Movie Trailer Highlights — June 2017

I was looking through all the trailers that I’ve watched recently and noticed that many of the ones I was looking forward to were from great directors, so I thought I’d put together a set around that theme.

Steven Soderbergh — It’s been a while since I’ve been really excited for an upcoming Soderbergh film and this one definitely fits the bill. The cast is long list of A-list actors with Daniel Craig taking the cake with his bleach blonde, red neck, convict, Joe Bang. It puts all of these incredible actors into roles that are the exact opposite of what we stereotypically see them in. Looks like a lot of fun.

Edgar Wright — This director maybe a bit less familiar to most, but he’s the guy who came on to the scene with “Shaun of the Dead” and followed that up with the hilarious “Hot Fuzz”. It was unfortunate that he was kicked off of “Ant Man”, but “Baby Driver” is looking good with a heart-thumping energy to it. Music seems to play a key role both with the title character, but also with the rhythm of the film both in how it helps drive the action and how it accentuates the dynamics between the characters. Hopefully this is something that not just in the trailer, but remains in the full length film. This is another great cast with Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx with lesser known but still familiar actors Ansel Elgort (“The Fault in our Stars”), Lily James (“Downton Abbey”), and Jon Bernthal (“Daredevil”, “The Punisher”).

Kathryn Bigelow — Ever since “The Hurt Locker”, Bigelow has been on a roll and this film looks like it will continue that winning streak. She is definitely one of the best directors out there and has an uncanny knack for taking events from recent history and making them feel raw and uncomfortably close, but still keeping you riveted and engaged through out the entire film. John Boyega is also looking very strong.

Luc Besson — Given this is a series on directors with upcoming films, I thought I’d include “Valerian”. I’m a huge fan of Luc Besson and this looks visually stunning, but I fear that it will be a disappointment and the story will not hold up. I’ll still go see it, like I did “Batman v. Superman”, but I’m guessing I’ll feel the same way afterwards.