Lost in Previews: The Top 10 Trailers of 2012

Life of Pi poster 2It’s the end of the year, which means I get to go back through all of the Lost in Previews posts from 2012 and pick out my favorites.  Some I have known since the moment I saw them that they would be in this list.  Others I have to be reminded of their greatness.  Just during December, there have been a lot of trailers coming out to run with some of the biggest films being released during the holidays.  Those trailers would have augmented any list I put together before now.

I like seeing other people’s top trailers list, even though I may not agree with them.  Post your own list or feel free to post the link to another movie site’s list.

To find the original posts for the trailers, click on the highlighted words.

Without further ado, here is my list (not in any particular order):

1) Man of Steel – both the teaser trailers and the first full trailer have me really excited for this film.  The trailers all use great music with both subtle and stunning imagery.

2) Prometheus – Just the opening of the second trailer for the film will get you.  With its opening on the river and waterfall and the looming ship overhead combined with that looming score in the background.  You get a series of images that set the stage for telling the story of the trailer.  It gets quiet and then it all descends into madness.  I was not let down by the film.  While some did not like it.  It made my top ten for the year.  We shall see if it ends up in The Batemans.

3) Snow White and the Huntsman – the first trailer made my list for 2011, and the second trailer is making the 2012 list.  I still love the world that was created and the take on the tale.  It showed more than the teaser, and how evil this queen really is.  I was a bit let down by the film itself, but I am looking forward to seeing what they do with the second film.

4) Anna Karenina – Considering this was the only trailer for the film, it knocked it out of the park.  Beautiful score and images sets the stage for the unique take on the classic novel.

5) Les Miserables – From the first few words Anne Hathaway sings of “I Dreamed a Dream,” you know what the trailer is for.  I watched this trailer quite a few times when it first came out, and it was better on the big screen.

6) Life of Pi – I am not a fan of the second trailer, but the first trailer is beautiful and definitely made me a little emotional during it.  It ended up being a great film as well.

7) Cloud Atlas – After the somewhat confusing extended first trailer, the second trailer did a more concise job at kind of explaining the film and giving you some idea of all the worlds or times you would be travelling to.  I like the score that is used as well.  I kick myself that I never saw the film.

8) The Great Gatsby – Both the first and second trailers for the film have that certain Baz Luhrmann effect.  Not the typical trailer you would see for a film based on a classic novel.  I love the music used mixed with this setting.

9) Star Trek: Into Darkness – still blown away by both the “announcement” trailer and the first teaser trailer.  So stoked was I that I went to an IMAX theatre to see The Hobbit just to see the prologue, which was really just the first few minutes of the film.

10) The Dark Knight Rises – While this is not my favorite TDKR trailer, it is still pretty great.  This is the third trailer for the film.

Runner Up: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – I did not include this in the top 10 because I might be partial to it just because I really like the novel.  I am still flabbergasted that they put together such a great trailer (and not a teaser) when filming just wrapped.  I was pretty doubtful of this project because of the director, but now I am pretty excited for it to hit in August.

Honorable Mentions: G.I. Joe Retaliation Trailer 1, Rust and Bone, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Words, and Ted Red Band Trailer

Until next year . . .

by Sarah Ksiazek

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