Super Bowl 2016 Movie Trailers – Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

It’s that time of year where sports fans nationwide here in Britain force a momentary interest in American football. Once more, the Super Bowl has been and gone and yet again the Americans have proven to the rest of the world that they can put on a show like no one else.

But whilst the “biggest Super Bowl the NFL has ever celebrated” has passed, it’s left behind a plethora of new movie trailers, as is its traditional gift to the non-sports fans. Eleven new teasers for us all to enjoy and pick over! So without any further delay, let’s get stuck in with a thumbs up, thumbs down take on our latest look at some of the biggest films coming our way soon.

10 Cloverfield Lane:

A brief but intense tease for the Cloverfield sequel (sidequel?), and for a film so shrouded in mystery that’s about all that we could (and should) expect. John Goodman is looking excellent here. Thumbs up!

Captain America: Civil War:

No, there’s no Spidey to be seen, but yes, the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to impress in the run-up to its release. Thumbs up!


There’s nothing particularly new here for Deadpool, but what we do get is some always welcome hijinks and comedy from Ryan Reynolds. It’s not as good as the trailer which saw Deadpool kissing the “adorable” Wayne Rooney that was released recently, but it is another solid entry into the outstanding marketing portfolio for the film. Thumbs up!

Eddie the Eagle:

This barely constitutes as a trailer. It’s just a bunch of dudes telling us that the film is good. It does, in fact, actually look quite nice. Not that you’d know that from its Super Bowl spot though…Thumbs down!

Gods of Egypt:

It’s a minor improvement on the previous trailers released for Gods of Egypt, but honestly they were some of the worst trailers I’ve seen in recent memory, so the bar was set pretty low. The CGI looks bad, the acting looks bad, the film looks bad. Thumbs down!

Independence Day: Resurgence:

The trailer opens with an aerial shot of a stadium hosting the preamble to an American football match – how topical! Putting aside the reservations I have as to whether this film should actually exist, there’s some large scale destruction and Jeff Goldblum on show, so what’s not to like? Thumbs up!

Jason Bourne:

Paul Greengrass is back aboard the Bourne franchise as director. Matt Damon is back as the film’s star. Those two points alone are enough to get any fan of the series excited. For me, this isn’t the instantly pleasing first look at Jason Bourne that I was hoping for. It’s a franchise which whilst full of big stunts, car chases and explosions is also incredibly smart. This teaser seems to have forgotten the latter part of the equation, but with Greengrass calling the shots I’m confident that the smarts will be coming, so for now Bourne’s explosive return trailer will tide me over…just. Thumbs up!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2:

Well, Krang is in the trailer. That’s something. Otherwise, there’s nothing much that looks particularly inspiring here. It’s the second film in the latest of a multitude of TMNT iterations, so the sense of déjà vu you’ll likely be experiencing is to be expected. Thumbs down!

The Jungle Book:

The longest of the Super Bowl movie trailers, and unsurprisingly the warmest of the bunch as well. Everyone’s favourites are on show here for this live-action Disney remake – Baloo, Bagheera, Shere Khan and Mowgli, and the animals are looking stunningly brought to life. Thumbs up!

The Secret Life of Pets:

Poodles headbanging to System of a Down. Sold! Thumbs up!

X-Men: Apocalypse:

Another solid trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse. Plenty of glimpses of new footage, and Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse is cutting a menacing figure – Thumbs up!


Which of the new trailers got has gotten you most excited? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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