Why did I limit myself to just five trailers? Because I love to abuse myself. It’s just like when I walk down the ice cream aisle at the grocery store. I know I’m not going to buy anything, but for some reason I just can’t skip the frozen section completely. I have to remind myself of all the deliciousness I am missing. It’s a sick game.
There have been so many incredible trailers this year. The recent “For Prim” trailer for Mockingjay Part 2 was pretty special. The Comic-Con trailer for Suicide Squad is fantastic, and even the simple trailer for The Revenant left me wanting more.
But those trailers (and several others) just missed out on my top five…
No. 5 – The Jungle Book
Release Date: April 15, 2016
Director: Jon Favreau
Why It Made The List: You could say this trailer has the advantage of being fresh in my mind since it was just released this week, but I don’t think that’s the case. This trailer could have been released back in January, and I’d still remember it. Before this trailer, when people would say, “It was so beautiful it made me cry,” I didn’t understand what they meant. But then I watched this trailer, and I almost really did cry because it was so beautiful. And then you add in Scarlett Johansson’s haunting voice? You got me.
No. 4 – The Martian
Release Date: October 2, 2015
Director: Ridley Scott
Why It Made The List: This trailer shows you a little bit of everything. Humor, action, drama…the images look magnificent. And plus it has the line, “I’m gonna have to science the sh-t out of this.” That makes it worth the ticket right there. But just in case you’re still on the fence about the film, you should know real astronaut Rick Mastracchio saw an early screening of the movie and said, “it was fantastic. Highly recommend checking it out when it hits the theaters.“
No. 3 – Creed
Release Date: November 25, 2015
Director: Ryan Coogler
Why It Made The List: The first trailer for Creed was good, but the latest trailer you see above was great. It showed us why we should actually care about this story. But mainly, it made the list because of one brilliant acting moment between Stallone and Michael B. Jordan. The moment comes in at around the 1:40 — 1:50 mark. It gave me chills.
No. 2 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Release Date: December 18, 2015
Director: J.J. Abrams
Why It Made The List: I’ll be honest, I don’t know a lot about Star Wars; however, this trailer has made me excited to go watch the film. And if it made me (a person who doesn’t really care about the franchise) excited, then I can only imagine what this trailer did to the hardcore fans out there. They probably still haven’t recovered.
No. 1 – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Comic-Con Trailer
Release Date: March 25, 2016
Director: Zack Snyder
Why It Made The List: Do I even need to explain? I don’t care about Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas. You can have all the holidays. I just want it to be March again. The trailer continues to deliver the darker and more serious approach DC is taking now, which is something I truly enjoy. And the best part about this trailer? It finally convinced people that Ben Affleck will be a great Batman. The number of haters continue to dwindle. I know trailers can be deceiving, but it’s hard to see how this film will be anything less than amazing.