Trailer Tuesdays – Midnight Special

I have been excited for Midnight Special for some time now. The first trailer came out a while ago but we now have another one to enjoy:

There’s a host of reasons why this is a film to look forward to.

  • The director is Jeff Nichols. Nichols directed Take Shelter (2011) and Mud (2012), both excellent movies that are worth your time if you haven’t already seen them. He makes movies that infuse you with their mood and linger with you long after they’re finished.
  • The cast. You had me at Michael Shannon, but throw in Joel Edgerton and Adam Driver too and things really start to get interesting.
  • The mystery. The trailer gives us a peak into what the movie is about but, if Nichols’ previous films are anything to go by, you need to be prepared for the movie being about more than what you see on the surface. And it won’t be spelled out for you either, you’ll have to do some thinking.

In essence, the trailer shows us the story of a father and son on the run, as the son clearly has some special powers that his father can’t keep hidden any longer. The FBI is after them, but so are others, as their story becomes public knowledge. The premise is intriguing and it could be a refreshing perspective on what happens to someone with powers that humans cannot explain – who would want to get a hold of such a person, how can you make sense of the purpose of those powers? And if that someone was your child, what would you do?

Midnight Special is released in March, and I’ll be keeping fingers crossed that this lives up to expectations.

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Trailer Tuesdays – The Legend of Tarzan; The BFG

Trailer Tuesdays is a regular feature where I look at recent trailers to get an idea of what we can expect of movie releases in the future. Today, as it’s almost Christmas, I thought: “Why not two, instead of one?” – the same attitude I have towards mince pies, roast potatoes and glasses of mulled wine.

So we shall start off with The Legend of Tarzan; a sizeable blockbuster coming out in summer 2016.

There is a lot going on in this trailer, but very little of it is storyline. A quick Google search reveals that this movie takes place some time after Tarzan has moved to England with Jane. He goes back to the Congo on a trade mission but things don’t go as planned due to the interference of the film’s villain, a Belgian Captain played by Christoph Waltz.

Did you get any of that from the trailer? Yeah, me neither. Never mind, the trailer does look gorgeous, ditto Alexander Skarsgård as Tarzan.

The director is David Yates who is most famous for having directed several Harry Potter movies. I myself have little to no knowledge of the Harry Potter movies, so I don’t know what to expect from him. I am a bit concerned that Yates has another big movie on the cards for next year, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, as that’s a lot of work for any director.

My other main concern, as with anything Tarzan-related, is will they be able to avoid the blatant racism of the source material? I’m getting some Heart of Darkness vibes with the masses of ominous, faceless  “natives”  and I hope that’s just due to the trailer being so superficial.

One of the best books I read recently was King Leopold’s Ghost, which covers the atrocities of the Belgians in the Congo, and it would be truly amazing if Waltz character isn’t just some moustache-twirling movie villain, but a factually based representation of the numerous Belgian officials who managed to completely de-humanise a people.

If the movie is able to follow through on the stunning visuals, recognise the ludicrousness of its own roots and portray its African characters with depth and multitudes, I think this has the opportunity to be a rip-roaring ride.

Next up is the film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG:

If you don’t know the story then, firstly, shame on you. Secondly, it’s about a little girl living in an orphanage, who happens to see a giant one night and is then abducted by him to his homeland, Giant Country.

We’re big fans of The BFG in our household and have tackled some long road trips giggling along to the story’s “whizzpopping”, “snozzcumber” and “frobscottle” all the way, so this is one I’m already emotionally invested in.

The BFG is directed by Steven Spielberg and I believe I have seen a film or two by this young upstart before. Although I haven’t adored every single Spielberg film, you can’t deny the man’s experience and craft, so this movie already has a great foundation.

And from what we see in the trailer, I’m really excited. The short glimpses of the giant are breathtaking; I think it’s a real challenge to make a character like him come to life on screen. We’ll have to wait and see what he looks like in full. It’s only a teaser trailer, so there unfortunately isn’t much material to judge it on. However, knowing the special touch that Spielberg has with movies which focus on good old fashioned adventure and childhood wonder – I’m thinking more E.T. than Hook here – I’m rather optimistic.

That’s it for today! Let me know what trailers you’ve seen recently that have left you giddy or groaning.