I watched Hot Summer Nights on Amazon the other week since I’ll watch anything starring Timothée Chalamet right now and also it just looked really fun and stylish. And it is loaded with style — it feels like a menagerie of pastiche and homage, rearranged into a brand new story.
The thing I found most interesting about the film was its use of myth. Like The Sandlot, the film relies on a narrator looking back at an important time in their life; something a little dreamy and idealized, filled with big, memorable characters and a small world that feels huge in the moment.
But the problem with mythologizing your characters is that we have to see these characters, and we learn the truth behind the myth. I imagine there are some fascinating ways that could be put to use, but mostly I think it’s a difficult thing to truly do well. How can a character be larger than life, but also a real, full human being?
Check out 12 trailers from this week below.
Bohemian Rhapsody comes out a week from now, and reviews have already started to hit — and unfortunately, they’re not too kind. But it seems like at a bare minimum, we’ll all enjoy Rami Malek’s performance. The film comes out November 2nd.
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
There’s a new trailer out for the third How to Train Your Dragon film, and it opens with an overview of some of the colorful animated vistas it’ll be taking viewers to. It comes out February 22nd.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Here’s a first look at the return of Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Amazon series. The new season has its titular star looking more confident than before and ready to make a big name for herself. The first season seemed to be well received, and at the very least, Sherman-Palladino’s writing is always fun to hear acted out. The season comes out December 5th.
Natalie Portman plays a pop star who’s starting to unwind in Vox Lux, a gorgeous, dreamy-looking movie that, based on this trailer, seems to go way off the rails at some point. Reviews have been fairly positive so far. It comes out December 7th.
Fox put out its first trailer for The Passage since announcing the show back in the spring. It’s about a girl who’s on the run from scientists who are trying to experiment on her with a cure for a deadly virus that seems to either heal you or turn you into a zombie. The trailer leaves it a little mysterious as to why the scientists need this specific girl so badly, suggesting there’s probably some twist coming about what it is she’s able to do. The show starts January 14th.
Not another Liam Neeson revenge movie. Well, it’s not. Cold Pursuit seems to take itself way less seriously than the typical Liam Neeson revenge flick, and that could make this a lot more fun for anyone growing tired of his carved-out genre. The film comes out February 8th.
Bird Box is getting a lot of comparisons to A Quiet Place — where A Quiet Place was about a family that has to survive in a world without sound, Bird Box is about a family that has to survive in a world without sight. The film looks a lot more action packed, but it’s a unique premise that should create some tense sequences. It comes out December 21st.
There’s a new trailer out for Homecoming, an adaptation of the fiction podcast of the same name that’s being put together by Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail. If you’ve ever seen Mr. Robot, you’ll notice a lot similarities — eerie camera angles, an overwhelming sense of discomfort, and juts lots and lots of looming dread. It comes out November 2nd.
Chris Pine stars in a huge new film headed to Netflix that my colleague Tasha Robinson described as “the definition of a prestige project: a grim, expensive visual epic that’s more admirable than enjoyable.” That gist is pretty clear from this trailer, which is not particularly engaging but looks like it had a very high horse budget. It comes out November 9th.
I really love trailers like this that pull out a moment from the film that encapsulates what it’ll be like — in this case, slow, eerie, and filled with some well-earned scares. It comes out February 8th.
Surviving R. Kelly
Lifetime has put together a documentary series examining the ongoing allegations of abuse against R. Kelly. The series interviews his accusers and speaks with activists trying to get him off the air and protect other women. The series starts in January.
Escape at Dannemora
There’s a new trailer out for Escape At Dannemora, the prison break limited series that is, oddly enough, both based on a real story and directed by Ben Stiller. This trailer plays up the prison break elements a lot more than the last — and does a lot more to highlight Benicio del Toro. The series starts November 18th.