Any week with a new Star Wars trailer is a huge week for trailers. But this was also a surprisingly quiet week for trailers, with a lot fewer than usual coming out. My suspicion is that The Force Awakens scared them all away — it's not exactly something the average movie can compete with. Still, there's some good stuff to look ahead to. You can check out this week's seven best trailers below.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars has every right and reason to be big and loud, but it's choosing another tack. Its third — and maybe final — trailer opens quietly and with a sense of awe at its own world, and by the end, by the time it should be ready to floor us with a sizzle reel of actions and explosion, it just slows down and stops and revels in the wonder that is the Star Wars universe existing beautifully in 2015, in a space between immense hope and incredible expectations. Just ride with it. The film is out December 18th; you'll probably want to buy a ticket now.
Netflix released a first full trailer for Jessica Jones today, and it presents what could be a fascinating take on the traditional superhero story. Like in the Marvel comics, Jones is a retired hero who's gone into PI work, and Netflix's series seems to have her dealing with a villain whose powers are basically a mythical embodiment of mental illness and abuse. Even in this two-minute trailer, there's some powerful stuff. The full season premieres November 20th.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Pride, prejudice, and zombies each claim a full third of this movie's name, but zombies seem to take up a far greater share of the actual film. The first full trailer for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies arrived this week, and it mostly focuses on the movie's zombie-slaying action. But the real good stuff is the adapted Pride and Prejudice, which has the Bennet sisters trash talking dudes and zombies alike. It'll be out on February 5th.
The Man in the High Castle
Amazon is turning Philip K. Dick's classic alternate history novel into a TV series, and almost everything about that sounds like a great idea. The one hiccup? Probably the Amazon part. The Man in the High Castle got a solid reception when its pilot premiered, but it's hard to get too excited for its first season just off of this trailer. Still, the show has an interesting world to explore, so perhaps I'm judging too soon. The full season premieres November 20th.
The Venture Bros.
I've never watched Venture Bros., so I'm handing things off to Adi Robertson to fill you all in on this first look at its sixth season:
Let's get one thing out of the way: I don't think this is a great trailer, unless you're a massive Venture Bros. superfan who wants to catch every possible reference to characters that might appear in the upcoming season. But it heralds the long-awaited — seriously, it's been over two years since the last season — return of one of my favorite shows on television, an intricate mashup of Jonny Quest, superheroes, family drama, and (occasionally) David Bowie. Only a few months left to wait before it premieres on January 31st of next year.
Master of None
Aziz Ansari has taken his observations on relationships and life (previously seen in book and standup form) and turned them into a sitcom coming to Netflix. It looks like another funny and charming take on the common experiences that Ansari has been exploring, so you can be sure that a lot of people are going to take a look. Its first season premieres on Netflix on November 6th.
Here's a solid equation: Jennifer Lawrence + Bradley Cooper + David O. Russell. Yes, again. And yes, it looks good. This is the first full trailer for Joy, and it shows a big, chaotic, beautiful world created by Russell and inhabited by Lawrence's enormous presence. What actually happens in this movie? Kind of a lot, but what do the specifics really matter? It's out on Christmas Day.