Super Bowl XLIX Movie Trailers And Commercials Ranked: Tomorrowland, Jurassic World, Furious 7 and More
Every year, we make a big fuss about our Super Bowl and as equal a fuss around the commercials that envelop it. But while Budweiser appeals to your love of puppies and horses, Hollywood is also shelling out big bucks to promote their upcoming movies. And while, in 2015, it's unlikely you haven't seen any footage from any of these movies, most do provide a new take on them, the best of which leave us wanting more.
As a result, we feel it's our duty here at BWP to arbitrarily rank these trailers based on which we're most excited to see after, at best, 58 seconds.
The sign of a good trailer is when you come out of it not knowing what exactly you watched or even what the movie is about, yet you still desperately want to see it. Disney's "Tomorrowland" has accomplished this perfectly so far in its marketing campaign. The only things I know about it is that it has George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, that girl from Under The Dome and a magical pin. And that's all I really need to be sold on the Brad Bird picture, and most of that I didn't even learn from this trailer. Tomorrowland hits theaters May 22:
2. Jurassic World
While Tomorrowland tells us next to nothing, "Jurassic World's" Super Bowl spot has a lot of information, but it's still all mostly good. Twenty years after Steven Spielberg changed cinema, the park is officially open, they're experimenting with new breeds of dinosaurs, and most importantly, Chris Pratt is training velociraptors, which is pretty much all I ever need to be sold on any movie ever. Jurassic World is in theaters June 12:
3. Furious 7
On the other hand, another surefire way to get me to see a movie is to have it include a) The Rock brandishing a minigun, or b) Vin Diesel driving a sports car through multiple skyscrapers, and "Furious 7" has both of those things, not to mention, of course, our last ever look at Paul Walker in a movie. Furious 7 comes out April 3:
Honorable Mention: Liam Neesons For Clash Of Clans
I've tried to stay away from Clash of Clans, mainly because I tend to get obsessed with them once I start playing them. But how can I possibly not now that Angry Liam Neesons is shilling for them? Who knew he used his phone for anything other than being menacing?
4. Ted 2
In the "Ted 2" Super Bowl spot, Mark Wahlberg and a bear voiced by Seth MacFarlane sneak into Tom Brady's bedroom in order to steal his semen via handjob. Then his penis glows like Marsellus Wallace's briefcase. This happened on national television, while 100 million Americans were watching. Ted 2 is in theaters June 26:
5. Heroes Reborn
Honestly, bringing Heroes back for a miniseries, as NBC is doing, is actually a pretty good idea. TV reboots have been mostly successful and there's redemption there to be had. But the Super Bowl spot is kind of sad when you think about it. It only shows us Jack Coleman and Zachary Levi since they're pretty much the only people who had signed on by the time they had to film this. That said, the 15-second teaser is a good way to start building anticipation for its return. "Heroes Reborn" does not yet have a premiere date:
6. Unfinished Business
I'm not exactly sure how he does it, but Vince Vaughn keeps roping us in for his movies, even though he hasn't made a good one since pretty much Wedding Crashers. Is "Unfinished Business" the one to break the streak? I hope so, because after that he's in True Detective and that's the thing I'm most worried about in 2015. In any case, Vaughn plays a businessman or something here, and Dave Franco and Nick Frost are also there. Also the trailer uses The Lonely Island's "Like a Boss", which is pretty cool. Unfinished business opens March 6:
Honorable Mention: Bryan Cranston for Esurance
Breaking Bad has been off the air for almost a year and a half now, which means it's pretty much time for companies to start taking advantage of it for advertising. In an ad for esurance, Bryan Cranston returns to his iconic role as Walter White to... sell prescription drugs. Does that mean he has to give one of his Emmys back?
Ted 2 may have had Tom Brady's luminescent penis, but "Minions" has fluorescent yellow things getting naked and licking each other. Once again, this happened during television's most viewed event. Minions hits theaters July 10:
8. Terminator: Genisys
There isn't anything tangibly wrong with with the ad for "Terminator: Genisys". It's a lot of footage we've already seen before spliced with a lot of action and our first look at younger CGI Arnold, but the reason why it's so low in this list is because I'm trying to mitigate expectations for it. I want it to be good, even though it seems like a lot of people don't want it to be. The odds are stacked against it. Just keep an open mind. Terminator: Genisys hits theaters July 1:
9. Pitch Perfect 2
It's tough to sell an a capella musical movie to the Super Bowl crowd, but a surefire way to do so is to have it include the Green Bay Packers. And also David Cross. "Pitch Perfect 2" is in theaters May 15:
Honorable Mention: Jeff Bridges for Squarespace
I listen to a lot of podcasts, so I know what Squarespace does, but after watching the Jeff Bridges commercial they aired during the Super Bowl, I'm not quite site anymore. Is he selling Lincolns?
10. Inside Out
While Disney did a great job with Tomorrowland, they took a different approach for Pixar's "Inside Out", which was advertised to viewers of the Puppy Bowl. Considering it's a completely different audience, it's not bad, but it is kind of odd. Inside Out hits theaters June 19. Watch the commercial by clicking here.
Does anyone really care about "Insurgent" at this point? Divergent did ok but it got a sequel basically by default. The spot itself is alright, but features no dialogue and tells us nothing about the movie, which may be for the best. Insurgent is in theaters March 20. click here to see the spot.
12. Fifty Shades Of Grey
50 Shades asks the Super Bowl audience if they're curious. The answer is no. The movie is in theaters, mercifully, next week. click here to see the commercial.
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