There’s a really fine balance between over explaining magical/mythical/sci-fi parts of a story, and leaving things too undefined for viewers to understand. I think it’s great when films live in that ambiguous in between, letting us imagine out some amount of specifics on our own, but a movie needs to provide the right guidance to let that happen.
I watched The Wailing a couple weeks ago, and I feel like it misses that mark while trying to create a fascinating, intricate, symbolism-laden world. I still loved the movie — it’s a very dark and very funny crime drama that becomes increasingly and fascinatingly mythical as the story goes on, and it caps things off with a climactic shot that I still can’t get out of my head. (For those who’ve seen it, it’s the one with the Minolta.)
But the film never really defines its main character’s flaws or struggles. Without that grounding, it’s impossible to interpret what all this stuff actually means and feels more like the director just threw a bunch of cool things at the wall. It works, to a point. I just wish the movie had offered a lens to view it all through.
Check out 11 trailers from this week below.
TERMINATOR: DARK FATE
It’s felt like every Terminator film since Terminator 2 has just been a pained attempt to keep the series alive. I’m not sure whether Dark Fate can escape that curse, but it does have a couple things going for it: Linda Hamilton is reprising her role as Sarah Connor, and the film looks to be mirroring the much simpler plots of the original films — protect a single person who’s being hunted down, leading to a tense cat and mouse game. It comes out November 1st.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD
Here’s the first full trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s latest film. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has a lot going on, but it mostly seems to be about the ways some people on the edge of Hollywood stardom ended up slipping away into Charles Manson’s grasp. It comes out July 26th.
TOY STORY 4
The latest trailer for Toy Story 4 gives a pretty good idea of what the movie will look like: all the toys caught together in a strange location, with plenty of excuses to have fun and funny new faces pop in and out (mainly, that means cameos from Keanu Reeves and a duo voiced by Key and Peele). It comes out June 21st.
I’m sure this trailer is teeming with secrets and clues about what’s going on in Westworld season 3, but as usual, I have zero idea what they mean. I’m into spending some potentially not-completely-bewildering time watching Aaron Paul play a mopey thief, though. The show doesn’t return until next year.
YEARS & YEARS
HBO has an TV series coming up that looks like a season-long, less intense version of Black Mirror that imagines current history out 15 years into the future, to obviously dystopian results. The show is airing on BBC One in the UK right now and comes to HBO once it wraps up, starting June 24th…..Read more>>