A Review of the Endless Trailers I Saw Before “Rise of Skywalker”: 007, Wonder Woman, Barb and Star, Pixar and more!

After two and half hours of sitting through trailers before "Star Wars" even started, I have some opinions.
Wonder Woman 1984 poster

The block of trailers that played before our showing of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” seemed longer than the movie itself. There were so many, it’s hard for me to remember them all, but here we go: “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar”, “Mulan” (remake of the Disney cartoon), “Bad Boys For Life” (Will Smith and Martin Lawrence), “Top Gun: Maverick”, “Wonder Woman 1984”, “James Bond: No Time To Die”, “Black Widow”, Pixar’s “Onward”, “1917”, “Free Guy” (Ryan Reynolds), and maybe more although they ran so long that I had to use the bathroom twice and may have missed some.

Here were the trailers that worked:

“Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar”: This trailer opens with a line about how much Barb and Star sitting through 45 minutes of trailers and sometimes come just to see them and leave before the movie starts. Very very apt. This stars Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo who wrote “Bridesmaids” together, so hoping this has even a fraction of that film’s quality.

“Wonder Woman 1984”: I loved the first film, so I’m looking forward to any sequel. At first I thought why 1984, but it’s definitely in at the moment with “Stranger Things” and all. And a year I remember very very clearly. My favorite thing about the trailer was the brilliant remix of New Order’s “Blue Monday”. Looks terrific!

“No Time to Die”: I’m a sucker for 007. The movies usually disappoint but I still look forward to the next. However, I absolutely loved “Skyfall”, didn’t like the next, so hoping for more from this new one. They knew they had to do something and hired Phoebe Waller-Bridge to rewrite it, so you know they’re trying desperately hard. It looks spectacular, a thrilling, fun time for all, especially with Rami Malek as the villain.

“Onward”: This is one I mostly missed due to a bathroom break, but I saw enough of it to see it looks like another fun, well-made movie from Pixar.

“Black Widow”: This looks great, despite the fact I don’t care much for the character nor Scarlett, but Marvel always manages to suck me in and rarely disappoint. I was very happy to see David Harbour cast to play the Red Guardian.

I’m interested in “1917” and just saw it just won the Golden Globe award for best picture. As for the rest, not really for me. The only one that seemed especially annoying was Ryan Reynold’s “Free Guy”, where he plays a character in a videogame who decides to break out of his role and set his destiny. Whatevs. Not needed, but probably will make money.

Of the trailers I didn’t see, there are a number of films I am looking forward to this year including “Birds of Prey” (February), “The Lovebirds” with Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae (April), a second Pixar offering “Soul” (June), Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” (July), Marvel’s “The Eternals”, and that’s about it for now. We’ll know as the year goes on what smaller films will break out after Sundance, Telluride and Toronto and as we get closer to awards-bait season next Fall.

Oh, and what did I think of the Stars Wars movie? It was good. Didn’t make sense, but emotionally, it got me. But “The Mandalorian” is way better.

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