman mansion! They can't be done already, right?
• Oh, Sinatra! I like the music choice.
• Eggsy looking over the ruins is a nice image. And Merlin (Mark Strong) is back!
• Looks like we're getting into the U.S. stuff relatively quickly. Maybe the Kingsmen were pushed out of England and had to resort to the help of their American brethren?
• We're still going to get that frenetic action the first movie gave us. They're gonna have a hell of a time trying to best that "Freebird" scene, though.
• We're getting our first official look at the "Statesmen," the American counterpart to the Kingsmen. This group includes Channing Tatum. So, as one can imagine, I'm in.
• Why does this guy have one arm? Is this supposed to be similar to the girl with the blade legs from the first one?
• And apparently someone is going to be Indiana Jones with that whip. What is going on?
• This is a scary-strong cast. All the returning characters and the aforementioned Tatum will be joined by Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, and a bunch of other big names I won't spoil here.
• WAIT. Colin Firth is back, and alive?? He's gonna be the villain. You read it here first.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle will hit U.S. theaters on September 22, 2017.