Every Friday here at Flavorwire, we like to gather up the week’s new movie trailers, give them a look-see, and rank them from worst to best — while taking a guess or two about what they might tell us (or hide from us) about the movies they’re promoting. This week we’ve got Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis facing off on the campaign trail; Matthew McConaughey bullying Emile Hirsch and Juno Temple; Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, and Emma Stone in a gangster pastiche; Todd Solondz directing Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow; and a few promising films set to premiere at Cannes. Check ‘em all out after the jump, and share your thoughts in the comments.
Let’s start with a bit of the official description, just to illustrate how overworked the plot sounds: “When 22-year-old Chris (Emile Hirsch) finds himself in debt to a drug lord, he hires a hit man to dispatch his mother, whose $50,000 life insurance policy benefits his sister Dottie (Juno Temple). Chris finds Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a creepy, crazy Dallas cop who moonlights as a contract killer. When Chris can’t pay Joe upfront, Joe sets his sight on Dottie as collateral for the job.” What this amounts to in the trailer is McConaughey cracking wise and sounding menacing in another of his cowboy hats, Hirsch running around with a face so bruised it’s nearly unrecognizable, and Temple doing a sort of Manic Pixie Damsel in Distress act. It’s possible McConaughey’s character will be interesting enough to save Killer Joe (or at least justify its NC-17 rating), but this trailer doesn’t me intrigued enough to find out.