I’m not going to lie, I haven’t been this pleasantly surprised by a trailer in a long time. When I first heard about Beast, I dismissed the idea without giving it a second thought. The film is basically about a group of people being attacked by a rogue lion, and I thought that sounded kind of corny. But I’m happy to report that it looks like I was wrong. The trailer for Beast completely won me over, and the movie now sits firmly near the top of my most-anticipated list.
So how did the Beast trailer win me over? It’s quite simple, really. For starters, the characters are all great, so even though I haven’t even spent three minutes with them, I already can’t wait to get to know them better. Granted, most people aren’t going to watch this film for the humans, but they’re more important than you might think. Human characters are the backbone of any good monster movie, so if a film gets them right, that’s half the battle.
Secondly, and probably most obviously, we have the lion itself. Just from the handful of shots we see in this trailer, we can already tell that this thing is going to be an absolute monster. It looks like it’s genuinely out for blood, and it’s not going to stop until it gets what it wants. In fact, this thing is so scary you could easily forget that it’s only a lion and not some sort of unkillable supernatural monster. It’s just that terrifying, and if it has that effect in a trailer, I can’t wait to see it in the full movie.
And thankfully, that wait isn’t going to be too long. Beast hits theaters on August 19, and if it’s as good as the trailer suggests, we’re going to be in for a real treat.