The one with Wonder Woman, PotC: Salazar’s Revenge, Baywatch and Colossal

Garrgh me harties as the good ship Admit One sets sail with Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge. We stay on the beach with a review of Dwayne Johnson and Zac Ephron’s Baywatch, examine the curious Colossal with Anne Hathaway and heap yet more praise on Gal Gadot and Chris Pine in the really rather splendid Wonder Woman. All this plus a splat of news, and a look back at the career of James Bond star, and legendary smoothie, Sir Roger Moore.

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Superbowl trailer roundup

Last night was the Superbowl, American Football’s biggest night and advertisers to pay over the odds to promote their wares. With millions of eyeballs glued to the astonishing comeback of the Patriots, it was a good time for a lot of new movie trailers to drop.t was the Superbowl, American Football’s biggest night and advertisers to pay over the odds to promote their wares. With millions of eyeballs glued to the astonishing comeback of the Patriots, it was a good time for a lot of new movie trailers to drop.

Without further ado, here they are:


Logan, to a haunting version of ‘Amazing Grace’ – Genuinely raises the hairs. This is one hell of a trailer, backing up everything we’ve seen of this film so far. I think this is probably unmissable now:

Transformers: The Last Knight

From how to really stick together a trailer, to how not to. I have three Transformers trailers and none of them make any sense whatsoever. Lots of expensive CGI floating about the place, Mark Whalberg looking confused and, this time, no knights in armour, castle or dragons.

Nope, I haven’t a clue.

Ghost in the Shell

Nothing new here IMO. Still a interesting trailer and a great manga.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

It’s everyone’s favourite space saving, alien bashing do-gooders and this time it’s really action-packed. This little trailer shows that a lot of the movie seems to take place in deep space, virtually everyone is back from the original, and that zany, misplaced, knockabout humour is present and correct. In short, it’s a blast.


This is getting heavily promo’ed, so someone somewhere thinks this is going to be a hit. It is funny, and the chemistry between Ephron and The Rock is great. I still can’t see how this thing holds together yet.

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 (“Salazar’s Revenge” in the UK)

This, Johnny Cash soundtrack not withstanding, looks rubbish. Remember that by part 3 the supernatural element was pushed to the max and no-one had a clue what was going on? This appears to have turned that up to 11.

One to miss?

The Fate of the Furious

F8 appears to say an big FU to logic, physics and sanity. I like the Stath squaring up to The Rock, with the Brit channeling some of his over-the-top persona from Spy. All the same, this looks… iffy. probably, like XXX, utterly critic-proof though.

A Cure for Wellness

This still looks brilliantly unsettling body horror. Not, I must admit, my favourite type of film, but the craft on show looks like it’s well worth a look.


More horror with Jake Gyllenhall, Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson discovering life in outerspace. It looks like the shiny SFX of gravity with the sci-fi horrors of Alien. This is not new ground and it has been trodden by many a bad movie before. Let’s see how this pans out.

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Trailer roundup

Ahhh, ’tis the season to be  …. inundated with movie trailers apparently.

So here we go again with another look through what’s coming up, either good … or bad.


Christopher Nolan, off the back of stupendous success with the Dark Knight trilogy, Inception and Interstellar has chosen to give us Dunkirk, a film of the saving of a large chunk of the British army during the incredibly successful German offensive of 1940. Ultimately the retreat from France was a defeat, but the ‘miracle’ of Dunkirk was a victory as the astonishing rescue operation saved the bulk of Britain’s fighting force at the time and gave the country hope that they could possibly fight back against the Nazis.

I like the look of this, it’s not skimping on scale or visuals, the effects, sets and costumes look real. What you don’t get from the trailer is any sense of the characters we’re going to meet (with the exception of Kenneth Branagh) and in a film of this size, it is our relationship with the characters that will make or break it.

Still a great cast, and Harry Styles, Dunkirk opens in June.

John Wick: Chapter 2

 We’ve seen this before, but here’s a second trailer. It looks like more of the same, but that’s not a bad thing as the original John Wick was a blast of fresh air, wrapping a so-so revenge plot in  bombastic action sequences and an interestingly detailed world of archaic rules, honour codes and fifties tech.

Looking forward to this – also compare and contrast with the XXX3 trailer… aaand discuss.


Okay this looks terrifically muddled, but it does have the Rock (who is worth a watch in anything he does) and it does have Ephron (who is maturing into a very good comic actor) and the two of them together appear to have a lot of chemistry.

File this under cautiously looking forward to it.


Warning: Red Band trailer!

So I guess your feelings about this film will depend on your feelings about Amy Schumer. Personally, and I don’t know how she does it,  I find she successfully treads a very fine line between comedy and vulgarity and this trailer is definitely right up Amy’s street with desperately embarrassing situations and explicit dialogue wrapped up in a slightly desperate “I try to be good” attitude.

Anyway the real highlight is Goldie Hawn, in her first film since 2002. She looks amazing and still has all the comedy chops that made her famous.

This looks filthy, but possibly hilarious. However am I the only one who thinks the kidnap plot is a bit un-necessary? Surely there’s enough material with an awkward mother/daughter holiday situation?

Blade Runner 2049

Okay, so where to begin this this?

It looks like the original, in fact this is the most classic-Ridley-Scott-looking film I’ve seen since, probably, Black Rain (look it up).

The world looks meticulously re-created, that distinctive visual style is in every pixel, and the mood, that queasy mix of threat and wonder, seems to be perfectly re-created.

Then there’s the music, which is SO important to Blade Runner.

Oh, just wow. What a great trailer and I am so hopeful that the impressive talent involved with this film are , finally, going to pull off a worthy sequel.


As ever, what do you think?

The one with Sully, Moana and Allied

Twas the week before Christmas … and Simon and Mat are back in the pub doing what they do moderately well with a bumper edition of Admit One Movies packed with comment and attitude.

In this episode the boys raise glass to Kirk Douglas not being dead, discuss the Golden Globe nominations, moan about the long-running Passengers trailer and the short running Silence trailer, love Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 trailer, discuss The Mummy trailer and the wider Universal Monsters franchise, puzzle over Baywatch, puzzle further over The Fate of the Furious and further still over XXX: The return of Xander Cage and the phenomenon of trailers for trailers while considering Spiderman: Homecoming.

Reviews of SullyMoana and Allied round out a very full show.

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