New trailers: Wonder Woman 1984, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, In the Heights, and more

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Watch this week's best new trailers from Netflix, HBO, and more, including the adaptation of The Witcher and Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical In the Heights.
I recently saw Motherless Brooklyn, Edward Norton's adaptation of the two-decade-old Jonathan Lethem novel about a private investigator with Tourette syndrome. I've never read the book, but from what I gather, the movie is an almost complete departure from the text outside of its core conceit.

Departing from the book isn't necessarily a bad thing. Norton's instinct to play up the noir elements makes for a fun, slapstick twist on the genre at points, and 1950s New York is a lot of fun to explore.

But the movie also feels a little hollowed out. Norton basically jams a tour through The Power Broker (the famously thorough 1975 biography of Robert Moses, which has nothing to do with Motherless Brooklyn) into the core of his adaptation, without much to say about it. It's great historical drama, but it's mostly used here to give the characters something cool to see and do. That story deserves a whole lot more attention than what it's given.

Check out eight trailers from this week below.

Wonder Woman 1984

The first trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 came out this week, and it's really all about highlighting how stylized and 1980s this thing is going to be. Seriously, I have almost no idea of what's happening in the movie after watching this — this trailer is all about the vibe, and it looks like a lot of fun. The film comes out June 5th.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

So listen, this looks like a perfectly nice movie. But I'm completely puzzled why this is what we're getting after all the ridiculous hubbub over the last Ghostbusters. The last movie, from what I could tell, felt much like the original: four people, in New York, in a ludicrous comedy. This new movie is... weirdly serious? It feels like the Episode VII of Ghostbusters, ushering a new generation into a huge dramatic story. Except Ghostbusters is not a huge dramatic story, it's a silly comedy! What is happening here? It comes out July 10th.

In the Heights

I'm not a huge fan of musicals, but even I have to admit this looks like a lot of fun. In the Heights is an adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's first Broadway play, and it's directed by Jon M. Chu, who was recently behind a small romcom you may have heard of, Crazy Rich Asians. It comes out June 26th.

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