So many trailers. So little time. “Trailer Roundup” is your semi-regular collection of the day’s biggest trailers along with some premature judgment on whether the films they advertise will be worth your time.
The film: “Scoob”
The talent: The world’s most famous meddling kids will be played by Will Forte (a dead-ringer for Shaggy), Amanda Seyfried, Zac Efron and Gina Rodriguez in this CG “Scooby-Doo” reboot. They will be joined by Frank Welker (naturally) as Scooby along with a pretty excellent ensemble including Mark Wahlberg, Kiersey Clemons, Jason Issacs, Tracy Morgan and Ken Jeong. Tony “Space Jam” Cervone directs.
The logline: “The film will follow the mystery-solving group as they must team up with other characters from the Hanna-Barbera universe to save the world from supervillain Dick Dastardly.”
How does it look? I like this a lot better on paper than in actual footage. The conceit of a shared universe with other obscure Hanna-Barbera characters (Hey there, Dick Dastardly! Nice to see ya!) is clever, but the jokes don’t really seem to be materializing. And here’s hoping Cervone has grown a bit as a filmmaker in the 25 years since “Space Jam.”
But let’s keep an open mind, shall we? “Scoob” is on the case starting May 15. And as the tagline says, “Mystery loves company.”
The film: “Greyhound”
The talent: Tom Hanks stars and writes. Aaron Schneider directs. Elisabeth Shue is the one person involved in the film who does not have a penis.
The logline: “In the early days of WWII, an international convoy of 37 Allied ships, led by captain Ernest Krause (Hanks) in his first command of a U.S. destroyer, crosses the treacherous North Atlantic while hotly pursued by wolf packs of Nazi U-boats.”
How does it look? Very digital, which is giving me some unwanted flashbacks to “Midway.” But Hanks is always great, and there are some legitimate thrills here.
Tom Hanks plays the world’s most violent game of “Battleship” on June 12.
The film: “The Secret Garden”
The talent: Colin Firth and Julie Walters, last seen being very British together in “Mary Poppins Returns,” reunite to be very British together in this Frances Hodgson Burnett adaptation. Marc Munden, who is himself very British, directs.
The logline: “Set in England, ‘The Secret Garden’ tells the story of Mary Lennox (Dixie Egerickx), a prickly and unloved 10-year-old girl, born in India to wealthy British parents who never wanted her. When her parents suddenly die, she is sent back to England to live with her uncle Archibald Craven on his remote country estate deep in the Yorkshire moors. There, she begins to uncover many family secrets, particularly when she meets her sickly cousin Colin (Edan Hayhurst), shut away in a wing of the house. It is a story of two damaged, slightly misfit, children who heal each other – partly through their exposure to a wondrous secret garden, lost in the grounds of Misselthwaite Manor.”
How does it look? “The Secret Garden” is arriving on the heels of some excellent re-imaginings of literary classics – namely “Little Women” and “Emma”- so my hopes are high for this one. The trailer, thankfully, is keeping those expectations high.
“The Secret Garden” arrives in most of the world next month, but us Americans will have to settle for a very nebulous “2020” release date.
The film: “Antebellum”
The talent: Janelle Monae, whose Oscars 2020 opening number was so good that Leonardo DiCaprio almost seemed to be having fun, leads the cast in this Lionsgate horror pic. Gabourey Sidibe and Kiersey Clemons (in her second trailer of the day!) costar while Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz make their writing and directorial debuts.
The logline: “‘Antebellum’ will follow the story of successful author Veronica Henley (Janelle Monáe), who finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it’s too late.”
How does it look? It certainly looks striking, but trailers for this have been so minimalist that I can’t help but wonder: Is this movie so good that everything needs to be a secret? Or is Lionsgate playing coy because they know it’s a stinker? We’ll find out come April 24.
About the author
Stephen Dow is an award-winning journalist with a passion for film – not just consuming it, but thoughtfully and actively engaging with it. He believes that these modern myths have a lot to tell us about our world and ourselves. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.