How to Train Your Dragon 2 Trailer #2

Official Synopsis: It’s been five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.

The more I see of this movie, the more excited I get.  How to Train Your Dragon 2‘s other full trailer focuses on Hiccup’s relationship with Toothless and the dragons that occupy Burk.  This one shifts the focus to his mother and her dragons.  You can never go wrong with dragons, so it will be cool to see the original varieties along side those introduced in the sequel, especially the large ice dragon.  Like I mentioned about the other trailer, as far as the humor is concerned, so far so good – “I’ll bloody my face with his fist if he tries to take my dragon.” Drago is still not seen very much, which is good because it keeps the mystery around him.  And come on, Hiccup has a fire sword!  This summer has plenty of movies I can’t wait to see and How to Train Your Dragon 2 is at the top of my list.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 hits theaters June 13, 2014.  Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill, America Ferrera, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse all reprise their roles from How to Train Your Dragon, along with Djimon Hounsou, as Drago, and Cate Blanchett, as Valka.HowToTrainYourDragon2_group

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past Trailer #2

Official Synopsis: The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.

I must say I am very, very excited for Days of Future Past.  The great cast alone is worth the ticket price.  Plus Bryan Singer.  Yes please!  This trailer is good because it doesn’t give much of the story away, that was left for the  so instead it focuses a lot on the action and powers.  Oh man, the powers.  So many of the characters’ powers are shown, including newbies like Sunspot.  Even established characters like Mystique and Magneto are doing some cool stuff with their abilities.  One thing lacking from the first trailer were the sentinels.  I’m happy to see the are shown more prominently this time around.  The only thing that isn’t here is a clear close-up of them.  There are several full body shots but they are moving quick and mostly dark.  Although it is probably a good thing they are saving the big reveal for the movie itself.  Speaking of saving reveals for the movie, I was really hoping to see some footage of Quicksilver, especially since the character was recently seen on a cover of Empire Magazine.

Also, Patrick Stewart should do more voice overs.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is directed by Bryan Singer and hits theaters May 23, 2014.  Returning from the X-Men Trilogy are Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, and Daniel Cudmore. Most of the core cast from X-Men: First Class is returning, including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, and Lucas Till.  New to the series is Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask, Booboo Stewart as Warpath, Omar Sy as Bishop, Bingbing Fan as Blink, Adan Canto as Sunspot, and Josh Melman as a young(er) William Stryker.

Maleficent Trailer #3

Synopsis: Maleficent explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

More of the special effects are seen this time around than in the first and second trailers.  I must say I am pretty impressed with the visuals.  Maleficent’s green fire, the forest creatures, and  her wings (one of the most prominent points of the trailer) all look great.  But the coolest thing seen in this trailer is Maleficent’s dragon form, seen briefly towards the end.  It looks bad-ass.  I still have some reservations, mostly about the story and the effect it will have on the character of Maleficent, but for the most part I am pretty excited to see Maleficent, especially with Angelina Jolie as the title character.

Disney’s Maleficent hits theaters May 30, 2014.  Directed by Robert Stromberg, it stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Brenton Thwaites, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Hannah New, Sam Riley, Lesley Manville, and Kenneth Cranham.

Maleficent Qings poster

Transformers: Age of Extinction Teaser Trailer

Official Synopsis: Earth is scarred by the events of the past three movies, but is moving on after all the giant robots disappeared. Cade Yeager, an inventor, discovers a buried Transformer which sets the stage for the return of the rest of the Transformers.

It seems a lot has changed since the end of Transformers: Dark of the Moon.  Right in the beginning there was a billboard urging people to report “alien activity” and a voice over from Stanley Tucci telling the Autobots (I’m assuming), that they aren’t needed anymore.  This will make an interesting dynamic for sure, especially when the Decepticons return.  It won’t be the same without Megatron.  They could bring him back as Galvatron, which happened in the cartoon.  I am not sure who the bad robot leading the the charge is.  Maybe that is Galvatron…  It’s going to be hard to top the stakes of the last film, but it looks like it is going to try.

I know many die-hard Transformers fans cried foul when Optimus Prime was a cab-over semi-truck rather than a flat face like the 1980s cartoon.  This time Bay is paying homage to his original look.  It looks like Optimus starts the movie in the original look and later goes back to a similar design to the other movies.

This is only a teaser (a long one, but apparently that’s what it is), but it gives a pretty good look at Mark Wahlberg and Nicola Peltz as Cade Yeager and his daughter Tessa.  Titus Welliver and Stanley Tucci also get quite a bit of trailer time.  The other lead, Jack Reynor isn’t seen and neither is Kelsey Grammer, who has been cast as the antagonist.  If this is a “teaser” maybe they will show up in the next trailer.

Transformers: Age of Extinction hits theaters June 27, 2014.  With director Michael Bay returning, it stars Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Titus Welliver, Bingbing Li, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Abigail Klein, TJ Miller, Jack Reynor, and Peter Cullen.

Transformers: Age of Extinction poster

In The Blood Trailer

Synopsis: Gina Carano stars as Ava, a trained fighter with a dark past. When her new husband (Cam Gigandet) vanishes during their Caribbean honeymoon, Ava uncovers a violent underworld of conspiracy in the middle of an island paradise. Armed with a deadly set of skills, Ava sets out to discover the truth — and to take down the men she thinks are responsible for his abduction, one by one.

At first I felt indifferent about In the Blood during this trailer but as it went on and I saw several actors I liked were in it, I was like “Maybe I’ll give it a chance.” I am a fan of Luis Guzman, Danny Trejo, and Stephen Lang, the latter two don’t make their appearances until the second half of the trailer. Gina Carano did well in Fast 6 (I forgot she was in that until I looked up her filmography). So now I think I actually want to see it.

It feels a lot like Taken, maybe mixed with some Columbiana.  My biggest fear right now is that In the Blood will be pretty generic.  But with the cast, I am willing to give it a chance.

In the Blood will be in theaters April 4, 2014, starring Gina Carano, Cam Gigandet, Luis Guzmán, Amaury Nolasco, Ismael Cruz Cordoba, Treat Williams, Stephen Lang, and Danny Trejo and directed by John Stockwell.

In the Blood movie poster

Godzilla (2014) Trailer

Official Synopsis: An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

The marketing for Godzilla is an example of how to do trailers right.  It reminds me a lot of Cloverfield where we are only getting glimpses of the beast but never seeing the whole thing.  Other than his back in posters and the trailers and his face for a second or two at the end of this trailer, not much is seen of Godzilla.  So far much hasn’t been given away about the plot except for destruction and a sense of helplessness of the military against the Godzilla.

Bryan Cranston is a very versatile actor, so I’m excited to see him on screen.  I didn’t realize Ken Watanabe was in this film so my excitement level went up a few points when I saw/heard him in the trailer.  Not much is seen yet of Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson except for a few brief shots.  If there is a second trailer hopefully they will be more prevalent then.

I know Godzilla is supposed to be tall, but if the poster below is accurate, I think he may be too tall.  As much flack as the 1998 Godzilla receives, I do think the size of Godzilla was a good fit.  But I guess on the flip side, by having him be really, really big it will just make his defeat that much more gratifying.  We’ll see what happens I guess.

Godzilla hits theaters May 16, 2014.  Directed by Gareth Edwards, it stars Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Victor Rasuk.

Godzilla (2014) movie poster