We’re back again with another installment of the Weekly Trailer Recaps. This past week was a good one for trailers, as we have Fences starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, Doctor Strange starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and Flock of Dudes starring Chris D’Elia.
Let’s get it going.
This film is based on a play of the same name, written by August Wilson. The films stars Denzel Washington (who also directs) and Viola Davis (Doubt, The Help) as an African-American couple trying to make ends meet in 1950’s Pittsburgh. The film dives into the relationships the father, played by Denzel, has with his son and wife while attempting to make meaning of his own life.
I can’t help but get somewhat excited for this one, and wonder about its Oscar potential. The film seems primarily based around its lead actors, who seem to have full-range when showing their acting capabilities. From the trailer, you can tell there will be lots of tension between characters in this one, maybe on the same level as Whiplash a couple years ago.
Interest Level: 4/5
Release Date: December 25, 2016
It has been well documented that I do not particularly enjoy Marvel films. But, this one is different. This film (starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams and Tilda Swinton) looks like it want to go beyond the macho-man, exploding-cities, and the save-the-world narrative and step up the level a bit and focus on the power of the mind, rather than the power of the fist. This is what intrigues me about Doctor Strange, and the only reason I will see it.
It looks like it will follow the same story structure as the rest of any comic book film (regular man finds he has odd abilities -> he seeks to find the source of his abilities -> find the source -> encounters foe -> defeats foe -> saves world). And many people will compare it to Inception, which will be unfair, but totally their own fault with replicated “world-shaping” and “mind-bending” concepts that made Inception so unique and loved. Either way, I’m all in on this one. I’m just hoping it’s different enough from the other Marvel films, and doesn’t disappoint.
Interest Level: 4.5/5
Release Date: November 4. 2016
Flock of Dudes
Comedies have kind of been in a rut lately. I honestly cannot think of the last comedy I saw in theaters, or the last comedy I really enjoyed. But this one gives me a bit of hope. The film stars Chris D’Elia as a regular guy still living a college lifestyle. After a series of unfortunate events including getting evicted from his apartment and a recent breakup with his girlfriend, he decides to “break up” with his lifelong guy friends to stop his ridiculous lifestyle and try to change his life for the better.
If you pay attention to stand up comedy, you have definitely heard of Chris D’Elia. He is absolutely hilarious, as I have has the opportunity to see him live at the DC Improv this past summer and he did not disappoint.If you haven’t seen his stuff, just type his name into YouTube and you’re sure to have a good time. Most recently on the now-cancelled sitcom Undateable, he seems to be trying to make the transition into films. I’m hoping this one is good, because if it is he is sure to become a lot more famous than he was just a year ago.
Interest Level: 4/5
Release Date: September 30, 2016