I just started watching season four of The Handmaid’s Tale and I remember why I prefer the weekly release schedule for this show: Bingeing it’s utterly exhaustive (Monica Hesse makes this point much more eloquent in her largely spoiler-free review in the Washington Post). The show has a riddle: it can’t kill its main character (which would be an incredible plot twist) and it can’t get her out of Gilead because that’s where the action is. So June has to suffer over and over again. And over. After the first three episodes, June has already suffered a lot. For the rest of the season, I really hope that A) a lot more of Alexis Bledel and Samira Wiley and B) something good will happen in June. Something.
Here’s the recap of this week’s trailers:
West Side Story
Steven Spielberg’s remake of the classic musical looks a lot like the original 1961 film (this side-by-side comparison from YouTuber Matt Skuta shows the many differences). But while the earlier movie featured white actors in makeup to play some of the Puerto Rican characters, Spielberg was looking for artists of Puerto Rican descent for its updated version. The spectacular Rita Moreno, who starred in the original as Anita in the Spielberg version, and is also the film’s executive producer. West Side Story hits theaters in December (after a long COVID-related delay).
The last season of 10 episodes of Castlevania goes back to “where it all started,” says the new trailer. Netflix’s official synopsis says “Wallachia plunges into chaos as factions collide” and mentions attempts to bring Dracula back from the dead (!!). “These are the end times.” This is the last season with this cast of characters (Deadline has reported Netflix may be launching a new series in the Castlevania verse but with different characters), so expect a lot of blood. Season four of Castlevania falls to Netflix on May 13.
Okay, so as a parent I’m always a bit wary of Disney / Pixar movies as they are usually emotionally devastating for parents to watch (see: Finding Nemo, or perhaps Inside out, or maybe the final scene of Toy Story 3(aaand I just cried all the hell again). Luca is the story of two young sea monsters who become human when not in the water, while exploring the surface world in a seaside town on the Italian Riviera. Seems safe enough and the trailer looks beautiful, but Pixar always gets you, so don’t say I didn’t warn you. Luca hits Disney Plus on June 18.
Sweet tooth is a post-apocalyptic fairytale based on a DC Comic, starring Robert Downey, Jr. as an executive producer (that’s the most Verge– my sentence I ever wrote? Possibly.). Our hero is a very cute hybrid deer boy, played by Christian Convery, who is looking for a new beginning after society has been turned upside down by something called The Great Crumble. Sweet tooth arrives on Netflix on June 4.
Rick and Morty Season 5
The second trailer for season 5 of Rick and Morty picks up where the first trailer was stopped, that is, in the middle of a chaotic space battle? with cyberpunk birds? that’s a parody of the Power Rangers? Of course why not. Rick and Morty returns to Adult Swim on June 20.