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SNEAK PEEKS: This week’s all-star movie trailers

SNEAK PEEKS: This week’s all-star movie trailers

This week’s trailers feature a veritable cornucopia of all-star talent, everyone from famous pop stars to award-winning thesps.

Let’s start with the trailer for Ben-Hur. Yes, one of the greatest films ever made is back on our screens… oh no, wait a second, this isn’t the 1959 epic directed by William Wyler. Instead this is the new adaptation of the book from 1880, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.

Now, one might say that to make a film from the same book as one of, what is considered to be, the greatest films ever made is a very brave and somewhat foolish move. However, it shouldn’t necessarily be discounted straight away as another film in the ever growing long line of cinematic remakes. The film has a fantastic lineup of cast members such as Morgan Freeman, Toby Kebbell, and Jack Huston as the titular Ben-Hur. Also, the script has been heavily re-written by John Ridley, who was the winner of the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2014 for 12 Years A Slave.

The trailer has already had a very polarized response with many questioning the neccesity for a new Ben-Hur adaptation and have criticized it for turning the film into, what seems to be, a generic Hollywood blockbuster. However, the film isn’t out yet and should be given the chance to prove that something good will come from it and that hopefully it was a risk worth taking.

Next up, is a trailer for an animated film that has left everyone shocked and slightly baffled. Sausage Party is the new film written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg about food trying to escape the murder and torture of humans cooking them. It is the first American R-rated computer animated film and looks like a spoof of the kind of films we expect to see from Pixar and Disney.

The trailer starts off much like a Pixar movie, a sausage named Frank living in a supermarket with other food products whose ultimate goal is to be picked by a customer. They believe when they are picked that they are going to a wonderful paradise, instead they are prepared to be eaten in a meal.

The film features a fantastic cast including Rogen as Frank, Kristen Wiig playing his love interest (a hot dog bun), Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, and Edward Norton. It looks set to be a riotous laugh – one just hopes that the joke extends beyond the two minutes of a trailer and works as a feature-length film.

While we are talking about comedies, let’s look at the trailer for Popstar: Never Stop Stopping. The new film from comedy group, Lonely Island about a successful rapper who has to re-form his old boy band after his new album bombs. The film is shot, at least from the what the trailer shows, like a real music documentary and indeed the poster promoting the feature reflects that.

What is probably most interesting about the film, which doesn’t look hilarious from the trailer, is the variety of major stars that feature. As well as actors like Sarah Silverman, Imogen Poots, Maya Rudolph and Will Arnett, Popstar also has appearances from stars of the music industry including Snoop Dogg, Seal, Carrie Underwood, and even Simon Cowell. Only time will tell whether Popstar will bomb like it’s protagonist’s album.

The final trailer this week is for the ninth installment in the X-Men franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse. Directed by Brian Singer, Apocalypse sees the team of young X-Men face off against the first and most powerful mutant Apocalypse, played by the multi-talented, seemingly omnipresent Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ex Machina, Show Me A Hero).

The regular cast of young X-Men are back, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence all returning to their roles. The film introduces some new cast members with Tye Sheridan playing the young Cyclops and Sophie Turner as the young Jean Grey. X-Men: Apocalypse is set for a May release and looks to be a great follow up to 2014’s Days of Future Past, hopefully it will live up to the critical acclaim and success.

That’s it for another sneak peek, come back next week for another look into the world of the movie trailer.


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