The Following Preview… #90: Ready Player One, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, & Alita: Battle Angel

So, I’ve been busy over the last couple of days and a plethora of new trailers have popped up online for some of 2018’s biggest movies so, we’re gonna be quick on some of these trailer reviews so let’s get going starting with Ready Player One:

Damn, you thought the first trailer had a number of references in them, this one takes the cake, they have so many references packed into this one, not even just 80s references but pretty much all forms of pop culture like I was surprised modern day references like Mass Effect and Overwatch made it into this movie. I could honestly go on for a while talking about all the references that are in this one trailer but I’m trying to speed through these trailer reviews so let’s move forward.

Bottom line, I’m still fucking excited for this movie, I love the visual look of the movie, the scenes look exactly what I thought they would look like when I read the book, the casting is overall pretty solid, and it’s fucking Steven Spielberg, the man can rarely do no wrong in terms of directing movies. My interest is peaked and this is still my most anticipated movie of 2018 bar none.

Moving on to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom:

I’m one of the few people that actually liked Jurassic World, mostly because it wasn’t a shitty sequel like The Lost World or Jurassic Park III so, I was interested to see what they would do for this follow-up, especially since they’ve got a new director in J.A. Bayona, who also did great stuff like A Monster Calls and The Orphanage.

This….just looks insane, it looks ridiculously stupid, it looks like they said let’s throw everything including the kitchen sink and I loved every single moment of it. I love how they basically said, let’s just go nuts with it and to me, I’m in, man. As long as this doesn’t reach Transformers levels of annoyance and stupidity, I’m cool, bring it on.

There’s a good chance that this could end up being really bad or at the very least, not a great movie. As long as it’s fun like Jurassic World is, as long as it’s got something to it that I can at least appreciate it for, as long as it’s just good summer popcorn entertainment that’s not, again, on the level of Transformers, I’m good, I will gladly take it for what it is.

Not expecting to see a masterpiece with this one but I just want it to be fun, so far, my interest in this one is very, very high.

We then got a teaser for next Christmas’s upcoming Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, the animated Spider-Man movie being written by Phil Lord & Chris Miller and Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch, if that’s not enough to peak your interest I don’t know what is:

Now, you really don’t get a whole lot in terms of storywise but the animation and the visuals does a lot of the work for you in this.

I’ll be honest, when I watched this trailer for the first time, I watched it on my phone so I thought that the animation was a glitch within my phone making the video run slower than usual. When I got home and watched this on my computer for the first time, and then saw how that’s how the animation is suppose to look, I got a little concerned.

Up until I realized that this has the same animation style as the underrated The Little Prince and that the same director who did The Little Prince is also directing this movie, so it makes sense why the animation looks like it does here. And watching it again on my computer screen, I like the attention to detail in the animation from the movement of the character to the look of the city.

My interest in this one is definitely peaked and I can’t wait to see how this one turns out.

And finally, we got a trailer for the upcoming Alita: Battle Angel from Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron:

You know how one of Justice League’s biggest flaws was that you could tell that there were different directors’ visions in place throughout that just didn’t mesh together?

When I watched the trailer for this, I got that same feeling, I know that James Cameron didn’t direct this but he’s one of the producers and writers and Robert Rodriguez is directing it, I can see somewhat of both of their visionary directing styles coming together and so far, it doesn’t seem like it’s meshing as of right now.

Like with most people, my biggest concern is the character, Alita. Nothing wrong with the actress they got, Rosa Salazar, I’ve really liked her from Parenthood and Man Seeking Woman and the Maze Runner movies, but mostly in the design of the character. Specifically, in the eyes. And I know that in the manga, she’s got those same eyes:

At the same time, it’s going to be really hard to get accustomed to this character with these eyes in the setting they are establishing in this trailer. It’ll take a couple of months for them to fix the kinks and for me to get used to this character’s look going forward but it just seems off to me right now.

The cast overall is pretty solid, the visual look of the film is impressive and it’ll be very interesting to see what Robert Rodriguez can do with this big of a budget. I mean, if James Cameron picked you to direct this after what you did with the script, then you obviously did something right.

Interest is very much peaked but I’m proceeding with caution until I see more.

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