Not a particularly big week for trailers, but here are the highlights.
Thor: The Dark World
Thor: The Dark World is the sequel to Thor, the Kenneth Branagh film about the Asgardian Marvel super hero from 2011. I really enjoyed the first one. More than I thought I would even. I enjoyed it so much I immediately went to see it again the next day. A couple weeks later while waiting in line for the midnight screening of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, I decided to see it again because much to my surprise nobody else was there at 10am for a midnight screening. (In comparison, for the midnight screening of Pirates 3, there was already a dozen people or so in line at 5am at the same theater. I guess Jack Sparrow’s popularity waned a bit since then.)
This teaser is pretty effective in conveying that the story they’re telling in this one is probably a lot darker than the first film. It gives us a glimpse of the villain of the piece; Malekith, leader of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim, portrayed by Christopher Eccleston(Doctor Who, 28 Days Later). We also get a healthy dose of some characters who are returning from the prior film: Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), Odin (Sir Anthony Hopkins), Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Sif (Jaimie Alexander). Set piece-wise it looks to be a much bigger scale (and a bigger budget) than the first one. I am really looking forward to this movie. 🙂
Thor: The Dark World releases to theaters on November 8th 2013 in North America.
First of all, let me state that I am sure I will enjoy Monster University. It looks like an entertaining and funny movie, much like most Pixar films. However, telling the story of how Mike and Sully became friends through a Scare Competition in college certainly seems pointless given the end of Monsters Inc., which I won’t spoil here in case some of you haven’t seen it. (If you haven’t seen it, rectify that immediately. One of the best Pixar movies. I would rank it up there with The Incredibles, Up, and Wall-E.)
The good news is John Goodman and Billy Crystal are reprising their roles as Sully and Mike Wazowski respectively. There’s no way this film would work without their talents so I’m glad they came back for this. Also reprising their roles are Steve Buscemi as Randall and Frank Oz as Fungus, Randall’s “assistant”. John Ratzenberger will be in there somewhere too as he is Pixar’s apparent “good luck charm”.
Monsters University releases to theaters on June 21st 2013 in North America.
The Bling Ring
Emma Watson is in this movie.
The movie comes out some time in June. Dunno. *shrug*
Ratchet and Clank: The Movie
The Ratchet and Clank series of video games is one of my favorite series of all time. Though the last couple of entries in the series haven’t been as good as previous games in the series, I’m still hopeful that Insomniac Games will make the games about Ratchet and Clank again, instead of Ratchet or Clank. You see the last couple games (All 4 One and Full Frontal Assault) have been more about co-op rather than a single-player experience with an emphasis on both platforming and shooting. I really hope once Insomniac is done testing the multiplatform game market with their upcoming game Fuse, they will return to the series that really matters most to their fans.
In the meantime, Insomniac Games and Sony have partnered up with Rainmaker Entertainment (formerly Mainframe, creators of Reboot) and Blockade Entertainment to produce a film based on the Ratchet and Clank games. Apparently the first one will be a retelling of sorts of the first game in the series, Ratchet and Clank. The plot of the first game involves Supreme Executive Chairman Drek plotting to create a new planet for his race, the Blarg, after their planet becomes uninhabitable due to excessive pollution. Clank, a robot created by “accident”, seeks to thwart Drek’s evil plan and gets help from his soon-to-be friend and crime-fighting partner Ratchet, a Lombax from the planet of Veldin. They visit various planets and seek help from the most popular hero of the galaxy, Captain Qwark.
The film is being written by T.J. Fixman, the current writer of the Ratchet and Clank video games so it seems as if the story is in good hands at least. The film comes out some time in 2015. I hope this means that we’ll be getting a new Ratchet game, possibly on PlayStation 4, to coincide with the film’s release. Keeping my fingers cross on that one. I really do want a sequel to A Crack in Time, which is pretty much the best game in the series at this point, Up Your Arsenal coming in a close second.
That about wraps it up for this week’s trailer update. Next week Iron Man 3 comes out so I’ll probably have an Iron Man 3 review for you at that point. I’m really looking forward to it. Shane Black is the writer/director so I’m expecting great things. We shall see. 🙂