I’ve spent enough time lamenting the state of movie trailers in our day and age, those teasers they throw on in the theaters at the announced start time of the featured show in hopes of getting you to come back again and again and again.
Too long. Too many. Too revealing.
Well lookee here. Today I come to talk about the day of three in a row, back-to-back-to-back, belly-to-belly-to-belly of trailers that didn’t make me feel like the main show would never start, didn’t make me wince “Not another one!” and didn’t make me feel like I knew the whole tale.
The terrific trio of trailers trumpeted the coming of “Aloha,” “Love & Mercy” and “Paper Towns.” May, June and July releases. None of them conflict with another.
It’s going to be a good spring into summer.
Bradley Cooper’s follow-up to “American Sniper” also will put him in a military uniform.
But the snippets of this story, written by Cameron Crowe, appear to pull at different strings than that documentary. Here Cooper plays a troubled guy sent back to Hawaii because his old boss, played by an eccentric but kindly looking Bill Murray, wants to give him another shot at making right a wrong.
Rachel McAdams plays his hurt ex, and Emma Stone his earnest newbie. Alec Baldwin is a shouting higher-up and John Krasinski is a quiet suitor of McAdams. It all looks wonderfully weaved and, well, Hawaii-set.
Crowe, if you don’t get the name right off, by the way, wrote “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” (true book and movie screenplay), “Say Anything,” “Singles,” “Jerry McGuire,” “Almost Famous” and “We Bought a Zoo.” Royalty, to me.
The release date is May 29.
If you were alive during the 1960s, you heard the genius of Brian Wilson as it was crackling fresh. If you were alive in the 70s, 80s, 90s to now, you most likely still have a head full of Beach Boys music and the story of the struggles this Wilson brother went through during those many decades to keep making it and just go on living.
“Love & Mercy” is the story of Brian Wilson, and it takes two great actors to play him. Paul Dano does him young, and John Cusack does him old. The always marvelous Paul Giamatti, meanwhile, plays therapist Eugene Landy, who charges himself with 24-hour vigil over Wilson’s body and soul. Elizabeth Banks plays Melinda Ledbetter, the heart that Wilson longs for but Landy decides is off-limits.
It looks and sounds as deep and mysterious as Brian Wilson’s life story should look and sound.
The release date is June 5.
Last comes “Paper Town,” filled with actors portraying teens in a story aimed for teens from a novel directed toward teens. Yes, another in the line of this YA phenomena.
Which is pretty cool on the high-end, is it not?
And the direct link to this movie is “The Fault in Our Stars,” because it too comes from novelist John Green and screenwriter
The story line grabbed me, too. A teen always liked the girl next door, but she was too cool for him. But she dumps her boyfriend and asks him for help getting some revenge. After that triumphant trail of togetherness, she disappears. He and his other friends decided to go off looking.
Cara Delevingne, Nat Wolff and Halston Sage are bound to get bigger after this one, shades of Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort of “Fault.”
It opens on July 24.
Cool, all three.
Then I thought to look up what they’re competing against on their opening days, the biggest other openers I’ll be missing to choose each leg of this terrific three.
On May 29, “San Andreas” splits California off from the rest of our country. The trailers make it look harrowing and pretty darn compelling. I want to see it. On cable, I guess.
On June 5, “Entourage” ushers the Hollywood boys back into our lives. Yes, I’ve missed Vince and Eric and Ari and Turtle, dagnabbit.
On July 24, “Pixels” brings Pac Man to life. Sort of. With Adam Sandler teaching people lessons about gaming. Kind of. Also, “Trainwreck” allows Amy Schumer to take Judd Apatow’s comedy schtick to the distaff side.
Which of these movies do you want to see, and why? What other movies coming up this summer do you want to see, and why? Do you have a prediction for best movie of the summer, and why?