I’m in the middle of reading Pride and Prejudice for the first time after being a huge fan of the 2005 film adaptation for at least a couple years. It’s been fascinating to see the differences between the book and the movie (what they cut, the lines they shifted around, how they adapted a multipage explanatory letter into a dramatic scene). But the thing that’s stood out to me the most is just how inseparable the actors’ performances have become from the lines I’m reading on the page.
In a lot of ways, I suspect it’s like reading Shakespeare after seeing it performed — particularly because the lines aren’t entirely in modern English, and especially because Jane Austen’s dialogue is laced with so much understated sarcasm and quiet judgment. So having the performances and voices in my mind, even in dialogue that’s unique to the book, has brought the whole thing alive in a way that I don’t think I would have experienced otherwise.
I’m still not finished. But everything is very dramatic now, and I’m excited to keep finding the small differences in how it all plays out.
Check out 11 trailers from this week below.
House of Cards
Netflix is more than happy to make it known that it ditched Kevin Spacey. This very brief teaser for the final season of House of Cards has Claire Underwood standing in front of Frank’s grave and insulting him, but it may as well be Spacey she’s talking to. The final season premieres on November 2nd.
There have been many, many forgettable Halloween sequels and reboots, but Universal and Jamie Lee Curtis are giving it another go, and this one actually looks like it could be worth bringing everyone back. It doesn’t just look creepy; it looks big and fun at the same time. The story pits Curtis and Michael Myers against one another as two people singularly focused on revenge.
The Dragon Prince
Netflix put out a full trailer for The Dragon Prince, a new animated series about a group of teens in a fantasy world who are trying to heal a cultural divide and stop an oncoming war. Two of the show’s creators have backgrounds working on Avatar: The Last Airbender, which I think is easily among the best TV shows (or just trilogies, in general) ever made. And some very good news: my colleague Patricia Hernandez says there’s plenty of Airbender influence to be found, including its habit of creating truly complex characters that are never just one thing, even a villain. The show’s first season comes out on September 14th.
Netflix made a documentary that looks at the life and career of music legend Quincy Jones and the many artists whose work he influenced and elevated. Making the documentary even more interesting is the fact that it’s directed by Jones’ daughter, actor and filmmaker Rashida Jones. On one hand, that means it’ll be far from objective. But it also allows for a kind of intimate access that few other documentarians can match. It comes out on September 21st.
American Horror Story: Apocalypse
I’ve never actually watched American Horror Story, but it’s always fun checking out the show’s trailers to see where it’s going each season. This one seems to be taking things in a lot of different directions, but, as always, the visuals look incredible and all the characters look big and ridiculous in very fun ways. It starts up again on September 12th.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
I keep posting trailers for Nutcracker, and every time I write that, I am immensely suspicious of how it’ll turn out. But you know what, I don’t care anymore. This looks cool, and I love it. It comes out on November 2nd.
Speaking of movies with royalty and fancy dresses, here’s the trailer for a film that looks very weird in a very different way. The Favourite comes from Yorgos Lanthimos, who made The Lobster, and it looks like a very tense tale of betrayal and revenge. It comes out on November 23rd.
An Eternity’s Gate
The director behind The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, who is a painter himself, has turned his focus to Vincent Van Gogh for a biopic of the painter’s struggle to have his work accepted. There’s a great cast, and at the very least, it looks like it’ll be fun to see the film’s visuals echo Van Gogh’s famous works. It comes out on November 16th.
Anna and the Apocalypse
It was really only a matter of time: here we have a zombie-musical-comedy. The Shaun of the Dead comparisons are unavoidable, but that’s hardly a bad thing. In her review of it last year, my colleague Tasha Robinson said Anna and the Apocalypse “isn’t a particularly memorable movie,” but she also compared it to Buffy’s musical episode, which makes me think this film will be able to find some fans. It comes out on November 30th.
Netflix’s Narcos built a following after what initially seemed like a slow start. And now, the show is shaking things up with a new focus and a new location. Here’s a first look at where things are headed when the season premiers on November 16th.
Carey Mulligan looks enthralling in Wildlife, in which she plays a woman in a very classic 1960s family whose marriage is falling apart. The film is an adaptation of Richard Ford’s 1990 novel, and it’s also the directorial debut of Paul Dano, who doesn’t actually seem to appear in the movie. It comes out on October 19th.