Trailer Reactions: Until Lightning Strikes

Welcome to a new week of Trailer Reactions! Check out my breakdown of the most recent trailers below!


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© Cohen Media Group

CHURCHILL (Trailer)
• Brian Cox playing Winston Churchill could prove to be interesting, but it could also falter pretty hard. The movie is coming out too early in the year for any serious awards consideration, though. 
• That opening scene is pretty harrowing: "The beaches always bring it back. I mustn't let it happen again." [NOTE: It also offers a bit of foreshadowing to the rest of the trailer.]
• It seems as though Churchill is attempting to stop the D-Day invasion despite its having been planned for some time. He's getting some opposition from everyone around him. 
• The bit where he contrasts himself with royalty is a nice touch. It serves as a reminder that he's one of the people more than the royal family would be. 
• Oh look, John Slattery. Ever since we've delved into Mad Men, I can't see him as anyone else but Roger Sterling. But let's see how he does as Eisenhower. 
• This certainly seems like a pro-England and anti-America film. They're setting it up to make Churchill look like more of a human individual than Eisenhower, and through that correlation, Britain more loyal to its soldiers than Americans. 
Churchill will hit U.S. theaters on June 2, 2017.

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© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

CARS 3 (Trailer)
• We've seen how well Pixar has done with animation in recent past, but this one looks like it'll be going the Good Dinosaur route: amazing backgrounds hampered by goofy-looking characters. It won't be as glaring as Dinosaur because it's an existing franchise, but it certainly does seem noticeable. 
• They're already talking about the end of Lightning McQueen. Let this please be the end of this saga. 
• But you can't tell Lightning McQueen what to do! He's allowed to make his own decisions or whatever. 
• At least we're getting back into Ornament Valley (that's what it's called, right?). The second movie with all its high-stakes espionage was certainly a step away from an okay storyline. 
• McQueen has to go against a new superfast car. Because of course. 
• This is looking like your typical underdog/redemption story. We can already taste the finish line for this one. 
• "It's not over until Lightning strikes." Shut up.
• Please, for the love of all things good, let McQueen lose at the end of this movie and surprise us all. It's not going to happen, obviously, but a guy can dream, right? 
Cars 3 will hit U.S. theaters on June 16, 2017.

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© Dimension Films & Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures

47 METERS DOWN (Trailer)
• It looks like a cross between The Shallows and Open Water. It's certainly going to bank off the success of the former. 
• Are we going to get a slew of shark-based movies now that The Shallows did decent returns at the box office? 
• They're just going to keep upping the ante. Now we have two characters and a billion sharks swimming around. 
• Uh oh. They're stuck... 47 METERS DOWN. I get it. 
• That being said, the sharks look much more realistic than the one from The Shallows last year. And yes, I will continue to reference that movie as much as I can because these two are related no matter how you look at it. 
• I thought great whites were mostly rogue hunters? I suppose they can congregate in moments of frenzy, but there seem to be a ton of them swimming around, and I feel like that's over-the-top for the sake of being over-the-top. 
• WAIT. They're promotional hashtag for the movie is #Sharkbait. This is the most appropriate time to use the phrase, "I can't even."
47 Meters Down hits U.S. theaters on June 16, 2017.

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© A24

IT COMES AT NIGHT (Trailer)
• We're staring out with some strong imagery here. Joel Edgerton is angry and wants some answers!
• We're finally getting more of a glimpse into the story. The teaser was good enough to whet the appetite, but we're now getting a better look into what this movie might actually offer. 
• It seems like Edgerton has a family deep in the woods and is cut off from society. Then he allows another family to come stay with them. 
• He's certainly hyper-protective and borderline paranoid. 
• "We never got out at night," he says. That's because it comes at night. But what is "It?"
• Oh snap, the door was already open when he got there. There's certainly some trouble afoot. 
• The "I think they're sick" line makes me think there's some sort of disease spreading around the outside world. 
• Whoa, she's just gonna straight up spit up blood on his face while they're making out? Rude. 
• "Fear turns men into monsters." Are the men going to fashion into the monsters themselves through their paranoia? This would fall in line with Trey Edward Shults's style of filmmaking. Expect this to be a slow burn like his debut feature, Krisha
It Comes at Night hits U.S. theaters on June 9, 2017.

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© Moonwatcher Inc. & Sparta Entertainment

5-25-77 (Trailer)
• It's another comedy based off Star Wars? But we already have Fanboys.
• Hold on, John Francis Daley looks REALLY young in this. [ANSWER: This film was mostly shot in the mid-2000s; it's just now getting distribution.]
• 2001 made him want to become a filmmaker. I can dig it. 
• Apparently he's just going to steal everybody's stuff to make his little home movies. I can get on board with that too, I guess? 
• Wait, the producers of Star Wars and American Graffiti helped make this one? [ANSWER: Yes, Gary Kurtz.]
• Is this autobiographical? It looks like it's the story about an early Star Wars superfan, but I can't tell if it's something original or actually based off a true story. 
• Despite it looking over-the-top and ridiculous, I'm always in for a movie that delves into film history and film geekery. 
5-25-77 hits U.S. theaters on May 25, 2017.