Hey, remember when it used to be weird if you were a fan of Pitch Perfect? Man, what a backwards, nonsensical time that was. These days I’m glad to be able to report on the all-singin’, fist-swingin’ musical comedy without a hint of sarcasm or dry snootiness. Seriously, I’m glad. The first film was a knockout and from the looks of it the sequel should at worst follow suit and at best be a great film in its own right. Do I mean great as in Citizen Kane great? No, of course not, but there’s lots of different kinds of great…great white sharks is another example.
Anyway, back on topic we’ve already had a look at what to expect from Pitch Perfect 2 with a theatrical trailer, but now we have a all new trailer to have a look at. Expect global leaders, going commando and something else beginning with G. Girls I guess? Yeah, lets go with girls. Courtesy of Universal UK:
So pretty standard as second trailers go: a little more exposition, a smidge more over-arching storyline, and a solid look at the villain. Lets just hope that the same goes for the next Star Wars Episode VII trailer. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Skylar Astin and helms-woman Elizabeth Banks are all back in their Pitch Perfect roles. Expect this one on May 15th for a US release.
Oooooh, we’ve been waiting for this. At Sundance last year we heard tell of a creepy black comedy doing the rounds about a psychopathic loner who has conversations with a cat and a dog. Sounds good right? But that’s not the thing that got a our attention. What really got us excited was that Ryan Reynolds was starring, and it’s been a few years since we’ve seen Reynolds let his hair down in an indie.
So his latest low-budget with promise is Voices , which sees Reynolds as a socially awkward factory worker who pines for a co-worker played by Anna Kendrick, only to be led down a murderous, psychotic but still whimsical path by his talking pets.
The word on this project is that it’s weird…that’s pretty much the only solid thing that’s been said about it, since people don’t know whether or not to be scared or amused or sad. Audience confusion is bound to be a problem with genre-muddlers so this one is gonna be a love-it-or-hate-it deal. Here’s the trailer, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly:
It’s no secret that Reynolds has made a few bad career choices over the last few years (Green Lantern, The Change-Up, R.I.P.D), but the one ace in the hole he has – it was two aces, but then Hugo Boss dropped him from their ads – is that he blows the roof off of indie projects. When you think back to Reynolds’ performances in films like Buried and Adventureland, he becomes a lot more three-dimensional than the characters he plays in big budget features. So hopefully Voices will be remembered as a win.
Directed by Iranian filmmaker Marjane Satrapi and starring Gemma Arterton and Jacki Weaver, Voice comes out in limited theatres and VOD on February 6th.
Anna Kendrick is popping up all over the place recently, especially is she gets a chance to show off her impressive pipes. We’ve already seen her get cheesed off with Chris Pine in the trailer for Into The Woods, and there’s a snippet of her achapella antics in the teaser for Pitch Perfect 2. But hey, maybe that’s just not enough for you. Maybe you need as much Kendrick as you can get your hands on. Is any of this sounding creepy yet?
In any case, you can get more of the same with the UK release of the trailer for The Last Five Years, a new romantic musical – or musical romance, depending on what you favour. Check out the trailer here, straight from Icon Films:
The Last Five Years is based on the Tony Award-winning musical written by Jason Robert Brown, and is directed and written by Richard LaGravenese, who helmed P.S. I Love You. The plot is told almost entirely through songs sung by Kendrick, who plays an aspiring actress, and Jeremy Jordan‘s talented novelist. The pair recount their love story, Kendrick from end to beginning, Jordan from beginning to end, meeting in the middle. It’s a pretty unique idea considering how adult the story is, and there look to be some pretty intense moments on the downturn of their relationship. The film is scheduled for a Valentine’s Day release unsurprisingly on February 13th, 2015.