Trailer Tuesday: July 10th
Trailer Tuesday is a new column where one of Cinedork’s writers guides you through the ABCs of new trailers. We take a look at awesome, bizarre, and cringe-worthy upcoming movies and add some of our own insights. This week, Zach breaks down a movie co-written and starring the ever-charming Rashida Jones, another action movie starring the recently-turned-50-years-old Tom Cruise, and RZA’s attempt at directing kung fu.
Celeste and Jesse Forever (out August 3rd) – The Sundance hit, co-written by its star Rashida Jones, also stars a surprisingly restrained (and consequentially tolerable) Andy Samberg as Jones’ former husband who remains her best friend years after they’ve decided to separate. While this could easily be the set up to a much more conventional romantic comedy, the trailer seems to indicate a wide tonal range, and a willingness to explore the dramatic while not sacrificing the funny. In other words this may be a lot more Garden State than SuperBad, but with the loveable Rashida Jones at the center of it, and backed with indie-cred, Celeste and Jesse Forever looks perfect for summer love. Awesome.
Jack Reacher (out December 21st) – Tom Cruise stars in what looks like a more by-the-books version of last summer’s sleeper hit, Drive, in which characters speak very slowly in order to illustrate that they’re really. really. serious. Unfortunately, Cruise is about 10 years too old, and 5 inches too short to pull off this kind of tough guy. At a certain point in his career, his persona simply overtook his believability as an actor. Which is fine for when Cruise pops up in self-aware roles like his parts in Tropic Thunder and Rock of Ages, but beyond the Mission Impossible series, it may simply be time to move on past Tom Cruise: the action star. Even if he doesn’t want to. Cringe-Worthy.
The Man with the Iron Fists (out this year) – From the writers of Hostel and… “Enter the Wu-Tang?” No really. This movie is rapper, producer, and sometimes actor RZA’s directorial debut. Here, he’s playing the titular character, alongside Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, and Jamie Chung. It’s an ode to the kung-fu epics that RZA and the rest of the Wu-Tang Clan love so much, co-written by Eli Roth, and produced by Quentin Tarantino. The film will surely be ridiculous, as evidenced by slow motion streaks of blood trails spewing from slain warriors and RZA literally punching someone out. But it does seems to have a sense of humor about itself. Does it look particularly good? Let me answer that question with another question, do you, even for a second, buy Lucy Liu’s rhetoric stirring the masses? Bizarre.
What movies are YOU looking forward to? What trailers would YOU like to see reviewed on the next Trailer Tuesday? Leave a comment below and let the Cinedork staff know!