Look, the first trailer for The Predator was not great.
The second trailer was an improvement, but still felt a little janky.
This final trailer, though? This...this is the good stuff.
For months now, I've been beating the "But the Predator script is actually a lot of fun!" drum in the face of a whole bunch of skepticism, much of which was caused by those muddled first trailers. Then Evan caught the Predator panel at this year's SDCC, and finally I had someone to get my back on this: this movie has the potential to be a goddamn blast. If Black filmed the screenplay he wrote - and this trailer, above all else, suggests strongly that he did - we are in for a wild time in a couple of weeks.
Your mileage may vary, of course. Maybe you're not into a Shane Black-ified version of a Predator movie. Maybe you prefer your Predator movies to be a bit more self-serious, a bit less over-the-top. That's fine. But from where I'm standing, this is precisely the sort of spectacle I wanted out of a new Predator. Give me new tech, new creatures and a group of unhinged lunatics forced to come together to save the world from a ridiculously-overpowered alien threat. Give me Olivia Munn playing a scientist and Sterling K. Brown dropping F-bombs like his job depended on it. Give me a Predator movie that functions like a roller coaster, and invest it with all the snappy dialogue I have come to expect from a Shane Black film. Give it to me now.
The Predator opens on September 14th. Y'all into it or nah? Sound off below.