Now Geek This: Big Game Movie Trailers


Whether you are a sports fan or not, I’m sure that you are aware that this past Sunday was the Big Game, which is the championship game for football for those who might not know.  It has a more commonly uses name, but the footbal people don’t like you to use it unless you pay for it, so I won’t.  One of the most popular features of the Big Game are the commercials shown during the breaks in gameply.  Companies spend literally millions of dollars on comercial spots during the Big Game, and the commercials end up being almost as popular as the game.  This year, there were also a couple of extended trailers for upcoming movies that I am very interested in.  I think the best way to discuss these trailers is to take each one individually.

The first trailer I will be covering is the trailer for Transformers: Age of Exctinction.  To be perfectly honest, I am a bit burnt out on the Transformers movies, even though I am a huge fan of the Transformers themselves, and I was not really that jazzed about this next movie, pun intented.  That all changed the moment I finally saw this trailer.  Sure, the first few seconds of the trailer failed to grab my attention, but that all changed the moment I saw Optimus Prime riding what appeared to be a giant, robotic dragon, or perhaps a dinosaur.  There has long been mention of the Dinobots being added to the fourth film, and this could actually be Grimlok himself, leader of the Dinobots, that was shown in the trailer.  I don’t think there is any fan of the Transformers that doesn’t love the Dinobots, and this one simple scene filled me with excitement and brought out my inner child just like the first Transformers film did.  I guess you could say that the trailer succeeded because it changed my mind about the movie and made actually excited to see it.  That was no small feat.

Transformers: Age of Extinction is set to release on June Twenty-Seventh of this year.

The next trailer we will be covering is for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  Let me start off by saying that I enjoyed the first Amazing Spider-Man movie, but I did not love it, which is a shame really because Spider-Man is my absolute favorite superhero.  Keeping that in mind, I had mixed feelings about the sequel.  The trailer for this movie is full of the action I expect to see in my Spidey movies, as well as the more personal, non-Spidey moments between Peter Parker and his supporting cast.  I am still not sure how I feel about Andrew Garfield as Parker/Spidey.  He’s not bad, but I don’t feel like he is enough of a social outcast for my tates.  I personally am also not a huge fan of Jamie Foxx, particularly as Electro, but I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.  I do love the idea of Paul Giamatti as the Rhino as I am a fan of his work.  In fact, I even like the idea of the Rhino being a large, robotic suit of armor.  I think that fits in nicely with the environment of the films.  The main thing that bother’s me about the movie is that it might be attempting too much.  Not only do they have both Electro and the Rhino as villains, but there is also a scene in the trailer of a version of the Green Goblin, plus the appearance of the mysterious man in shadows seen at the end of the first film.  Add to that a scene or two hinting at the possibility of even more villains and it appears that the movie might be building towards the introduction of the Sinister Six, which Spidey fans know is a team up of Spider-Man’s six greatest enemies.  As much as I would love to see the Sinister Six fight Spidey in the movie, I worry that it may be too early to introduce that concept to the movie universe.  I am concerned that the villains will not get the time they deserve to have their stories told properly, and the entire film will be a chaotic mess.  I am really hoping that I am wrong here because I have always loved the concept of Spidey fighting six of his worst enemies all at once.  I am trying to give Marc Webb the benefit of the doubt here and stay positive, but I keep thinking about other superhero movies in which they tried to do too much too soon, and I wonder if The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will crash and burn like them, or rise above and prove to be a spectacular film.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in theaters on May Second of this year.

Next up, I will talk about the trailer that I enjoyed the most, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  I am very excited for this movie, and this trailer only added to that excitement.  I loved the Winter Soldier storyline in the comics, and it looks like they could be staying true to that story in this movie.  I love the Winter Soldier as a character, and I can’t wait to see him in action.  I am also really excited to see the Falcon, one of Cap’s longtime friends and sidekicks, being brought in to the movie universe as well.  The Falcon is a great character, and they did an excellent job on his costume/uniform, and his wings look amazing.  Everything about this trailer screams fun and excitment, and I am so thrilled to see this movie.  This is a prime example of how a trailer for a superhero movie should be done.  Watching this trailer, as I have several times, makes me feel like this could be the best geek movie of the year.  I even enjoyed the line near the end of the trailer where the Falcon asks Cap how to identify the bad guys, and Cap responds by telling him that the bad gusy are the ones shooting at them.  That could be a cheesy line, but it works so well coming from Captain America.  The trailer for Winter Soldier is fun, thilling, and gets my blood pumping.  Of course, it also doesn’t hurt that it has the lovely Scarlett Johannson in it as well.  I can’t wait to see this movie!

Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens on April Fourth of this year.

The final trailer I will be commenting on is not actuall a movie trailer at all.  Rather, it is an ad for a televison show.  The show I am talking about is the return of 24.  I have been a fan of this show since the very first episode, and I was sad to see it end a few yeas ago even though it had begun to feel a bit stale.  I am very happy to see the show coming back, and evend seeing just forty-nine action packed seconds in this ad got me very excited for the return of main character Jack Bauer.  From what I have read about the new season, Jack will be on the run from American security forces, and I love that idea.  The return of 24 is like an old friend that you haven’t seen in years coming back into you life, and I could not be happier.  Welcome back Jack!

24: Live Another Day  returns to Fox on May Fifth of this year.

There were many commercials aired during the Big Game that will have people talking for a while about how funny or amazing they were.  In my humble opinion, it is these trailers that truly stole the show and got me excited.  This is going to an entertaining year.

That’s it for this edition of Now Geek This.  Thanks for reading and tune in next time for our next exciting adventure.