The Super Bowl has come and gone. It was a weird one, with COVID-19 restrictions keeping attendance down and cardboard cutout people occupying the majority of seats.
The game itself was a huge disappointment—not because I cared who won, but because it just wasn’t interesting. I hate blowouts.
But there were some funny commercials and a few good trailers for upcoming movies and TV shows. Let’s take a look at the best (and worst) of those.
The Best Trailers
The Falcon And The Winter Soldier
Definitely the biggest, most impressive trailer of the night was for upcoming Disney+ MCU live-action show The Falcon And The Winter Soldier, which has a tough act to follow when it comes out next month. Its live-action predecessor, WandaVision, is one of the all-time best MCU entries.
In the trailer we see Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and Anthony Mackie as Falcon in something of a “buddy cop” action series. The two clearly don’t care much for one another—maybe some old jealousies over their shared Captain America friendship have created this rivalry. They’ll still have to work together to stop the bad guys, including whoever it is saying that “superheroes shouldn’t exist.” Looks like good, straightforward fun. We’ll see on March 19th.
So I’ve been looking forward to this one for quite some time, and when it hits theaters on April 12th my butt will be in a seat. It looks a bit like a funnier version of A History Of Violence with some John Wick (as family man) thrown in for good measure. The fact that the leading man is Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk is just icing on the cake. I’ve never seen him in anything like this before but it sure does look like he can pull it off. The man has range.
The John Wick similarities are no surprise given that film’s writer, Derek Kolstad, also penned this one. Director Ilya Naishuller previously directed the first-person shooter movie Hardcore Henry.
Raya and the Last Dragon
Disney’s upcoming animated film is headed to theaters and Disney+ on March 5th. It stars The Last Jedi alum Kelly Marie Tran as Raya and Awkwafina as her magical dragon. It looks charming and fun and the animation is gorgeous. I can’t decide if I’ll see this in theaters or at home. Probably at home unless COVID-19 case counts are way down, though I very badly would like to support movie theaters and do enjoy the social-distancing experience.
The Honorable Mentions
Here are some other trailers we saw during last night’s (super boring, lame) Super Bowl. These I include either because I’m interested in the show but the trailer isn’t great, or because they’re just kind of funny.
Okay, this isn’t much of a trailer. You can honestly get away with not even watching it. I only include it here because I’m intrigued by a prequel series to Yellowstone, the Montana-rancher-mafia melodrama starring Kevin Costner. I like that show despite how ludicrous and over-the-top it is because I’m from Bozeman, MT originally and I love that part of the country. It’s not nearly as dangerous as the show makes it out to be, but it is awfully cold.
I mean, the trailer is intriguing and the movie looks freaky but this is M. Night Shyamalan we’re talking about so it’s like a . . . 50/50 chance that this is any good. His movies up through Signs were really good, and I liked Split quite a lot, but when he misses he misses hard. Glass was embarrassingly bad despite an all-star cast and the potential to tie Unbreakable and Split together.
When this trailer started I thought it was going to be some kind of parody commercial using The Silence Of The Lambs as its gag. I think that tells you all you need to know about how this one came across. It looks . . . well not great. Other than Silence Of The Lambs, it’s been pretty hard to adapt the Hannibal books, though I have mixed feelings about Hannibal which can be so great and so infuriating at times.
Coming 2 America
I suppose I wanted to like this spot more than I did. The original movie is a classic, one of Eddie Murphy’s most beloved films. This one could be a worthy sequel. The trailer itself just sort of fell flat for me.
Frankly dear, I don’t give a damn.
And that’s that folks. Some good ones, some not so good ones. They were all more entertaining than the game itself which was a complete blowout. Madden NFL 21 got it very, very wrong this year.