8 trailers that have us hyped this week: Pokémon, Taylor Swift, and more
A million movie trailers drop online every week, which can make it hard to keep track of what’s actually coming up in theaters and on home screens. To help parse the endless stream of upcoming movie and TV releases, we’ve assembled a list of the most exciting (and in some cases, weirdest) trailers that came out this week, along with a hype level rating, tracking whether these particular trailers actually excited us about the upcoming product. Afraid you might have missed something? Fear no more.
This week, we’ve got a mixed bag, from horse girl energy to a Pokémon remake, and even a glimpse at some upcoming wars in the stars.
HE RHYTHM SECTION
Here’s my beef with The Rhythm Section: You cannot title your movie The Rhythm Section and not have it be about a band. A repeated motif in the trailer, which sets Blake Lively up as a woman out to get revenge against the people who took her family from her, is that the body must be thought of as “the rhythm section.” “Think of your heart as the drums, your breathing as the bass.” Ugh. It’s the clever kind of dialogue that works for one scene, but not when repeated, and definitely not as a title.
Movie release date: Jan. 31 in theaters
Hype level: 2. Blake Lively looks great in wigs, but come on, you could have called this movie anything else.
Alison Brie stars as the titular horse girl in Horse Girl, though the movie itself seems to be less about the term (which refers to anyone who was obsessed with horses in adolescence and sometimes beyond) and more about one woman’s non-horse-related breakdown. Sarah (Brie), whose family has a history of mental illness, finds herself coming unmoored just as she begins trying to make new friends and even embark upon a tentative romance.
Movie release date: Feb. 7 on Netflix
Hype level: 4. Looks fun, but the actual “horse girl” element seems to be missing.
POKÉMON: MEWTWO STRIKES BACK — EVOLUTION
YOU TEACH ME AND I TEACH YOU — this is basically Pokémon: The First Movie, but with a CG makeover. So we’ll get to relive that tragic scene where Ash dies and all the Pokemon cry and their tears heal him … but in swanky stylized CGI! Will it live up to our childhood memories? We’ll find out!
Movie release date: Feb. 27 on Netflix
Hype level: 7, reserving full-on hype because what if this isn’t as heartbreaking and tragic as it was once upon a long time ago? It sure looks gorgeous though.