We live in a time where we have teaser trailers for trailers themselves. Don't ask when this began, but it's probably the internet's effect on marketing movies. Either way, trailers are fun and a great way to get pumped about your favorite movies. In some cases, the trailer is better than the movie itself, so you have a little piece of goodness to hold on to. Anyway, here are my favorite trailers of 2014.
Not a ton of people know this (or maybe they do), but I'm a HUGE Fast and Furious fan. It all started when I got my wisdom teeth pulled, and I basically binge-watched (before binge-watching even existed) Fast and Furious 1-4 in one sitting. Ever since, I've been first in line at the theater when a new one comes out. This series has the incredible ability to reinvent itself to stay fresh, adding new characters and tweaking the genre along the way. Furious 7, in particular, is meaningful to fans since it's Paul Walker's last film in the series due to his unfortunate death. I absolutely can't wait for this film, and the trailer sent a rush through me that I can't explain.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy was one of the big surprises of 2014. I knew it would be good, but had no idea how good and creative it was actually going to be. The trailer gave us a glimpse into how much personality this movie would have, despite it being part of the whole Avengers story line. It wasn't a superhero movie, it was an action/scifi/comedy. Also, the music was incredible.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
The whole story about how this trailer got released was hilarious and absolutely crazy. The trailer was supposed to debut on Agents of Shield on ABC, but leaked a week early. In a matter of minutes, everyone had watched the low-res trailer for Avengers 2. Marvel, admitting defeat, then immediately took over and posted the hi-res trailer on their official Facebook page, and tweeted "Thanks Hydra" in response to the leak. They took it really well, and everyone got the trailer early. I'm sure that the tone of Avengers 2 won't fully match the tone of the spine-tingling trailer, but I haven't seen a villain as creepy as Ultron looks in a while. Later on, Marvel released the extended trailer (the one above), which includes an endearing scene of the our super friends all hanging out. No matter how you feel about superhero movies, this is going to be good, and I'll be seeing it day one.
While I thought the editing of the trailer was a little odd, there's no movie that could match my excitement of seeing a new Jurassic Park movie come out. When I was younger, I thought that Jurassic Park was the most original, cool idea for a movie, and it didn't disappoint. THE PARK IS FINALLY OPEN! I'm also excited to see Chris Pratt in a serious-ish role. (That guy is making money these days) Despite whether this movie is good or bad, I'll probably accept it into my heart. (Unlike those weird rumors of there being an Indiana Jones with aliens in it. So glad it doesn't exist)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
I already broke this trailer down ad nauseum, so no need to do it again. I will say it's crazy for my generation that we are finally getting an absolutely new Star Wars story. We knew Vader was Luke's father, we had a vague idea of what happened before the original trilogy. This is our first brand new Star Wars adventure that contains no preexisting canon. I'm nervous about how it will be handled, but I feel like we've all seen the mistakes of the prequels, and good old J.J. seems to get the importance of practical effects over CG. The trailer proves that there will probably be very little green screen involved. Star Wars is a cultural phenomenon not exclusive to my generation, but also my parents'. It is a big deal that Episode VII is coming out, so messing it up would yield some big consequences. (Also I'm happy Lucas isn't really involved)