Blockbuster Trailers for 2018
By Mikhail Lecaros
Every year, the Super Bowl attracts the world’s largest television audience, as American football fans from around the world tune in to catch the action of Game Day. The televised event also tends to attract non-sports fans, as ad agencies go all out, debuting their flashiest, funniest, and quite often, most entertaining commercials during this time.
Beginning in 1996 with Independence Day’s brilliant first glimpse of an exploding White House, Hollywood studios began jumping on the bandwagon, crafting Super Bowl-specific trailers to promote their upcoming blockbusters.
Here are our favorites from this year’s Game Day:
Ok, this one is kind of a cheat, since the movie it’s “promoting” doesn’t really exist, but we’ll be damned if we didn’t wish it did! Featuring Danny McBride (This is the End, Tropic Thunder), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Russel Crowe (Gladiator), Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad), and Hugh Jackman (Logan), this fake trailer turned out to be a hilarious tourism ad for Australia, and it just makes us want a fourth Crocodile Dundee movie starring this cast, ASAP!
Seemingly inspired by the disaster genre which producer Irwin Allen pioneered in the ‘70s and ‘80s (and bearing a resemblance to his Towering Inferno from 1974), Skyscraper is a starring vehicle for Dwayne Johnson, whose ability to make every movie better simply by being in it could be the deciding factor in making this flick a blockbuster.
Seeing as he’s already saved us from magical board games, earthquakes, and snake-inspired terrorist organizations, our money’s on The Rock winning the day.
Mission: Ipossible – Fallout
Tom Cruise in a full sprint with his back unerringly straight? Check. Tom Cruise dangling precariously from a cable? Check. Tom Cruise careening through streets on a motorcycle? Check. Tom Cruise’s team framed for a crime they didn’t commit and being forced to save the world while clearing their names in a globetrotting adventure set to the latest remix of Lalo Schifrin’s immortal theme tune? Check, check, and check.
While it’s frankly remarkable that we’re anticipating a sixth film based on classic TV series Mission: Impossible, it’s downright incredible that, save for the second film, each one of these flicks has been pretty damn good, and well worth taking in on the big screen.
Hopefully, this will be worth the millions Warner Brothers allegedly spent to digitally paint out Henry Cavill’s mustache (which he was contractually obligated to retain), for the Justice League reshoots.
Westworld Season 2
With Game of Thrones down to its last season, HBO is looking at Westworld to fill the void. Based on Michael Chricton’s 1973 film about a theme park whose robot attractions start killing the tourists, Westworld the series is a fascinating study in humanity and the nature of identity, served up with copious amounts of onscreen sex and violence. After the shocking revelations that ended the previous season, Season 2 promises to show multiple parks beyond the titular old American West-inspired one, and we can’t wait to see what comes next.
Speaking of theme parks gone awry…