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Trailer Reviews: Best Picture Nominees

By Ryan Swerdlin and Arvand Aidun in Arts & Culture

“The Revenant”- The trailer for “The Revenant” is a thrilling one including fighting scenes and well used imagery to develop a sense of adventure and attachment towards the main character played by Leonardo Dicaprio. In the trailer, Leonardo Dicaprio plays a westerner riding horses and shooting guns. In the trailer he is both opposed to some Indians as well as a group of westerners. The entirety of the trailer contains climactic music and a montage of different scenes, most likely from the movie or cut from the movie. The trailer is very dramatic and over all extremely persuasive in that if someone sees it they would want to see the movie.

Rating: 9.5/10 - We rate it this way because the trailer is buoyant. It also makes the viewer want to watch the movie because the plot is unclear through the trailer. Only awesome scenes of Leonardo Dicaprio riding a horse and killing poeple are shown.

“Mad Max: Fury Road” - Fraught with action, violence and explosions, the trailer for “Mad Max: Fury Road” is exhilarating and fast paced. The one knock on the trailer is that it lacks any semblance of a plot, and can be confusing if one is not familiar with the previous film. However, the trailer is loaded with scenes of exploding cars, crazy looking people screaming bizarre things, and high caliber weapons being fired.

Rating: 8/10 - While the trailer is exciting, riveting, chalk full of explosions, and successful in hyping the movie, it does a poor job showing that the movie has any plot or substance.

“The Big Short” - Laid back, easy going, and fun looking, the trailer for “The Big Short” is captivating due to the star studded cast and cool music. The trailers centers around a group of people meeting and discussing the problems that the major banks have. The group of people having conflicts with the banks are fighting against them. The trailer does not reveal the plot of the movie but the laid back repetitive music reveals a dramatic vibe.

Rating: 8.5/10 - Overall a very good trailer, lacking some excitement.

“Bridge of Spies” - The trailer for “Bridge of Spies” is an intense trailer that is comprised of both vocal and violent action centered around espionage. The trailer is captivating and leaves the viewer intrigued and wanting more. The dramatic tone creates a suspenseful atmosphere that perfectly captures the generic ‘spy’ theme. Overall the trailer is very good, and does what it needs to, but doesn’t do much to separate and differentiate itself from other trailers.

Rating: 7/10 - Very dramatic but lost points due to repetitiveness.

“Room” - The trailer for “Room” has a creepy feel, and focuses on a woman and a young boy who appear to be trapped in a shed. Unfortunately the trailer doesn’t do a very good job at intriguing the viewer, or making the movie look interesting at all.

Rating: 4.5/10- The trailer is hard to decipher, and gives off an uncomfortable vibe.

“The Martian” - This trailer is very exciting and action packed. It features music that sounds futuristic, spacelike, and calming. The trailer brings you into the world that is space. The trailer makes the viewer want to watch the actual movie and points towards dramatic scenes involving a fight to get the stranded astronaut off of the plant he is stuck on.

Rating: 6.5/10 - Lost points because it is marked as a comedy, it doesn't even look funny.

“Spotlight” - Dealing with an unusual and sensitive subject, the trailer for “Spotlight” does an excellent job making the movie seem interesting. The trailer shines light on the big issue of child abuse by church officials, that appears to be very secretive and mysterious. While the trailer is interesting it doesn’t seem very exciting.

Rating: 7.8/10 - Interesting, but somewhat lacking in action and excitement.

“Brooklyn”- This trailer is very welly designed. It shows a woman who moves to Brooklyn from Ireland and she falls in love with a man. She moves back to Ireland and meets another man. The trailer shows enough of the movie while keeping the details and the story secretive. There is very beautiful music throughout the trailer that makes you feel like you are in the Irish towns yourself, there is a hominess to the movie and it looks like a great see due to the trailer.

Rating: 9/10 - Well constructed trailer that has a feel good tone.

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