Previews: Don’t Look Now Trailer, Ad Astra, More!

Plenty new and renewed in this week’s preview of coming attractions, including the new Don’t Look Now trailer, Ad Astra, An Acceptable Loss, and more…

Don’t Look Now Trailer

Here is a brand new Don’t Look Now trailer. The 1973 classic gets a 4K Ultra HD restoration, which will play in cinemas from 5th July, and be available on DVD, Blu-ray, and Collector’s Edition from 29th July 2019. Directed by Nicholas Roeg, Don’t Look Now is an iconic thriller, and truly a must-see film.

Ad Astra Trailer

Here is the first trailer for the hotly anticipated Ad Astra. The film is about an astronaut who travels to the edge of the solar system to find his missing father and the project he was working on. Directed by James Gray (The Lost City of Z), the film stars Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, and Ruth Negga. Ad Astra will hit UK screens on 18th September 2019.

An Acceptable Loss Trailer

An Acceptable Loss is a political thriller about Libby, a university lecturer who formerly worked as an aide for the US Vice President. When the Vice President becomes President, Libby worries about her safety. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Tika Sumpter. An Acceptable Loss will be available on Digital Download from 15th July 2019.

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark Trailer

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is a new horror based on the book series of the same name. Set in 1968 small-town America, the film is about a young girl who turns her horrible secrets into a series of scary stories, which are found by a group of teenagers. Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is directed by André Øvredal and co-written and produced by Guillermo del Toro. The film is released in UK cinemas in August 2019.

Le Mans ’66 Trailer

Here is the first trailer for Le Mans ’66 (known as Ford vs Ferrari in the US). The film is about the designer and race driver who built a revolutionary race car for Ford to take on the dominating race cars of Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966. Directed by James Mangold (Logan, Knight and Day), the film stars Christian Bale and Matt Damon. Le Mans ’66 launches on to UK screens on 8th November 2019.

Film Review: TrollHunter

TrollHunter has graduated from the Blair Witch school of filmmaking, but is fun all the same. It is also refreshing to see a well-known but less often filmed mythical creature being tackled, compared to the plethora of vampire films for example.

Thomas, Johanna and Kalle are university students making a documentary about mysterious bear killings. Speaking to those in the know, one individual is singled out as knowing more about the incidents. Initially evading their requests for an interview, Hans allows the students to accompany him. What they discover is far more interesting and dangerous than they first thought…

Presented as a mockumentary, director André Øvredal takes his cues from films such The Last Broadcast and The Blair Witch Project. To a certain extent, it is a shame that the film uses this formula as it does not do anything particularly interesting with it. Nevertheless, it functions sufficiently so viewers identify with the students and share their awe at unfolding events.

The first half of TrollHunter suffers from occasional lulls in pace. The film never really loses its audience, but there are a few stagnant moments. The second half, however, is much more enlivening. The tension works well in this part of the film, pulling viewers along for the ride.

TrollHunter is an amalgamation of various genres. As well as fitting into the aforementioned mockumentary mould, the film is combines action and humour with the traits of a thriller and a road movie. The comedy in the film is not particularly overt, and perhaps it will go over the head of some viewers. Nonetheless, it successfully balances the more absurd elements of the plot.

There is not really any character development in TrollHunter, per se. The students filming the documentary show very little character, they are mostly vessels through which to view the action. Hans, the troll hunter, is a little more interesting as there is mystery surrounding his character. The ending of the film also plays into the sense of ambivalence.

The real stars, however, are the trolls themselves. The special effects in the film do not look state of the art but authentic and are entirely in-keeping with the style. The only complaint really is that Øvredal is very sparing with footage of the trolls. It is interesting to see the various guises, but more footage of the creatures would have been preferable.

Performances are fine in the film, but the emphasis lies really on the creatures rather than the humans. TrollHunter is an imperfect film, but suitably enjoyable notwithstanding.