With a cast as superb as this there is cause for excitement, however from the footage already released there is also cause for apprehensiveness. I want this to be good, I want this to be a proper homegrown British comedy that leaves me smiling from ear to ear, however with the screenwriter of Mr Bean’s Holiday and Johnny English Reborn at the helm I dare say the ship is already sinking before it’s even cast off. The trailer was chuckle worthy but nothing more, leading me to believe this could either be a surprise knockout or an absolute misfire.
Spawning from the original category of Blunt Reviews, this is where upcoming films are addressed. Predictions will be made based on footage and trailers shown prior to their cinematic release. As always I am limited to 100 words, ensuring that judgement is kept concise and harsh.
Blunt Predictions Presents: Star Trek Beyond (Trailer #1)
The recent Star Trek films have been brilliant but this looks like a complete misfire. All this trailer shows is loud action packed nonsense, removing any trace of intelligent science fiction. There not only appears to be a basic lack of taste, but a complete lack of humour, which is cause for concern considering how fantastic the previous screenplays were. What’s interesting is the studio doesn’t have faith in the new director, Justin Lin, so they have to name drop J.J. Abrams first to give us hope. Personally, I think this will be both a disappointment and a huge mistake.
Blunt Predictions Presents: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Teaser Trailer)
While I’m glad to see an actor as talented as Eddie Redmayne stepping into J.K. Rowling’s universe, I still have concerns. Obviously not much can be said of the plot at present, but from this footage I’m mainly worried about the level of cheese we’re going to have smeared in our faces. What was brilliant about the Harry Potter films was that they matured over time and became darker, however this appears to be heading back to more lighthearted and (forgive me for saying this) childish territory. I want this to be fun but without crossing the line into stupidity.
Blunt Predictions Presents: The Big Short (Trailer #2)
This already looks like the typical screenplay heavy Oscar bait, with multiple big named actors all competing to be the best on screen. However, that doesn’t mean it won’t be good. If Adam McKay can mature a little and take the story of this film seriously then this could be one of the most interesting this year has to offer. Already it looks like another attempt from Steve Carell to be seen as a serious actor, and the rest of cast don’t appear to be providing any groundbreaking performances. If it’s good then great, if it sucks, who cares? Next.
Blunt Predictions Presents: Ride Along 2 (Trailer #3)
Not that it needs saying, but this looks awful. It’s a bad sign when the trailer for a comedy doesn’t make you laugh. What’s annoying is that it’s obvious mainstream audiences will flock to see this, it’ll take millions at the Box Office, and before you know it in two years I’ll be writing my prediction for Ride Along 3. I know I should be open minded when approaching new films, but after watching the two and a half minutes of footage from the trailer, I would honestly rather make love to a cactus than see this film in its entirety.
Blunt Predictions Presents: X-Men: Apocalypse (Official Trailer)
At the moment the plot remains mostly a mystery, however based on this footage it is looking promising. It’s good to still see Bryan Singer’s name in the credits because at least the franchise is in good hands, and after the last installment it’s clear he’s moving it in the right direction. They’ve picked an interesting villain so presumably it’s going to be a rather large scale, however I’m worried there will too many set pieces and not enough substance. I’m also concerned about some casting choices and the level of cheesiness present, but overall it looks ambitious and fun.
Blunt Predictions Presents: The 5th Wave (Trailer #1)
I don’t think it’s a good sign that I laughed during this trailer. It looks like the typical end of the world formula that Hollywood has been regurgitating for years, but this time with the addition of a not so star studded cast. There was nothing that grabbed my attention or sparked my interest, so it already seems both pointless and boring. I looked on IMDB, the film is 112 minutes long and yet I was bored by 2 minutes of footage in the trailer. I’m guessing that in a year this film will feature in supermarkets at the reduced price of £3.
Blunt Predictions Presents: Hail, Caesar! (Trailer #1)
I can’t adequately express how excited I am for this film. I love the Coen Brothers, I love their sense of humour and their style, so I’m hoping this brings them back on top form. They’ve picked an interesting time period, focused it on Hollywood and added a mystery story, what’s not to like? The cast is superb, if you exclude Channing Tatum, but even then I think the Coens could get something good out of him. I have concerns it could just be a throwaway like Burn After Reading, but I’m pretty sure I will enjoy it either way.
Blunt Predictions Presents: Joy (Trailer #2)
In terms of narrative I admit this looks interesting, however when you note the time of year and names credited it becomes apparent that this is essentially Oscar bait. When David O. Russell writes and directs a film starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper, it obviously won’t be a hit with mainstream audiences, but it will please the Academy, much like American Hustle. Although Jennifer Lawrence does look as though she is giving a brilliant performance, I fear this film is just another opportunity for the Academy to crawl up her arse, without offering anything new.
Blunt Predictions Presents: The Hateful Eight (Trailer #2)
If Tarantino respects the Western genre then this could, and more importantly should, be a fantastic film. It appears to have the verbiage expected from a typical Tarantino screenplay, but if it’s anything like Django Unchained then we’re in for a good show. It’s clearly very character driven, however I’m hoping for more plot and substance. I want this to be as cleverly written as Reservoir Dogs, but ultimately I’m prepared for disappointment. What I want above all is a strong female character. Not much is seen of her in this trailer which makes me think Tarantino is hiding something.