Thanks to the box office success of Avatar and Alice in Wonderland, there’s now a glut of 3D films coming your way this summer. So we decided to take a look at some of the trailers of upcoming 3D flicks (ordered by release date) in order to figure out which ones seemed worth your while. Enjoy!
The Trailer: Well, the “dueling villains” premise seems fairly original. But you get the feeling that Despicable Me is trying way too hard to be cute and quirky, from the gibberish-spewing, pill-shaped minions to the little girl who really wants that fluffy unicorn doll. Plus, they felt the need to include a toilet joke in the trailer – never a good sign.
But Will It Be Good in 3D: Probably. There seems to be a lot of explosions, outlandish weapons, and general mayhem going on.
Release Date: July 9, 2010
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
The Trailer: The original Cats & Dogs is nine years old and terrible, and this shows no signs of being any different. The stilted dialogue (“I love being a spy dog”? Really?), the noxious singing squirrel, and even the title – a poor parody of a James Bond joke – all point to C&D:TRoFG being one of this summer’s must-not-see movies.
But Will It Be Good in 3D: Not unless the 3D version erases your memory of the film.
Release Date: July 20, 2010
Step Up 3D
The Trailer: The Step Up series has always been a series of loosely connected dance numbers with a hastily-tacked-on romance story, and they clearly haven’t tampered with that formula here. If you liked the first two films, you’ll probably like this one; if you prefer movies with a plot, then probably not.
But Will It Be Good in 3D: Do you like feet, arms, and other appendages thrust at your face? Plan accordingly.
Release Date: August 6, 2010
Resident Evil: Afterlife
The Trailer: The Resident Evil films are known for being terribly plotted and ridiculous. They’ve also got some of the best action sequences around and a smoking-hot protagonist. If you can turn your brain off and enjoy the mindless violence, then this is the film for you. If not, then don’t bother.
But Will It Be Good in 3D: Oh yeah. Shot with the same 3D system used to make Avatar, the customary slick action scenes will look amazing.
Release Date: September 10, 2010
Legend of the Guardians
The Trailer: It’s hard to make something as ridiculous as an owl wearing a fancy helmet look like a powerful warrior, but director Zach Snyder (who also did 300 and Watchmen) is trying pretty hard to make that happen. Still, the characters do look pretty adorable, so Legend has a shot at repeating Happy Feet‘s success.
But Will It Be Good in 3D: Having the characters literally flying around you should be a novel experience; probably worth your time.
Release Date: September 24, 2010
The Trailer: While it might seem a tad like Despicable Me, Megamind bears a whole lot more resemblance to internet sensation Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, right down to the handsome, charismatic hero we’re supposed to root against and the hapless villain protagonist. Still, Will Ferrell seems on top of his comedic game and that’s always a good thing.
But Will It Be Good in 3D: Yes, for pretty much the same reasons as Despicable Me.
Release Date: November 5, 2010
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
The Trailer: Look, let’s be honest here. If you’ve seen the previous 6 films and/or read the books, you’re going to see this movie, and if you haven’t, you’re likely not going to start at the end. Still, they seem to be setting up the momentous finale well, and it’s good to know that they’re actually spending money on the franchise now.
But Will It Be Good in 3D: Assuming they pull off the epic wizard duels, absolutely.
Release Date: November 19, 2010
The Trailer: Man, they’re really pumping out animated 3D movies this summer. Tangled is a take on the classic Rapunzel fairy tale, only with a heaping helping of rom-com added in. Seems pretty light and fluffy (appropriately enough for a hair-themed film), but the dialogue seems decently written. Well, except for “She’s been grounded like… FOREVER!”
But Will It Be Good in 3D: Only if you like seeing a lot of hair up close.
Release Date: November 24, 2010
The Trailer: The creators of Tron Legacy have clearly decided to go the dark, gritty reboot route, and it seems to have paid off since this trailer looks absolutely gorgeous. It remains to be seen whether the actual plot will ruin the well-loved original or stand out in its own right, but either way it’s good to see Jeff Bridges came back for more.
But Will It Be Good in 3D: Definitely. If nothing else, the special effects will be fantastic.
Release Date: December 17, 2010
Which upcoming 3D film are you most interested in?