Previews: Halloween Trailer, First Man Poster, More!

A profusion of film-related goodness in this week’s preview of coming attractions, including the band new Halloween trailer, First ManBad Times at the El Royale, and more…

Halloween Trailer

Here is the brand new Halloween trailer. Forty years after John Carpenter’s horror classic, Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode. Directed by David Gordon Green, the film sees the return of Michael Myers, as he escapes from a secure facility. Halloween will hit UK screens on 19th October 2018.

First Man Poster

This is the first poster for the upcoming First Man. Directed by Damien Chazelle (La La Land and Whiplash) and written by Josh Singer, the film is about NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong. First Man, which stars Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy, will be released on 12th October 2018.

Bad Times at the El Royale Trailer

Bad Times at the El Royale is the latest film from Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods). The film features an enviable cast that includes Chris Hemsworth, Jeff Bridges, and Cynthia Erivo. Bad Times at the El Royale is set for release on 10th October 2018.

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Trailer

Above is the first trailer for the third instalment of the franchise, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. The film catches up with a slightly older Hiccup and Toothless as they discover their destinies. Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera return for the latest instalment, which follows 2014’s How To Train Your Dragon 2. How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is set for release on 1st February 2019.

Home Entertainment Releases

Upcoming home entertainment releases include A Quiet Place. The critically acclaimed horror is directed by John Krasinski, and also stars Emily Blunt. A Quiet Place receives its Digital release on 30th July, and 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray on 13th August 2018. Also set for a home entertainment release is Game Night. The action comedy stars Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman. Game Night is released on Digital Download on 25th June and Blu-ray and DVD on 2nd July 2018.

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Film Review: How To Train Your Dragon 2

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 is an entertaining sequel which provides marvellous spectacle.

Five years since Hiccup and Toothless united Vikings and dragons, the islanders are living in harmony. When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave on a neighbouring island, the pair find themselves at the centre of a battle to restore peace…

Following the success of How to Train Your Dragon, director Dean DeBlois is back for the second instalment. The narrative is fairly standard adventure fare, with a few devices thrown in fro good measure. After a little meandering at the beginning of the film (talking in the necessary foreshadowing), the pace picks up for the next two thirds.

Characters from the first film are developed in a natural manner, in keeping with what was presented there. Newcomers are fine for the most part, although the antagonist is a little one dimensional. The film relies on fantasy/action tropes rather than fleshing out this role. Nevertheless, the focus on the film remains on Hiccup and Toothless, so this is not a big problem.

The beauty of How to Train Your Dragon 2 is how engaging the central pair are. Hiccup and Toothless are well crafted enough for the audience to care about their outcomes. As a result, there are moments in the film that are genuinely emotional. Writer-director DeBlois has done well to make these come across as most sincere.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 offers tremendous spectacle with its animation. The flying sequences are wonderful to watch; and there is a richness to the animation which seems delightfully indulgent. It is really worth seeing the film in IMAX to experience just how fantastic the film looks. Jay Baruchel and Cate Blanchett lead a strong vocal cast.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a highly successful sequel. Fans of the first film will not be disappointed.

Stuff To Look At

Plenty of pre-Christmas visual treats this week, including the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer, 22 Jump Street, How To Train Your Dragon 2 and more…

A New York Winter’s Tale

A New York Winter’s Tale is a upcoming fantasy starring Colin Farrell and Jessica Brown Findlay. The film is the directorial debut of screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, who also wrote the screenplay based on Mark Helprin’s novel. A New York Winter’s Tale is out in UK cinemas on 21st February 2014.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Here is the first Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer. After the success of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it makes sense that a sequel would follow. It is unclear whether this new film will bridge the gap between Rise and the original Planet of the Apes films, but one thing is clear: Cesar looks angry. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is due for release in July 2014.

22 Jump Street

Warning: this is the red band trailer. The film reboot of 21 Jump Street was something of a surprise success in that it actually worked well as a comedy. In sequel 22 Jump Street undercover cops Jenko and Schmidt go to college. The film is out in UK cinemas on 6th June 2014.

How To Train Your Dragon 2

How To Train Your Dragon was a great animated adventure, so I have high hopes for its sequel. This trailer for How To Train Your Dragon 2 does not reveal much in terms of plot, but it looks fantastic. How To Train Your Dragon 2 is set for release in June 2014.

Blended

What is Blended you ask? Well it is a new comedy that once again teams up Adam Sandler with Drew Barrymore. The thing that is giving me some hope is that it is directed by Frank Coraci, helmer of guilty pleasure The Wedding Singer. Blended is out in the UK on 23rd May 2014.

Grudge Match

Above is a featurette for upcoming movie Grudge Match. The film pits Robert De Niro against Sylvester Stallone when they are offered a chance to re-enter the boxing ring. So basically Raging Bull versus Rocky. Grudge Match is out in UK cinemas on 24th January 2014.

Mr Peabody and Sherman

I want Mr Peabody to adopt me! Frankly what is not to love about this film? A talking dog, who is also the smartest person in the world. Fantastic. Let’s hope Sherman isn’t too annoying. Mr Peabody and Sherman is released in the UK on 7th February 2014.

Film Review: How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon works well on every level, and should be as entertaining for adults as it is children. The film’s box office success is unsurprising, particularly when considering the 3D element it offers.

The film centres on Hiccup, a young Viking who is worlds apart from the rest of his town, particularly his father. Hiccup is immediately identified as an outsider, having neither the strength nor the bravery to fight dragons, despite his desire to please his father. After befriending a dragon, Hiccup realises that slaying dragons may not be the way forward…

Hiccup is a very likable protagonist; most will be able to identify with his position as different to those around him. Furthermore, the film highlights the importance of keeping your own identity, and not following the crowd. Hiccup overcomes the odds in own way, persuading his contemporaries to his way of thinking.

The animation in How to Train Your Dragon is superb. Particularly appealing is Toothless, the dragon that Hiccup befriends. His mannerisms are cute; clearly the figure represents multiple merchandising opportunities. The use of 3D works excellently in the film; taking into account many of the 3D films released in the last year or so, it seems the form works better with animated or heavily CGI-infused productions.

The only real negative element of the film is that the narrative is quite predictable. But given that this is a family-orientated feature, it would be difficult for Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders to push boundaries too much, whilst retaining the film’s mass appeal.