This week gave us quite a few new trailers for upcoming sequels, remakes, and young adult novel adaptations.
New Maleficent Trailer
First up is Disney's upcoming big-budget reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent. Starring Angelina Jolie as the titular villain/protagonist, this reminds me of 2010's Alice in Wonderland reboot in the worst way possible, with the CGI landscapes and creatures just coming off as generic. What it does have going for it, however, is big star-power in Jolie, who looks like she's having a blast creepily chewing the scenery. Judge for yourself, but between Snow White and the Huntsman and Oz the Great and Powerful, I'm getting tired of dark reboots of fantasy movies over reliant on CGI. Maleficent flies into theaters May 30, 2014.
Trailer Rating: 3/5 Stars
This week trailers were released for two upcoming adaptations of Young Adult Novels hoping to become the next Hunger Games:
The Maze Runner Teaser
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, this film stars Dylan O'Brien (Teen Wolf) who awakes to find his memories are erased and he is trapped inside a maze with a community of boys. The trailer is tense and suspenseful, and the action scenes and questions it raises pique my interest (having not read the novel) for what is to come. The Maze Runner will be released September 19, 2014.
Trailer Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
The Giver Teaser
Also set in a dystopia, this film produced by the Weinstein Co. has higher star power: Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep, among others. Visually, it looks derivative of The Hunger Games and Divergent, though it's source material predates both films' sources. Overall, it doesn't appear to live up the quality of the book it's based on. The Giver comes out August 15, 2014.
Trailer Rating: 2/5 Stars
First Trailer for Oculus
From the producer of Insidious and Paranormal Activity comes a new low-budget horror movie that is sure to make a huge profit. Starring Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), this trailer shows lots of creepy tension, a few jump-scares, and plenty of inventive imagery. Oculus comes out April 11, 2014.
Trailer Rating: 4/5 Stars
Check back next week for another Trailer Roundup.