Since our Trailer of the Week is usually on Fridays but we already felt the need…the need for speed very early with our coverage of Top Gun: Maverick on Monday, I figured we’d do a trailer round-up to send you into the weekend and get us back on a normal schedule. It turns out that the week before Christmas was a very busy time for dropping new trailers.
First, we have the brand new trailer for Downhill, the American remake of the Swedish comedy Force Majeure, which was nominated for the Best Foreign Film Golden Globe in 2014. Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus (who also produces) and Will Ferrell, this looks to be a darkly comic affair not of the typical Ferrell oeuvre of screaming and wild antics.
The official plot synopsis:
Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell star in this biting comedy.
Presented by Fox Searchlight, Downhill is directed by Oscar-winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants, Best Adapted Screenplay), written by Faxon, Rash, and Jesse Armstrong (creator/writer of Succession), based on Ruben Östlund’s original screenplay, and produced by star Louis-Dreyfus, Anthony Bregman, and Stefanie Azpiazu.
Next up we have 20th Century Fox’s The Woman In the Window, starring six-time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams. I mean, you can’t really go wrong with Adams alone but pairing her up with another legendary red-head in Julianne Moore is just too good an offer to refuse. You know you are in for something great when Gary Oldman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and the new Captain America (Anthony Mackie) are the casting choices you mention third when hyping a trailer!
This intense merging of Hitchcock’s Rear Window and Fincher’s Panic Room looks to be exciting and frightening in equal measure. The official plot synopsis:
In “The Woman in the Window,” an agoraphobic child psychologist befriends a neighbor across the street from her New York City brownstone, only to see her own life turned upside down when the woman disappears and she suspects foul play. A stellar ensemble cast brings Tracy Letts’ screenplay based on the gripping, best-selling novel to life, where shocking secrets are revealed, and no one—and nothing—is what it seems. Starring Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Julianne Moore, “The Woman in the Window” is produced by Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Anthony Katagas.
To lighten things up a bit, we have Netflix’s second entry in their To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy, To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You. Based on the bestselling young-adult book series, the first film was an innocent and fun comedy with a lot of heart. On a personal note, it was a joy to watch it with my oldest daughter, so when the new trailer came out for the second installment, anticipation in the Johnson household was high!
The official synopsis:
It’s a new year and Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo) are no longer pretending to be a couple. They ARE a couple. And, as Lara Jean navigates a trove of official firsts with Peter — her first real kiss, her first real date, her first Valentine’s Day — she finds herself leaning more on Kitty and Margot (Anna Cathcart and Janel Parrish), Chris (Madeleine Arthur), and an unexpected new confidant, Stormy (Holland Taylor), to help her manage the complex emotions that come with this new chapter of balancing a relationship and figuring out her authentic self. But when John Ambrose (Jordan Fisher), another recipient of one of Lara Jean’s old love letters, enters her life again she must rely on herself more than ever as she’s confronted with her first real dilemma: Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?
Below are some exclusive photos courtesy of Netflix (check out the official site for streaming reminders and the trailer). Also, check out the film’s official Twitter pages (@Netflix and @toalltheboysnetflix) and Instagram account. #toalltheboys
The Ryan Reynolds train is full steam ahead as the Deadpool and 6 Underground star brings his talents to the big screen yet again with 20th Century Fox’s Free Guy. Reynolds has been a star of varying quality before but his game-changing role as Wade Wilson in Deadpool has allowed his sarcastic personality to dominate theaters of late and based on the trailer for Free Guy, the ironic, fourth-wall-breaking humor from his Deadpool universe is not going away anytime soon.
The official synopsis:
In “Free Guy,” a bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game, decides to become the hero of his own story…one he rewrites himself. Now in a world where there are no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world his way…before it is too late.
Free Guy is directed by Stranger Things producer/director Shawn Levy (who despite being an Academy Award nominee will always be this guy to me), co-stars Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and the legendary Taika Waititi, and is based on a story by Matt Lieberman, written for the screen by both Lieberman and Zak Penn.
Finally, we’ll leave you on a much creepier note, courtesy the fine folks at A24, which gave us new horror classics like The Witch, Hereditary, and Midsommar. Saint Maud looks to be a mashup of psycho-sexual body-horror madness via Aronofsky with a dash of unpleasant realism such as the aforementioned Ari Aster films.
The official synopsis:
The debut film from writer-director Rose Glass, Saint Maud is a chilling and boldly original vision of faith, madness, and salvation in a fallen world. Maud, a newly devout hospice nurse, becomes obsessed with saving her dying patient’s soul — but sinister forces, and her own sinful past, threaten to put an end to her holy calling.
Glass is a relative newcomer to the horror scene and film in general. She’s written and directed five short films/segments but gets a chance to make her big-screen impression with Saint Maud. She has a fine cast to support the drama with Pride and Prejudice’s Jennifer Ehle leading the way alongside Morfydd Clark, Lilly Frazer, Lily Knight, Marcus Hutton, Turlough Convery, and Rosie Sansom.