i was watching The Lego Movie a few weeks ago now that it's finally streaming. The first was an unexpectedly clever and funny take on what the Lego story might be, and the latter did a good job of keeping the momentum going. The movie is hilarious, and it still bases the whole thing on a family story and growing up.
That said, I think there is an unusual tension in the film. The sequel wants to tell a story about toxic masculinity and to support traditionally female interests, but to do so first makes a joke about them. The film also recognizes related themes such as how the original movie played in the trophy for an incompetent man to become a hero thanks to the guidance of a fully competent woman … but then it immediately follows that all that the incompetent man must save, said the woman one more time.
Lastly, I like where the sequel goes and how many surprising themes it touches on in the process (for example, "everything's gorgeous"). But I can't help but wonder how the same story might be told, given the prospect of only supporting her female characters from the beginning.
Check out seven trailers from this week (okay, one is from last week) below.
The study has to face many fan reactions, often for the wrong reasons. But this is one of the cases when the studio was really in touch – Sonic's original design was, no doubt, off and bizarre. This week, finally, we looked at the redesigned character, and hey, looks like Sonic! Now we just have to deal with the rest of the movie. It turns out, hey, Valentine's Day?
DC shows Charlie Quinn about his DC Universe streaming service. The first few seconds of this trailer are a boring reminder that Batman and other celebrities will emerge, but after that the trailer gives a much better sense of how this character is updated for 2019, with, for example, a very unexpected but responsible HPV joke from Bane. The play is released on November 29.
The invisible Man
I missed this one last week. The invisible Man It was originally supposed to be part of the Apparently Convicted Universal Universal Universe of interconnected classic monsters, but the studio made the effort to come back after a series of apostles. It's watery The invisible Man in less flashy and possibly better places, with the film becoming a psychological horror film about abuse and failure in women's beliefs, with Elizabeth Moss as a villain. (Although it looks very bloody and full of over-the-top fighting scenes, too.) The movie is out on February 28th.
Knives and leather
Enenifer Reeder's new film is filled with a surprising amount of bright colors and friendly shapes for what is actually a dark thriller beneath the surface. The film received rave reviews from the festivals and is due out on December 6th.
I will admit that, on its own, this trailer is not as engaging – even if it has some great pictures in it. What makes this worth checking out is this: if you check the IMDb site Away, you'll find only one name: Gintz Zibalodis, who wrote, directed, edited, scored, and the like, the whole movie. Releases on November 29.
If you've ever been to a film course or spent time talking to people about the Criterion Collection, you've probably seen Breathless, and you can probably recognize Jeananne Seberg. I didn't know that outside of her film career, she became a civil rights activist targeted by the FBI for her support of Black Panthers. It's a fascinating story, though I hope this film confronts the fact that it makes white women the focus of the work set in a black revolutionary movement. Releases on December 13th.
This film is directed by Michael Bay. And, all I can really say is: ………… what on earth?