‘Hellboy’ and the Week’s Best (and Worst) Trailers

“Looks like Christmas came early,” read the tweet sent out with the first trailer for the reboot of “Hellboy.” For fans of sci-fi and animation franchises, that may be true — but not all of this week’s teasers were pleasing.

‘Hellboy’ (April 12)

Stranger things, indeed. An unrecognizable David Harbour takes over the role previously played by Ron Perlman as a half-demonic superhero in this comics-based reboot. This time, Hellboy is a fish out of water in London, where he meets a vengeful sorceress (“Resident Evil” vet Milla Jovovich) and battles three monsters. Scored with Billy Idol’s cover of “Mony Mony,” the trailer sets a witty tone, matched by the tagline: “Save the World Just for the Hell of It.”

‘Men in Black: International’ (June 14)

London also provides the setting for the latest installment of this sci-fi comedy series, which reteams “Thor: Ragnarok” co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson as agents trying to root out a mole in the MiB organization. The trailer spotlights the sequel’s impressive ensemble, including Liam Neeson and Emma Thompson as senior members of the alien-busting group. Who needs Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones?

‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ (March 22)

An equally formidable cast (Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, Billy Crudup, Laurence Fishburne) headlines “Boyhood” director Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Maria Semple’s best-selling novel. But the teaser doesn’t provide much enticement for people who haven’t read the book. As the title character, who leaves her family behind with no explanation, Blanchett says, “I want to die of cuteness.” Judging from the clip’s cloying tone, moviegoers might suffer a similar fate.

‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ (Feb. 8)

More than six months after this cartoon’s first trailer, another one has dropped. This one focuses on alien invaders inspired by the Lego Duplo line of preschool toys. Perhaps not coincidentally, the humor seems less sophisticated than in the original 2014 “Lego Movie.” Playing off that film’s infectious theme song, the clip promises, “Everything is more awesome in space.” We’ll see about that.

‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ (June 7)

After he confessed to multiple acts of sexual misconduct last year, Louis C.K. was replaced by Patton Oswalt as the lead voice in this animated sequel. But Kevin Hart’s past homophobic tweets, which led to his withdrawal as host of the 2019 Oscars, haven’t disqualified him from reprising his vocal role as a bunny named Snowball, as evidenced by the newest trailer. If the material he planned to do in his now-scrapped gig was as unfunny as the jokes here, his decision to drop out may have been a blessing.

Source: Read Full Article