20th Century Fox dropped the long-awaited first trailer for the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody this morning, which finds a glammed up, mustachioed Rami Malek taking on the role of the legendary Queen frontman. However, aside from Malek’s performance, and as much as I think we all want this movie to be great, this first trailer is certainly a bit worrisome.
Described as a “foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music, and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved enters on the planet,” the film chronicles the rise of the iconic rock band through their revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid at Wembley Stadium in 1985.
Now, to be fair, this teaser is only a minute and 30 seconds long, so perhaps I should reserve my judgment for the full-length trailer, but there just seems to be something a bit off about this movie and I can’t seem to put my finger on what exactly it is. It’s almost as if this feels teaser makes Bohemian Rhapsody feel more like a cheap, made-for-TV movie than anything else. That being said, I’ll remain cautiously optimistic for this one, and ultimately hope for the best that the final product turns out well.
Bohemian Rhapsody is written by Anthony McCarten and was directed by both Bryan Singer and Dexter Fletcher (the former was fired for being unexpectedly absent from the set on multiple occasions and forced the production to screeching halt in December) and also stars Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee, Joseph Mazzello, Allen Leech, and Lucy Boynton. The film will hit theaters on November 2.
Netflix releases a stunning first trailer for Alfonso Cuarón’s black-and-white family drama ‘Roma’
Ahead of the film’s debut at the 2018 Venice Film Festival, Netflix has released the stunning first trailer for Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón’s black-and-white drama Roma, which is also set to play at the New York Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival in the coming months.
Roma is set in Mexico City in the early 1970s and follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst the political turmoil of the 1970s.
“Ninety percent of the scenes represented in the film are scenes taken out of my memory,” Cuarón told IndieWire last month. “Sometimes directly, sometimes a bit more obliquely. It’s about a moment of time that shaped me, but also a moment of time that shaped a country. It was the beginning of a long transition in Mexico.”
After its run on the festival circuit later this year, Netflix will release Roma in theaters and on its streaming service in December. You can check out the trailer for the film below.
Viola Davis leads Steve McQueen’s female-centric heist thriller in a riveting new ‘Widows’ trailer
Regency Enterprises and 20th Century Fox have released the trailer for Widows, the star-studded thriller from director Steve McQueen which features an ensemble cast that includes the likes of Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Ervio, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, and Daniel Kaluuya, among others.
Described as a “blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion, and corruption,” Widows follows four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Davis), Linda (Rodriguez), Alice (Debicki) and Belle (Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
“Steve was interested in doing his own version of a gangster film,” New Regency president and CEO Brad Weston told The Hollywood Reporter back in 2014 when the film was still in development. “It felt fresh to him to combine a contemporary, hard-hitting, very grounded gangster movie with four strong female characters. We loved it because that’s who Steve is. He sees things differently.”
Co-written by McQueen along with Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, Widows also stars Garrett Dillahunt, Carrie Coon, Jacki Weaver, Jon Bernthal, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Robert Duvall, and Liam Neeson. The film will open in theaters just in time for awards season on November 16.
‘Climax’ trailer watches a troupe of young hip-hop dancers experience a psychedelic meltdown
A24 has released the first trailer for Climax, the newest film from Franco-Argentine filmmaker Gaspar Noé, which premiered to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival back in May, boasting an 85% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film also won the Art Cinema Award at Cannes’ 2018 Directors’ Fortnight.
According to the official synopsis, Climax follows a troupe of young dancers as they gather in a remote, empty school building to rehearse. However, the troupe’s rehearsal turns nightmarish as the dancers discover they’ve been drinking sangria laced with potent LSD.
“Tracking their journey from jubilation to chaos and full-fledged anarchy, Noé observes crushes, rivalries, and violence amid a collective psychedelic meltdown,” the synopsis reads. “Starring Sofia Boutella and a cast of professional dancers, Climax is Noé’s most brazen and visionary statement yet.”
Climax will have its North American debut in the Midnight Madness section at the Toronto International Film Festival next month before opening in France on September 19. A24 has yet to announce when they plan on opening the film in the U.S.