A few years ago, a longtime reader asked me, “Why do you post so many trailers?” I thought it was an odd question. “We’re a movie site. That’s what we’re supposed to do, right?” However, after that conversation, I began to notice that nobody ever clicks on the trailer posts, unless it’s for a Marvel movie or Star Wars or something huge, so we stopped posting so many trailers.
The upside is that, when I go to the theater now, many of the trailers I see, I have never seen before. It’s fun to experience a trailer for the first time in a theater. But many of our readers don’t go to the movies once or twice a week. Many of you only go see the “big” movies, and the “big” movies usually only have trailers for other “big” movies. Many of you have also cut the cord, or only watch television on Netflix or your DVRs, so you don’t even see television spots for movies anymore.
This is why millions of people who would love a movie like Green Room or Midnight Special or Sing Street haven’t even heard of those movies, much less seen the trailers. And since it’s become cost-prohibitive to review some of these smaller films, they’re sadly lost to time (unless they appear on the rapidly dwindling catalogue of Netflix, which will become the exclusive provider of Marvel and Disney films come September, which is great, unless you want to stumble upon a hidden gem).
So, let me put a few movies of the tearjerker variety on your radar. I have no illusions that readers are going to click on this piece and spend 10 minutes watching 3 trailers, but maybe one catches your eye, you click play, the trailer appeals to you, and you seek it out. And maybe we’ll highlight trailers from other genres in future editions.
Florence Foster Jenkins
This very British Meryl Streep movie comes from Stephen Frears and also stars Hugh Grant. It tells the true story of a New York heiress who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer in spite of her lack of singing talent. I saw this trailer a few weeks ago, and it looked insufferable and then Hugh Grant gave this little speech and Meryl started getting weepy and I may have gotten a little misty myself because who is not a sucker for a wealthy dying heiress who gets to try out her terrible singing voice in front of the troops, huh?
Me Before You
You may have seen the Me Before You Trailer about a woman (Emilia Clarke) who falls in love with a man (Sam Claflin) in a wheelchair. It looks really sappy, but effectively so, and Emilia Clarke finally gets to use her actual accent, which will improve her acting by 43 percent.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
The Ang Lee film with Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel, and Steve Martin, all in support of Joe Allywn, looks at first like a bad Hallmark movie, but it will leave you in a puddle of your own tears. It’s a terrible name for a film, and a hokey concept, but it will yank the tears right out of your goddamn face. (The David Bowie cover won’t hurt).