Each of the sneak peeks this week have an allure to them that is hard to avoid. They vary in quality to some extent, but they all have a promise to them that is undeniable. They are all, one must mention, very well constructed film trailers, all intriguing without ever giving too much away.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – Walt Disney Studios
The fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean rather confusingly has three different titles depending on where you live in the world. If you are in America then Dead Men Tell No Tales will be the worlds after the colon, however, in Spain, France, Italy, Brazil and Vietnam you will be watching The Revenge of Salazar and if you are in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Switzerland or the Netherlands you will be seeing Salazar’s Revenge. It’s not hugely uncommon for titles to be changed in different territories but come on! Pick one and stick to it people! We shall refer to it as Dead Men Tell No Tales as this is what it is on the trailer.
Directed by Joachin Ronning and Espen Sandberg, Dead Men Tell No Tales sees the return of Johnny Depp (obviously), Geoffrey Rush and Kevin McNally and features the return of Orlando Bloom as Will-I’ve got no personality and I’m overshadowed by Jack Sparrow-Turner. The film also stars Javier Bardem as Captain Salazar who is clearly getting revenge judging by two of the three titles, Brenton Thwaites as Henry and Kaya Scodelario as Carina Smyth.
So, what will be happening? Jack Sparrow will be pursued by an old rival, Captain Salazar, who along with his crew of ghost pirates has escaped from the Devil’s Triangle and is determined to kill every pirate at sea. Jack seeks the Trident of Poseidon that will grant him control over the seas in order to defeat Salazar. The franchise has been very up and down quality-wise so hopefully Dead Men Tell No Tales will pick it all back up again when it is released in May.
Patriots Day – CBS Films
It’s safe to assume that conversations with director Peter Berg now go something like this:
– Hi Peter, tell me about your latest movie.
– Well it’s a harrowing and inspiring true story of bravery.
– Oh great, sounds interesting. Who is playing the lead role?
– That would be Mark Wahlberg.
– Hey, wait a minute…doesn’t that sound like your last two films?
– No, I don’t think so.
– But Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon both feature Mark Wahlberg in a harrowing and inspiring true story of bravery.
So, Patriots Day (shouldn’t that have an apostrophe somewhere?) tells the story of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, the aftermath and the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists behind it. Now, despite the ribbing that we have given Peter Berg above, the film does look very good. It has a tremendous cast, Wahlberg is joined by John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, J.K. Simmons and Michelle Monaghan.
Berg also is a very good director, and is well equipped to tackle something as dramatic as the Boston Marathon bombing. He’s proved himself well enough with Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon even if, at times, he strays into the overly sentimental. Patriots Day will have a limited released on December 21st before a wider release in January.
Jackie – Fox Searchlight Pictures
Lastly this week is Jackie, a new biographical drama starring Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy. The film follows Jacqueline Kennedy in the days when she was First Lady in the White House, and her life following the assasination of her husband John F. Kennedy. The film also stars Greta Gerwig, Peter Sarsgaard, Richard E. Grant and John Hurt.
The film is directed by Pablo Larrain (who is apparently in talks to direct a new Scarface movie), produced by Darren Aronofsky and written by Noah Oppenheim who won the Best Screenplay Award at the Venice Film Festival for this film. Since its premiere at VFF, the film has received glowing critical responses that call the film “alluring”, with Natalie Portman reported to be “enthralling”. The film is being released in December, presumably to compete for an Academy Award where Portman may pick up a second Oscar statuette.
So there you have it, another look at the most alluring movie trailers of the week. Check in next week for another sneak peek.