Coming Soon Trailers: Wonder Woman, Captain Underpants.
Can a bright and joyful Wonder Woman save the DC extended universe?
After last week’s nautical releases, it’s women and children first as we head to the lifeboats. The first DC movie to use a color palette besides gray and brown, Wonder Woman looks to give audiences a more hopeful entry as Diana Prince gets her first big screen feature. For the younger set, Captain Underpants hopes to join Diary of a Wimpy Kid as the latest book adaptation ripe for a never ending franchise.
On the home market, our four VOD offerings run the gamut from horror to bildungsroman, with of course the requisite documentary in there for seasoning. Let’s get cracking.
This origin story tells of how Diana, an amazonian warrior princess, has her destiny altered when the outside world intrudes on her island home. A lone pilot washes up on shore with stories about the horrors of a world war raging across the globe, and is soon followed by hostile soldiers. Diana decides to leave her home and enter the wider world in an attempt to spread peace and justice.
See It?: Yes.
Early reviews are positive, and this trailer looks solid. Gal Gadot’s Diana was the only bright and exciting moment in the otherwise joyless Batman V. Superman debacle. She seems to have carried that sense of, well, Wonder into her feature length debut. I can’t say it will save the DCEU, but it goes a long way towards making me care.
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.
Two young friends who regularly delight their classmates by pulling inventive pranks and illustrating a series of bootleg comic books titled Captain Underpants are torn apart by a dull principal who disapproves of their antics. The pair hypnotize their nemesis and convince him that he is in fact Captain Underpants. It turns out they all may need a superhero when a new science teacher reveals a sinister plot to rob all laughter from the school.
See It?: Kids only.
The visuals are fun and fluid, but feel a little more in line with TV shows than big budget movies. The voice acting is talented, but doesn’t seem to mesh with the characters. The jokes are hit and miss, and the exuberant style helps to carry off some of the rather pedestrian jokes. I’m assuming this is all going to be fine for kids, but parents are going to be browsing their phone instead of feeling engaged.
Video on Demand.
Shortly after John and his family move to a small rural town, he begins to experience terrifying sleep paralysis. Defying other explanations, John uncovers that his condition and his new home are linked, and that shadowy forces are targetting his family.
See It?: Rent it.
This trailer has me in limbo. There are some really striking visuals, and then there are some really overused horror tropes (bathtub scene, looking at you.) The characters are fairly flat, and the dialogue seems canned at times, but the cast is competent. If you want a haunting movie with some interesting visuals, give it a roll. Just don’t expect groundbreaking stuff here.
Long Strange Trip.
A documentary about The Grateful Dead featuring interviews with the band and fans interwoven with recordings of their concerts.
See It?: Nope*
*I hate The Grateful Dead with a passion and would rather eat glass than hear one note of their music. That being said, if you don’t feel the same way, this documentary should be fine for a perusal on Netflix. The cinematography and aesthetic are really strong. I just hate the subject matter.
Vincent N Roxxy.
A hip young artist and a loner on a journey of self discovery are thrown together when a violent criminal attacks Roxxy in broad daylight. Vincent comes to her aid, and the pair begin an intense romance despite being on the run from their past. And a vicious criminal.
See It?: Nope.
Exposition through short declaritive sentences. Character building through short declaritive sentences. Plot turns through short declaritive sentences. Looks like we have a screenwriter and/or director who think their “big ideas” are just too much for us humble viewers to parse. Add in overwrought acting and a reliance on one character advancing the story with his fists, and this is one to miss.
At a prestigious boarding school dominated by an elitist rugby team, Ned is an outcast under constant assault. When he is forced to room with Connor, a star athlete, things go from bad to worse. An unconventional teacher helps both boys to colaborate instead of fight, but his approach is viewed with hostility by the coach of the rugby team.
See It?: Nope.
The narration tells me right away this film is going to force feed the audience ideas. The characters are all cliches done much better in other films. The dialogue is so forced and full of stale platitudes, I can’t believe the cast can say them with a straight face. Sorry, Dead Poets Society called and wants its entire premise back.