Trailer Excitement 11/5/2017: Cars 3, Wonder Woman, Blade Runner 2049

This is Trailer Excitement, a little stub about what trailers have piqued my interest and why you might want to take a look.

Cars 3

What is it?

Cars 3 is, predictably, the third instalment in the highly successful series of Pixar animated movies focusing on the adventures of sentient sportscar Lightning McQueen.ย Having spent the first movie being rescued from his own douchebag nature by the folk of Radiator Springs and the second taking part in an international race series (whilst uncovering a criminal mastermind), this third outing sees Lightning play the role of the seasoned professional fighting off competition from young upstart, Jackson Storm. It’s ironic (but not at all subtle) given that in the original, it was Lightning himself that was the young pretender.

Why is it cool?

The same reason it’s always been cool. The same reason Knight Rider was cool. Talking cars! Also it is very likely to keep the kids quiet for two whole hours while they stare at multicoloured cartoon vehicles smashing into each other.

When is it out?

Cars 3 is in UK cinemas on 14th July 2017

Family Friendly?

Absolutely. These films fall well within the category of ‘DVD worn so thin I had to buy it twice’.

 

Wonder Woman

What is it?

DC’s latest solo-character outing, featuring Gal Gadot as the titular warrior. Taking it’s starting run-up alongside a long line of critical flops, Wonder woman takes it’s place in the next phase of the rather wobbly Extended Universe (DCEU), DC’s rival to the well established Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Focusing primarily on the origin story of Wonder Woman aka Diana Prince, the movie seems to be hung around the pursuit of shadowy villain ‘The Poisoner’.

Why is it cool?

This could be yet another disappointment or it could be the solid foundation around which the rest of the DCEU can finally find some stability. DC movies have never been low on action but frequently trade humour and fan service for gritty realism.

When is it out?

Wonder Woman is in UK cinemas on June 2nd 2017

Family Friendly?

DC superhero movies can be a mixed bag, often being a little too violent for younger audiences. This one, however, is expecting a PG rating so all but the very young children should be fine.

 

Blade Runner 2049

What is it?

Blade Runner 2049 is the ‘omg long awaited’ sequel that many of us didn’t even know was on the radar until it was on top of us. Starring original replicant (or was he?) Harrison Ford, the movie appears to pick up the core themes and characters of the original (plus a huge cast of new faces) some time in the distant future.

Why is it cool?

My initial reaction was to recoil in disgust at the idea that you could even think to do a Blade Runner sequel but LOOK AT THAT TRAILER! Even just on visuals alone you have to get a bit excited at its gorgeousness. Not to mention having Jared Leto (who despite still needing to redeem himself after ruining the Joker, is still a very good actor) and Dave Bautista (seen most recently in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) along for the ride. This gives me the same first impressions that I got from Mad Max: Fury Road and that was a very worthy continuation of the series.

Original director Ridley Scott returns in an Executive Producer role but given how large that credit features in the trailer, it’s likely he’s aboard to lend credibility than to have any heavy involvement in the actual production. Harrison Ford also returns and it remains to be seen if he’ll feature as strongly in the movie as he does in the trailer.

When is it out?

Blade Runner 2049 is in UK cinemas on 6th Octoberย 2017

Family Friendly?

Not even slightly. Definitely leave the kids at home for this one.

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