(Every week here at The Wire, we're bringing you an up-to-date ranking of the trailers that are already making us laugh, cry, and wonder if Jessica Chastain for sure is playing McConaughey’s grown-up daughter. Our methodology involves staff-wide rankings and YouTube views, and can even account for shocking variables like the fact that there’s no singing in a trailer for a musical.)
This Week’s Trailer Debuts
A lot of this week’s big new trailers were epic enough to make it into the top 10, but perhaps the most epic—The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies—didn’t make the cut. It does look pretty cool, but where is that dragon? We also saw a cute trailer for Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde’s romantic comedy/drama The Longest Week.
Movie Trailer Power Rankings as of August 1, 2014
10. Into the Woods (last week: --)
Perhaps the long-awaited debut Into the Woods would have scored higher if they’d included some goddamn singing among all the pretty images and boasting about their giant cast. Still, there’s an agreeably splendid look here, with nice and dark creepy undertones, and that soaring Sondheim score can’t be ignored.
9. Gone Girl (last week: 2)
There’s too much new business right now for us to really care about Gone Girl, but don’t worry, I’m sure we’ll be back to wife-disappearing and creepy Neil Patrick Harris soon. David Fincher’s atmospheric work is always a slow-burn, anyway.
8. Dear White People (last week: 3)
The Sundance hit holds on a little better but after two very viral trailers, we still have a long time to go before its Oct. 17 release date. Can the indie comedy continue to stoke buzz?
7. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (last week: 6)
After a ton of great teasers, we got our first look at some real footage from Mockingjay, with President Snow cracking down and Katniss taking up the mantle of rebellion. Not as inventive as the viral stuff, but still pretty cool.
6. Fifty Shades of Grey (last week: --)
This light-BDSM garbage romance didn’t make much of an impact last week, and it’s not out til next Valentine’s Day, but hey, that Beyoncé song, right? Seriously, someone needs to explain Jamie Dornan to me.
5. Mad Max: Fury Road (last week: --)
The internet is abuzz for this long-awaited sequel to the post-apocalyptic Australian trilogy, starring Tom Hardy and featuring a ton of cool car stunts. It’s great that George Miller is back to make a fourth Mad Max, but I need a little more before I put this at the top of my list.
4. Whiplash (last week: --)
The Sundance winner, about a demanding jazz teacher (J.K. Simmons) and his put-upon student (Miles Teller), sounds really intense. This new trailer, which debuted at the end of last week, looks…really intense. Really, really intense. Buzz for acting nominations starts now.
3. Wild (last week: 4)
Gone Girl and Dear White People may have slipped, but all Wild does is climb. Like Reese, climbing that mountain! Or hiking that trail! Whatever it is she’s doing.
2. Interstellar (last week: 8)
Christopher Nolan’s space epic makes a significant jump with the release of a new trailer that features way more space footage and Michael Caine reciting Dylan Thomas. Interstellar will be about wormholes and black holes, but it’s also be about family—can it tie it all together?
1. Birdman (last week: 1)
It’d take a lot to keep Interstellar off the top spot, and maybe if Birdman hadn’t released a newer, crazier trailer this week, it’d be dethroned. But nothing looks as vital or original as Alejandro González Iñárritu's dark, loopy comedy. The Michael Keatonnisance continues!