Mad Max: Fury Road
First impression: This looks like a trailer for a post-apocalyptic ripoff of the Fast and Furious franchise. But it makes sense: that franchise is big in the States and across the globe, due to its overly visual nature.
Honestly, there’s so little to gauge here, so here are some thoughts I have that are only indirectly related to the trailer itself.
If Fury Road hits big, and I imagine it will, this could put some fuel in Tom Hardy’s eventual Oscar campaign for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant. I’m most excited to see Charlize Theron in Action Mode once again, and I’m curious about Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. She seemingly impressed few in her film debut. Of course, her cinematic debut is Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), so people rushed in with a bucket of rotten tomatoes, really.
From what I can recall, she did just fine in a rather nothing part. And as her modeling experience suggests, the camera loves her. Also, her turn looks different from what you’d expect – not the glam she brought in Dark of the Moon but certainly not the de-glammed code for “I. Am. ACTING!” either.
George Miller directs Mad Max: Fury Road, which hits theaters in the United States on May 15 after it plays out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival on May 14.
This Josh Trank-helmed reboot just seems… well, let me put it this way: Remember the last franchise revamp that made us all think, “Isn’t it too soon?” Exactly.
It just feels unnecessary, and this trailer does nothing to change my mind. Besides, Marvel’s primary franchise shows no signs of slowing down *sighs*, and DC seems to be getting its ducks in a row. Speaking of which…
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Bits of dialogue – from Holly Hunter (!!!) and others – about how Superman is an impending threat with most literally and figuratively bleak imagery. The visual component, of course, comes as no surprise, considering director Zack Snyder’s track record. Only “False God” pops due to the contrast between the bland darkness that foregrounds the bright red text. The rest of this trailer could use a color palette.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in the States on March 25, 2016.