Westworld starts up again this weekend after a little more than a year away. I had a very love / hate relationship with the first season. I didn’t love the watching experience so much as I loved the meta experience of reading speculation about where the show was going, but I’m still really interested to see what happens this season.
In particular, I’m curious to see how the writers manage to work the same kinds of big, structural twists into the series that they did in season 1, especially now that viewers know to look for them. I’m torn because part of me feels like this is gimmicky storytelling, but another part has to admit that they’ve done a masterful job of creating a big puzzle and conversation piece, which is definitely a feat.
The show starts up again Sunday night. If you’re interested, my colleague Bryan Bishop got to take a look at the first five episodes and wrote a review of how the season starts out. Don’t worry, there are no spoilers.
Check out seven trailers from this week below.
Here’s the final trailer for Deadpool 2 before the movie comes out next month. This is easily the most straightforward and trailer-y trailer that the movie’s had yet. It introduces the plot, it introduces the characters, it’s infused with humor, but it isn’t even that weird. It really feels like this one is made for audiences that somehow didn’t hear about the original film. It comes out May 18th.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
And here’s the last trailer for the new Jurassic World before it comes out. This one also gets much deeper into spoiler territory than any trailer that came before it, and... it all feels kinda goofy to me. I’m pretty sure the events of this film involve Chris Pratt teaming up with a dinosaur to take down the government or some evil corporation, or something like that. At least that’s what I’m getting from this trailer. It comes out June 22nd.
Hereditary was one of the buzzier films of Sundance this year for, I’m assuming, being ridiculously scary. The film very much plays into the “creepy child” trope, but it seems to go well beyond that with an off-kilter world and a strange family history to explore. It comes out June 8th.
Blindspotting is about a lot of things, but broadly, it’s about how two friends — one black, one white — experience their gentrifying neighborhood in very different ways. That all appears to climax around a police shooting that one character, played by Daveed Diggs, is a direct witness to. It comes out July 20th.
The director of Gattaca has a new sci-fi film headed to Netflix. It takes place in a world where every human has augmented vision, but one woman has figured out how to hack it. It seems to have a detective noir vibe to it (complete with femme fatale tropes), but it looks like a fun enough thriller. It comes out on May 4th.
I missed this last week, but I still wanted to include it: it’s about Frankenstein creator Mary Shelley, played here by Elle Fanning. Reviews haven’t been fantastic, but the story it’s telling is still an interesting one. You can read more from my colleague Bryan Bishop, who saw it last year. The film comes out May 25th and goes on demand a week later.
This looks like the definition of a “don’t worry too much and just enjoy it” kind of movie. It’s about a bunch of criminals fighting a bunch of other criminals in a hotel run by criminals and specializing in criminal care. It is completely ridiculous, and it is very much meant to be. It comes out June 8th.