Previews: Rings Trailer, Coco, More!

The first of this year’s previews of coming attractions include the Rings trailer, a new Blade Runner 2049 image, A Cure for Wellness, and more…

Rings Trailer

Here is the latest Rings trailer. The film is a new chapter in the horror franchise. From the synopsis, Rings does not appear to be directly linked to the characters from 2002’s The Ring, or its sequel. The cast includes Matilda Lutz, Jonathan Galecki, and Vincent D’Onofrio. Rings will hit UK screens on 3rd February 2017.

Blade Runner 2049 Image

Above is a new Blade Runner 2049 image. Not much has been revealed about the characters yet – is Ana de Armas’ character a replicant? Is Ryan Gosing’s? Who knows. Also starring Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, and Jared Leto, Blade Runner 2049 is due open in UK cinemas on 6th October 2017.

A Cure for Wellness Trailer

A Cure for Wellness has to be one of this year’s most anticipated movies. This trailer reveals a little more about the plot, which concerns a young executive who is sent to retrieve his CEO from a mysterious “wellness” centre. Directed by Gore Verbinski, the film stars Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth, and Jason Isaacs. A Cure for Wellness is due for release in UK cinemas in early 2017.

Mute Image

Here is a brand new image from Netflix’s upcoming Mute. Directed by Duncan Jones, the film stars Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd, and Justin Theroux. Set in the near future, the film is about a mute bartender and his search for his missing girlfriend. Mute will be released by Netflix in all their territories later this year.

Beauty and the Beast Video

Here is a short video featuring the leads from the upcoming Beauty and the Beast movie. If follows the clip of Emma Watson singing ‘Something There’, which was released a few days ago. Beauty and the Beast also stars Dan Stevens, and features the voices of Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. The film is out in UK cinemas on 17th March 2017.

The LEGO Batman Movie Poster

I am thrilled to see that the upcoming LEGO Batman Movie features Harley Quinn. The film also sees appearances from Robin, The Joker, and Batgirl. Featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, and Jenny Slate, The LEGO Batman Movie will hit UK screens on 10th February 2017.

Patriots Day Trailer

Patriots Day is the latest film from director Peter Berg (Lone Survivor, Battleship). The film concentrates on the immediate aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Mark Wahlberg heads up a cast that includes John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, and J.K. Simmons. Patriots Day will be released in cinemas on 23rd February 2017.

Coco Image

Here is the first look at Coco, the latest animated film from Disney Pixar. The movie is about  a young boy who sets of a chain of events relating to a centuries-old mystery. Coco is directed by Pixar stalwart Lee Unkrick and Adrian Molina, who also wrote the film. Featuring the voices of Gael García Bernal and Benjamin Bratt, Coco is due to be released in UK cinemas in December 2017.

Film Review: Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3 is a highly entertaining film for people of all ages. It is also one of the best final films in a trilogy series. Given the marketing campaign and release date, it is bound to be one of the biggest grossers of the year.

As Andy gets ready to leave for college, Woody, Buzz and the rest of the toys are uncertain about their future. A mistake leaves them stuck in a daycare centre, with Woody insistent that they should return home to Andy before he departs…

As ever, the animation from Pixar is superb. The 3D aspect to the film works well as it is unobtrusive. It adds extra life to the animation without being  distracting, indeed you quickly forget you are watching a 3D film.

The usual suspects are back for this third instalment, as well as a number of new characters. These new additions are well-written overall, although understandably some of the minor characters fall into recognisable archetypes. The idea to introduce a Ken doll is inspired; his scenes are some of the funniest in the film.

Unsurprisingly, considering the Pixar back catalogue, the film combines comedy with action, suspense and drama. Numerous critics have discussed the emotional depth to the film, suggesting its ability to tug at the heartstrings. There is a universalness to the themes of maturing and the abandonment of childhood that entails the film will have an emotional effect on most, if not all, of its viewers.

In some ways, it is more of a film for adults, particularly younger ones who grew up with Toy Story as a child, than for a very young audience. Whilst there is enough action, comedy and pace to entertain the youngest viewers, the onus is very much on the notion of the toys being abandoned, rather than the narrative of their quest to find their way back. This is particularly pertinent in the last section of the film.

Toy Story 3 works so well as it errs on the right side of sentimentality. It is emotional without becoming cloying. Interestingly, with the end message of the film, John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich and Andrew Stanton appear to propagate the idea that growing older necessitates the end of childish pursuits. A message that seems at odds with the Disney ethos. But with the revenue brought in by both ticket sales and the abundance of merchandise, it is unlikely Disney will worry too much about this.