Hey guys! Well, I have a little over a week until the Oscars, so that means it's time for a furious recap of 2016. Kicking us off is a highlight of some of my favorite trailers for films that came out over the course of the year! Do note that part: these trailers are for films that were released in 2016, so it is possible for a trailer to have been released in 2015 for a film being released in 2016 to make this list. Also, I don't claim to have any sort of knowledge on the finer points of making a trailer, so that's why this list is labeled "My Favorite" trailers instead of "The Best" trailers. So.....take that with a grain of salt. Either way, though, enjoy my recap!
Honorable Mention: The Accountant
Starting off the list is The Accountant. This trailer, like several others on this list, was vastly superior to the film itself, though it will lead to the primary reason why The Accountant shows up in my most disappointing films of 2016 list. Besides for the use of Radiohead's "Everything in its Right Place," which is my single favorite Radiohead song, the trailer also experiments with some pretty cool editing as it goes on to showcase the OCD lifestyle Ben Affleck's character leads. It introduced intrigue and mystery, and given the fact that Warner Brothers put it in front of every film between May and August, I saw it a lot. But every time I never complained so I knew it deserved a spot on this list.
5) Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Another trailer that was vastly superior to the actual film, Billy Lynn's primary claim to this list is the use of the Scala & Kolacny Brothers rendition of David Bowie's Heroes. Any trailer that reminds me of the trailer of The Social Network that used the Scala & Kolacny Brothers rendition of Creep is going to win points with me since that is probably my favorite trailer of all-time. However, this trailer also uses the song to build as its sequences are cut and edited to the song. I love trailers that do that (pretty much every trailer on this list does) and this one even takes it one step further and has a "cooldown." Most trailers will build and build and cut to black right at the high point because the idea is it makes you want to go see the film, but this one builds and builds then climaxes and actually has a coda. I don't know I thought that was a bold play. The movie might have been terrible, but this trailer is awesome.
4) The Magnificent Seven
The first trailer on this list to really use its music effectively, The Magnificent Seven featured a mash-up of music made especially for the trailer as well as a cover of The Animals's "House of the Rising Sun" by Heavy Young Heathens. It doesn't take much to please me with a trailer, and if you have awesome bits like Chris Pratt falling to the ground firing his gun and the reloads of said gun are synced up to the music in the trailer? I can watch that all day. Plus it's Chris Pratt. Which always helps. Oh! And you cut like half the trailer in time with triplets? Which are like the coolest things in music? Consider me sold. I wasn't too keen on this remake of The Magnificent Seven, but there's no doubt this trailer got me stoked for it.
(Beware that trailer has a lot of vulgarities in it)
These next three trailers are all in a league of their own. Coming in at number three and the only one on this list to not have its music be a central part of it, Deadpool's trailer makes this list because it is just so.....damn.....funny. It wouldn't have been on here if it just used the best parts of the movie, but Deadpool's trailer has some hilarious moments in it from the film. To this day, every time I watch it I laugh, and then afterwards I immediately smile because I know the movie is just as good as it. Not only that, but they actually changed some of these jokes up for the film! So even when you knew a moment from the trailer was coming it caught you off guard because they did something different. Deadpool's trailer is how you tease a film without revealing too much, but also make people confident that you've got an actually decent film on your hands.
2) Star Wars: Rogue One (Trust Trailer)
Ok. So, I'mg gonna do a bit of a tease myself leading off this one: Rogue One's marketing campaign is going to show up as one of my biggest controversies of 2016. Because there was a lot of clips used that ultimately were cut from the film in nearly every trailer, including this one, and at some point you cross a line between teasing a film and false advertising. THAT SAID. There really wasn't a trailer for Rogue One that got me stoked for the film like that final Star Wars 7 trailer did until this one. This trailer got me effectively pumped to see Rogue One, with its mixture of humor, action, and drama. It used clever editing from clips throughout the film to tell a coherent story within the trailer, and its climax gives me goosebumps every time. Even if it did feature that shot of Jyn seeming to take on a TIE fighter that we never actually saw.
So, I bet you're wondering what's number one on this list. You're probably going through your brain, wondering what films came out that had awesome trailers, and thinking, "Joe? What am I missing? What could possibly be your number 1?" Well, let me go ahead and piss all of you off right now with......
1) Suicide Squad
Alright, alright. Simmer down now. Look. I am not going to say that this was a good movie. It wasn't. It was actually hugely disappointing. But when this trailer dropped waaaaay back in January, we all lost our minds and had the audacious thought that MAYBE DC was going to drop a comic book film that some would've actually considered to be.....good. Well, that never actually happened, but what we were left with was EASILY the best trailer of 2016. It's over-the-top use of Queen's famous "Bohemian Rhapsody," as well as some pretty interesting establishing shots that certainly got people interested in the film are the main attraction here. But what I really liked was the editing. As the trailer goes on, they utilize the song more and more, and it culminates during the totally wicked jam section of the song, which is undoubtedly the climax of this trailer. The movie may have been, well, less than good, but the trailer was anything but.
Well, there you have it. My favorite trailers of 2016! Next up we focus on the biggest controversies of 2016. See you next time!
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