New trailers: Station Eleven, The Matrix Resurrections, The Book of Boba Fett and more
I’m finally done The Beatles: Get Back, and although it meandered a lot, I found myself wanting more. The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay beautifully captured how it felt to watch these 50 year old footage as a fan, like we were all hanging out with John, Paul, George and Ringo as they worked on new material. Highly recommend watching, it will make you question some of the prevalent stories about the Fab Four (like the widespread belief that they were constantly at each other’s throats as the band approached breakup).
Also! We got news late on Saturday about the sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. It’s going to get the title Spider-Man: About the Spider-Verse, and will actually be a two-part version, with part one set to be released in October 2022 and part two in 2023. Click that link for the first trailer:
The rest of this week’s trailers feature new previews of a few movies and shows we’ve seen previous trailers and teasers for, and a (fictional) new HBO Max series about people living in a post-pandemic world.
Based on the novel by Emily St. John Mandel, Eleven Station is a series about the aftermath of a pandemic whose production was delayed by the real pandemic. Twenty years after most of the population was wiped out by the Georgian flu, a group of artists travels through the post-apocalyptic landscape to put on performances and meet all sorts of survivors, including a mysterious individual known as The Prophet. (Glimpses of a “museum of civilization” shows a display of some 21st century relics, including “the Internet”, a “Switch, Nintendo” and a “car key fob”). Both the Before and After Times are mainly seen through the eyes of Kristen, who was a child actress during the outbreak of the flu and is played as an adult by Mackenzie Davis. Himesh Patel, David Wilmot, Nabhaan Rizwan, Daniel Zovatto, Lori Petty and Matilda Lawler star in Eleven Station, whose 10 episodes begin December 16 on HBO Max.
The Matrix Resurrections
I quickly reviewed/appreciated this trailer the day it came out and have watched it a few (OK many) times since then. We’re not getting much more insight into the film’s plot here, other than that a key element will be “change.” We do hear a voiceover say that “maybe this isn’t the story we think it is”, and I hope the movie rolls with this idea! Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Christina Ricci and Jada Pinkett Smith star in The Matrix: Resurrections, coming to theaters and HBO Max on December 22.
Boba Fett’s book
“I’m Boba Fett, left for dead on the sands of Tatooine,” the new teaser begins. We see our protagonist immersed in what appears to be a Bacta Tank with a respirator attached to his face, which probably explains what happened to him after taking Sarlacc Return of the Jedi (but not how he got out). A few characters look surprised to see Boba in this (very short) new teaser titled “Message”. Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen star in Boba Fett’s book, which comes to Disney Plus on December 29.
We got a teaser in October and now we have a full trailer for the eight episodes peacekeeper series. John Cena reprises his role from James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad (Gunn also created the peacekeeper series and wrote and directed most of the episodes), but here he teams up with a new group of eccentrics to try to keep the peace by killing people who are supposedly a threat to the US. We see in the trailer that, despite his bravado, Peacemaker seems to have doubts about what he’s really doing and why. Together with Cena, Robert Patrick, Freddie Stroma, Danielle Brooks, Steve Agee, Jennifer Holland and Chukwudi Iwuji star in peacekeeper, coming to HBO Max on January 13.
The premise of this horror/comedy film: The Foo Fighters record a new album in a haunted house and some evil and gory jokes follow. We don’t get much clues about the plot, but we see Dave Grohl get the demon eyes and start floating, along with glimpses of monsters, an apparently evil book, and other supernatural staples of horror movies. It looks crazy and fun as hell. Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett and Rami Jaffee, along with Whitney Cummings, Leslie Grossman and Will Forte star in Studio 666, which hits theaters on February 25.