The top 5 movie trailers of 2015
Ah, the movie trailer. What was once just an advertisement has arguably become a piece of entertainment in and of itself. A trailer can make or break a movie, considering its our first impression of what we'll get in the theater, but it can also be misleading. Good movies can have bad trailers and bad movies can look a little better in short form.
We've rounded up the five best trailers (and one worst) from 2015.
5. Magic Mike XXL
When you don't need words to get your point across, why bother with them? The first trailer for the super-sized sequel to Channing Tatum's male stripper extravaganza relied on two things: Abs and Pony by Ginuwine. It didn't need anything else.
4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (trailer 2)
"Chewie, we're home." Even if the second Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer (the one that debuted at Star Wars Celebration in April) had shown us nothing but that short clip of Harrison Ford back as Han Solo with Chewbacca at his side, it would have enough. But the second trailer for the film also managed to whet fans' appetite about the new characters in the movie without giving too much away. The final trailers may have showed more footage, but this is the one that made us truly believe in the Force again.
3. Hail Caesar!
Anything with Channing Tatum in a sailor outfit is amazing, but add George Clooney and all the other antics of the Coen Brothers' latest film and you have a masterpiece. Even just the short two-and-a-half minutes of the trailer smacks of their distinct visual style and humor. We can't wait for this one in 2016.
2. Suicide Squad
This is the trailer that may save DC Comics movies. After some "meh" reception to the trailers for Batman v Superman, the trailer for DC's upcoming supervillain team up blew fans away at Comic-Con this year. And it's easy to see why. In a pop culture landscape where we're bombarded with superhero movies, Suicide Squad managed to stand out with its particular darkness and weirdness, plus stunning visuals and an excellent use of music with I Started a Joke.
This trailer is almost as brilliant as the movie itself. It tells its own story, from the cold open to the reveal of Sylvester Stallone returning as Rocky at the end. The music, the clips they showed, the wonder that is Michael B. Jordan, it's all working together to both give you a glimpse of the film and leave you wanting more. A knock out, one might say.
Bonus: And the worst trailer of the year is ... Fantastic Four
What the heck was this trying to say? Is it Interstellar? Is it a superhero movie? Is it anything? We should have seen the red flags. Let's just block this out of our memory and remember how good Jordan is in Creed.