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. We’ve got eight new trailers for you this week, featuring Jeremy Renner, Penelope Cruz, Emile Hirsch, Marion Cotillard, Kristen Stewart, and Peter O’Toole; check ’em all out after the jump, and share your thoughts in the comments.
Atlas Shrugged Part II
Look, the Randians can make all the damn movies they want out of Atlas Shrugged, and fill ’em to the brim with far-right dog whistles and red meat (“The government takes what they want, and taxes what they leave behind!”) — that’s their prerogative, everybody deserves their own preaching to the choir movie, etc. What’s funny about Atlas Shrugged Part II, which we’re far from the first ones to point out, is that Atlas Shrugged Part I was a spectacular failure on not just a critical level, but a financial one; it barely grossed a quarter of its $20 million budget. And yet wealthy businessman turned film producer John Aglialoro believes so strongly in his projected trilogy of Atlas adaptations that he’s ponied up again for part two. It’s strange: the free market rejected his initial offering, yet he’s carrying on with his mission. For the common good, we presume?
So, that’s hilarious. And so is the trailer, which — in spite of the replacement of pretty much every cast member and the director of Part I — looks about as subtle as a tea-bagging.