Just started watching the fourth season The Handmaid’s Tale and I remember why I prefer this show’s weekly release schedule: overeating is completely draining (Monica Hesse talks about this more eloquently in her review, mostly without spoilers Washington Post). The show has a mystery: it can’t kill its protagonist (which would be an incredible plot twist), and it can’t get her out of Gilead because that’s where the action unfolds. So June has to suffer over and over again. And more. After the first three episodes, June has already gone through a lot of suffering. For the rest of the season, I really hope to see A) much more Alexis Bledel and Samira Vili and B) something good will happen to June. Something.
Here’s a roundup of this week’s trailers:
West Side Story
The remake of Steven Spielberg’s classic musical is at first glance very similar to the original 1961 film (this side-by-side comparison from YouTuber Matt Scoot shows many differences). But while in the earlier film, white actors in makeup played some Puerto Rican characters, Spielberg was looking for Puerto Rican performers for his revamped version. Spectacular Rita Moreno, who played the original role of Anita in Spielberg’s version, and is also the executive producer of the film. West Side Story hits theaters (after a long COVID delay) in December.
Last 10-episode season Castlevania returns to “where it all began,” according to the new trailer. Netflix’s official synopsis says “Wallachia falls into chaos as factions collide” and mentions attempts to resurrect Dracula from the dead (!!). “This is the end of the world.” This is the last season with such a cast (Term reported that Netflix could launch a new series in Castlevania’s poems, but with different characters), so expect a lot of blood. Season four Castlevania drops on Netflix on May 13.
Okay, as a parent, I’m always a little wary of Disney / Pixar movies because they tend to be emotionally destructive for parents (see below). Finding Nemo, or maybe Inside out, or maybe the final scene Toy Story 3) (ahh and I just cried at first damn it). Luke is the story of two young sea monsters who become human when they are not in the water, exploring the surface world in a seaside town on the Italian Riviera. Seems safe enough and the trailer looks nice, but Pixar always understands you, so don’t say I didn’t warn you. Luke Coming to Disney Plus on June 18th.
Sweet tooth a post-apocalyptic tale based on a DC comic book, with Robert Downey Jr. as executive producer (this is the most Facets– have I ever written a sentence? Maybe.). Our hero is a very cute deer-boy hybrid played by Christian Convery, who is looking for a new beginning after society was turned upside down by something called The Great Crumble. Sweet tooth arrives on Netflix June 4th.
Rick and Morty season 5
Season 5 second trailer Rick and Morty starts where the first trailer left off, i.e. in the middle of a chaotic space battle? with cyberpunk birds? this is a parody of Power Rangers? Of course, why not. Rick and Morty returns to Adult Swim on June 20th.