Disney, horror and a taste of the French.
The Incredibles 2
It’s been 13 long years since we last saw the Parr family but the long awaited sequel is almost here. Everyone and their uncle have been waiting for this, it’s amazing that Pixar didn’t get the hint sooner. Due for release in Summer 2018, the newly released teaser trailer doesn’t reveal much about the story but it appears film number 2 will follow straight on from film number 1. At the end of ‘The Incredibles’ we saw baby Jack-Jack start to develop his powers, and it’s confirmed in this humorous teaser when his laser vision ends up burning a strip of his dad’s hair.
I will admit, I am a huge fan of the franchise. I loved the film, I played the PS2 games, I even kept a few toys that I got in the McDonalds happy meals…This is one that Pixar absolutely nailed. With the advancements in technology, I’m excited to see what mastery they concoct and normally with sequels, you get a bit nervous that the expectation is too high; but I don’t feel it this time. With the original actors returning to their roles also, the faith is high!
A Quiet Place
John Krasinski has made the transition from comedy to drama, and now he directs himself and wife Emily Blunt in new horror / thriller, A Quiet Place. As a married couple with 2 young children, they live as an isolated family; plagued by a unknown threat that tracks and attacks by sound. Therefore, they have to live life in utter silence; using sign language as communication and cushioning every hard surface to avoid the smallest of taps. We are unaware of what this threat is, but it seems animalistic and violent.
The trailer is so effective; the silence just creates this massive amount of tension that forebodes how intense the movie will appear to be. I think sound is one of the most powerful senses to manipulate in order to engage the audience and if the trailer is anything to go by, then this will be an interesting perspective for a horror film. I also appreciate the ambitious concept, I haven’t really seen it before so that just accelerates the excitement more. Take a look at the trailer and see if you feel it too.
Instead of focusing on the next American blockbuster, I wanted to talk about French director Michael Haneke’s bleak new drama, Happy End. Riding off of ‘Amour’s’ success at the 2012 Academy Awards, Haneke now brings together an impressive cast to portray a dysfunctional family living in Calais at the height of the refugee crisis. There are many elements to the story and each get a glimpse of spotlight in this fantastic trailer. Visually, it seems like my cup of tea. I adore the long, static shots and the style of it is beautiful.
Having read a few notes from hard-core Haneke lovers, this perhaps may not be up to scratch compared to Amour but it has already been entered as Austria’s official selection for the Academy Awards so it must hold some potential. I haven’t explored foreign films enough and every time I see a teaser full of substance such as this; it just wills me to do so; I urge you to do the same!
The Incredibles 2 will be released in the UK on the 15th of June 2018
A Quiet Place is due to be released in the US on the 6th of April 2018; UK date unknown yet
Happy End was shown at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year