Today is March 24th, and despite what the snow on the ground is telling us, Spring is, in fact, here! And there's a new batch of trailers that have me psyched: an IFC-produced comedy, and two big-budget movies in store for this summer. Super stars Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page as a super-hero duo. Fast Five, the newest Fast installment, looks like an action feast for the eyes. And Super 8 raises a few goose bumps as a promising collaboration between Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams. Super, Fast Five, Super 8! Yes, those are movie titles, and yes you should be excited! SUPER EXCITED! The great thing about a trailer is that it only has to show promise for two and a half-minutes to hook you, so set some time aside at your cubicle, and let's get to it:
Director: James Gunn
Cast: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Kevin Bacon
Release Date: 5/1
Super comes out in a few weeks. Although it's not a big budget affair, it is the newest slant on the superhero genre. Rainn Wilson plays a regular guy (what else is new?) who--with the help of his sidekick (Page)--turns into a costumed vigilante in order to win his wife (Liv Tyler) back from a coercive drug dealer (Kevin Bacon). I'm actually looking forward to Super. It's not "block busting," but rather "car hood poking," as Rainn Wilson shows in the trailer. I like a little quirk in my comedy for the pre-summer mix. Kevin Bacon looks promising. And Liv Tyler is only in there momentarily, so I could get into this.
Director: Justin Lin
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
Release Date: 5/29
With the success of The Fast and Furious, it comes as no surprise that studios are rushing out this next installment. I cannot see how this movie wouldn't make money. Awesome special effects (live-action, mind you), cool cars, an apparently mindless heist plot and of course Mr. Mark Sinclair Vincent aka Vin Diesel. He stepped away from the franchise for a while, tried to helm his own Riddick trilogy that tanked, and now he's back behind the wheel. Along with Paul Walker, and the Rock, Fast Five looks to be another breakaway hit for the summer.
Director: J.J. Abrams
Cast: Elle Fanning, Amanda Michalka, Kyle Chandler
Release Date: 6/10
So what if the trailer pinches a few drops from the classic Spielberg formula. The flashing car lights, the blank staring sheriff and all the other effects of some mysteriously catastrophic event on a quaint, little town. And so what if the film literally takes place in the seventies, mop tops and all, regaling viewers with Spielberg Americana. Super 8 won't be the first time the iconic auteur tries to recapture past glory (Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull anyone?). Nonetheless, I'm on board because it's J.J. Abrams, the mastermind behind the Star Trek reboot and arguably Spielberg's heir. I'll be there opening night, munching popcorn, ready for a few new surprises.