The trailer for Marvel Television’s Cloak & Dagger dropped today, and I really liked it.
Sure, it went a bit heavy on the whole YA (Young Adult) angle, though when you take into account that it’s airing on Freeform–a name that sounds more like a type of women’s undergarment than a television network–which was formerly known as ABC Family.
What the trailer does well is set up a contrast between Tandy Bowen/Dagger (Olivia Holt), a well-to-do white girl and Tyrone Johnson/Cloak (Aubrey Joseph) a poor, struggling black teenager.
I haven’t see any of the ‘Divergent‘ movies–and I blame the Hunger Games because all these movies based on Young Adult novels pretty much feel the same for me. And while that’s not quite fair, there’s undeniably a similarity between many of them.
Which reminds me: I suggest that you see The Maze Runner if you haven’t already. Not because it’s a particularly good movie, because it’s not, but because it’s so nonsensical at times that it’s funny, (Though I am reasonably certain that that’s not what the filmmakers were aiming for).
Though this is about Allegiant, so let’s get back to it; maybe it’s because I haven’t seen any of the other movies in the series, but there’s enough ape-shite crazy stuff going on in the trailer that it looks like a lot of fun.
And I am reasonably sure that the movie will bring all the weirdness into focus, taking way the only thing that really separates it from the pack.
I think that the next movie that i am going to catch is Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. What’s most interesting about that is that I really disliked The Maze Runner. The story was needlessly elaborate, and often laugh out loud silly. And that’s not hyperbole. What unfolded on screen was so preposterous at times that I literally couldn’t restrain from voicing my disdain.
And that’s unusual for me because I typically can find something that engages me about most movies, even those that I don’t particularly like, though The Maze Runner, while it didn’t drive me to anger, did frustrate me.
So why do I want to see the sequel? It might have a little to do with me being curious if the sequel somehow redeems what came before.
And speaking of The Maze Runner, was there any point to Kay Scodelario’s character? She may be important to the books (I have no idea since I haven’t read them) though she didn’t serve any real purpose in the movie that I could see. She’s nice to look at, but while the males had something to do, she just ran around a bit and seemed entirely superfluous. I could see why the producers would want to introduce a female character, but it would have been nice if she were a little more than a warm body. Besides, Scodelario was pretty good in Skins, so I get the feeling that the cypher that was her character had less to do with her as an actress than with the writers not knowing how to handle the character.
Or maybe i’ll just catch Ant-Man again.
Is it just me, or do the Hunger Games movies come off as just a bit pretentious? Then again, I was never a huge fan of the movies–I watched them though they never reached the the level of something that I felt I had to see. I also wasn’t among those that read the Young Adult novels, so that might have something to do with it.
Or maybe it’s just the time between one chapter of the series and the next. I’ve grown accustomed to binge watching and enjoy watching movies in sequence, when I want to watch them, as opposed to a studio dictating when I should see something.
Or perhaps I’m tired of watching Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) being used by various factions. I know that President Snow is on the wrong side of history–dictators, whether in reality or fantasy–always tend to be, but Katniss always seemed to me essentially unable to control her own destiny, moved about like a pawn on a chessboard.
So I hope this third chapter has he at least becoming her own person, and taking control of her life from dictators and partisans alike.
I haven’t read any of the books that The Maze Runner was based on, but I really, really disliked the movie. Maybe it would have went over better if I had, but should you have to read the book to make sense of the movie?
(The answer is: Of course not!)
The setup behind the entire enterprise was so convoluted, so needlessly elaborate that I found myself laughing at some pretty odd moments.
Which is a good thing if you’re talking about a comedy, not so good if you’re talking about a drama and the scenes in question happen to be deadly serious.
With Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones, The Wire) joining the cast it should add a significant shot of gravitas, though is that really what the series needs?
Even more than just a cleaner, more logical screenplay?
This time around we see how serious President Snow (Donald Sutherland) is, as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) witnesses with her own eyes the wasteland that has become of District 12 (that looks vaguely like Germany after World War I, probably not a coincidence).
It also comes off as a bit manipulative toward Katniss. I understand why Plutarch Heavensbee (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) is doing what he’s doing, because he’s well aware of the power and threat that Katniss will eventually have to face, but she’s still being played.
“Part 1?” I think that that refers to the fact that the movie is being broken into a ‘Part 1’ and ‘Part 2.’ What I like about is that there’s an undeniable fascist (a word used way too often, mostly by people with either no idea what it means, or with the intent do bring about dissension) tinge to it that’s played perfectly.
Then there are the propagandistic aspects, such as the emphasis on certain words, like “unity,” “prosperity” and “sacrifice.” I was also wondering for awhile if Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) was computer generated, till he moved toward the end.
All in all, a very effective trailer.