It’s official. We have trailer fever. There’s no doubt about it. In a world where Netflix and chill is the new norm and enticing us to go out and catch a flick is getting harder, a trailer can lead a film to global success or be the catalyst for missing its mark in the box office. As a result, we’ve seen an unprecedented effort put into the crafting of spine-tingling teasers and tantalising trailers.
But the fact remains – not all trailers are made equal.
Here at Man of Many, we know trailers, man. Whether it’s Denzel Washington staring down baddies in ‘The Little Things’ or Justin Timberlake surprising the world a) returning to acting after what happened last time and b) by finally picking a good script in ‘Palmer’ – if the trailer’s red-hot, we’ll have a gander and let you know about it. So without further ado, and to shake off the back-to-work-blues here is a list of the Best New Movie Trailers that dropped in December 2020.
Music – Official Trailer
As described by director, writer, scorer, and Chief Wig Officer (CWO) Sia, her film Music is a ‘cinematic experience’ and not a film. It’s also an album launch (the film boasts 10 new Sia songs). And whilst this scenario might appear, from the outside, to be a bit creatively masturbatory, the ‘cinematic experience’ does look good. Starring Kate Hudson as Zu – a free spirit estranged from her family who suddenly finds herself the sole guardian of her half-sister, ‘Music’ (Newcomer, Maddie Ziegler) – the musical drama (it’s not a film!) explores the tenuous bonds that hold us together through dramatic storytelling, music and dance.
The Little Things – Official Trailer
This writer can’t express how long he’s waited for a staunch thriller to grace our lives. In a world where the big studios only dare to produce blockbusters, it’s refreshing to see a line up of great actors not wearing superhero costumes or jumping off and/or onto buildings. One of the best trailers on this list, The Little Things is a thriller of sorts; the kind that unravels slowly and hopefully one that keeps us in the dark for most of the running time. Our protagonist is Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe “Deke” Deacon (Washington) who’s sent to Los Angeles for what should have been a quick evidence-gathering assignment. Instead, he becomes embroiled in the search for a killer who is terrorising the city. Working with fellow copper Jim Baxter (played by Rami Malek) they track the killer while dredging up echoes of Deke’s past. Yes, please.
Coming 2 America – Trailer
Whilst it’s excellent to have Hall & Murphy back in the saddle, the trailer does, unfortunately, show signs of sequel-itis. The movie just looks and feels off. Maybe it’s the totally unnecessary use of CGI within the first 10s? Or the distinct lack of twinkle in Eddie’s eye? Either way, this is a phantom film paid for by a colossal, kinda evil, online shopping mall. However, the barbershop scene does look pretty good and yes, James Earl Jones is back which is never a bad thing. We reckon about 60 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes once it hits theatres. Watch this space.
Palmer – Movie Trailer
Godamnit. As much as one might’ve hoped Justin Timberlake had washed his hands of Hollywood; he’s back. The worst part is, it looks like he could’ve nailed it. The plot is simple: after 12 years in prison, former high school football star Eddie Palmer (Timberlake) returns home to put his life back together and forms an unlikely bond with Sam – an outcast boy from a troubled home. The characters, however, are likely a more complex animal. With an effective trailer and even more effective song (Nathaniel Rateliff was an excellent choice, Apple, along with one or two well-intentioned messages to convey, Palmer is almost definitely going to land truly with audiences.
SAVAGE – Official Trailer
Inspired by the true stories of New Zealand’s street gangs across 30 years, SAVAGE follows Danny at three defining moments in his life as he grows from a boy into the violent enforcer of a gang. Attracting attention in America-land due to its staunch performances and meticulous pacing, the world’s love affair with NZ looks like its set to continue.
Outside The Wire – Official Trailer
From the testosterone-fuelled studio that brought us Extraction and The Old Guard, comes Outside The Wire. A completely pointless, but totally entertaining exercise in Anthony Mackie kicking and punching his way through life until he no longer has the energy to peel off his spandex suits. Set in the future, Outside The Wire follows Harp (Damson Idris), a drone pilot sent into a deadly militarized zone where he finds himself working for Leo (Anthony Mackie), an android officer, tasked to locate a doomsday device before the insurgents do. But none of that matters, only the A-grade boom, boom.
Shadow In The Cloud – Trailer
At first, you’d be forgiven for thinking ‘who gives a shit’ about this movie. There’s a nothing plot – monsters versus pilot’s – and the word on the boulevard is that at least six Hollywood production companies were involved (possibly 10). That’s a lot of creative opinions, which could mean that coherency and clarity are not on the in-flight menu. But as the trailer goes on, you’ll be pleased to find that you were completely right and this movie is totally and utterly pointless. We have little doubt that it’ll fade into the distant collective memory before you can say ‘Chloë Grace Moretz can’t keep her accent in check, not even for the trailer’.