This is the beginning of a new weekly series of various top 7 lists in television and film. The best movie trailers of July are counted down this week with the criteria being the video had to be an official trailer (not teaser), featurette, or behind the scenes look. This means that unofficial, leaked trailers (Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse) are not eligible this month.
- The Good Dinosaur
It will be hard to top Inside Out, but Pixar’s first trailer for The Good Dinosaur looks promising. It tells the story of a dinosaur that goes on an adventure when he comes into contact with a small child. The animation appears to be some of the studios best, while the characters look somewhat one-dimensional. The potentially glaring problem with this film would be the lack of dialogue, thus creating a silent movie feel. Although, the trailer’s music and on screen phrases give it a heartwarming sensation, which is the reason it is number seven on the countdown.
- The Revenant
In his first movie since The Wolf of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a frontiersman who is left for dead by his group, leaving him no choice but to seek revenge. The trailer shows how gritty and brutal this film will be, almost having a war-film sense to it. Tom Hardy and DiCaprio reunite on screen for the first time since 2010’s Inception and this looks to be another great film for the duo. The Revenant may have some flaws, including a potentially thin and somewhat boring plot as revealed in the trailer; however, it is a must watch film when Leo is involved.
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
I will start out by saying I have not read the Hunger Games books, so I am completely clueless on what happens in this film. With that said, I felt a little underwhelmed by this trailer, which is why it comes in at number five. The trailer definitely showed a lot of footage, which worries me. Mockingjay Part 2 looks to be way more action packed than its predecessor, while still holding onto the dark and gloomy feel of the franchise. Additionally, the visual effects look to be more advanced than any of the previous films in the series. Because of the stunning effects and wonderful dialogue from Jennifer Lawrence, this trailer excites audiences to flock to the theater to see Katniss Everdeen for the final time.
- Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
The DC Comic Con panel was one of the highest anticipated Hall H panels and Batman v. Superman didn’t disappoint. This trailer showed tons of new footage including appearances from Alfred (Jeremy Irons), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), and the true villain, Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg). The trailer explained further on why Batman and Superman are fighting each other, which was triggered by the destruction of the Wayne Tower by Superman. The anger that was shown on Bruce Wayne’s face set the tone for the entire trailer. This will definitely be a dark movie, possibly darker than Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Audiences have been waiting for this film for a long time and by the looks of the trailer Zack Snyder is going to deliver a masterpiece next year; however, it may be overshadowed by another DC movie (but we will get to that in a minute).
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Reel)
J.J. Abrams had not released any new footage since April at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim until Comic Con in July. Although this is not technically a trailer for the new film, this behind the scenes look does show new footage not seen before by audiences, which is why it is eligible for this list. In this footage reel, audiences get to see their first look at some of the gigantic sets, as well as the practical effects Lucasfilm prides itself on. Also, we get to see our first look at Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia and the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. Although this reel didn’t show a lot of new footage, it re-energizes the audience and gave them chills to see Harrison Ford take his seat in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon.
After the most successful James Bond movie ever, Skyfall, Daniel Craig has a lot of expectations with this year’s follow-up, Spectre. This full-length trailer gives us our first look at many new characters in the film franchise including Mr. Hinx (Dave Bautista), Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), Denbigh (Andrew Scott), and Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz). Spectre looks to go back to the old days of James Bond, much like what Skyfall accomplished. Mr. Hinx looks to be a classic henchman similar to others in the franchise (Oddjob and Jaws), while Bellucci and Seydoux look to be more prominent Bond girls in contrast to Skyfall’s Bérénice Marlohe who had little screen time. We also get our first look at Sherlock alum Andrew Scott in a brief but telling shot in which he looks very menacing. Christoph Waltz definitely makes the trailer remarkable as well finally get our first look at his character, Franz Oberhauser. While many (including myself) believe he is the notorious Ernst Blofeld, no one involved in the film will confirm (but we know). Besides the characters revealed, the trailer also shows incredible effects including a helicopter doing a barrel role (similar to The Man with the Golden Gun) and incredible wide-angle shots from various locations including a wonderful Day of the Dead sequence, which has audiences waiting on the edges of their seat for this film’s release.
- Suicide Squad
Without a doubt, Suicide Squad’s trailer drew the most buzz from Comic Con with its dark yet tranquil feel. This trailer perfectly meshes the terribly dark and complex characters with an almost angelic musical selection. The trailer opens with Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) practically telling the audience the plot of the film, being to take the world’s worst criminals and put them to good use. With the description of the plot finished, we get our first glance at all of the characters of Suicide Squad, with particular emphasis on Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) as well as Will Smith’s Deadshot. Harley’s personality is perfectly shown through her quirky voice and attire as well as the rather odd music associated with the trailer. While most of the trailer is extremely dark and evil there are parts that are pleasantly exciting, especially when the real Batman (Ben Affleck) is seen on top of The Joker’s car. The trailer is extremely entertaining throughout but reaches a new level of amazing when we hear The Joker (Jared Leto) laughing off screen. With his appearance and dialogue coming in the last moment of the trailer, audiences are shocked, terrified, and pleased all at the same time. Jared Leto is proving to be a more cynical, disturbed Joker than any of the actors that played The Joker before him. Following this trailer, you want to sprint to the theater and see the film right away, which is why it is the number one trailer of July.
Check back next week for the Luck7 TV Premieres to watch!