Last month Chris posted his top 10 trailers of 2014, but I also wanted to weigh in with my favorite trailers of the past year. You might be surprised at which trailers did and didn’t make the cut. For instance, one of the trailers below is for a movie which has yet to begin principal photography. And no, the top trailer on my list is not the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer. Find out the best movie trailers of 2014, ranked by me, after the jump.
15. Iron Sky: The Coming Race Teaser Trailer
I have to admit that the trailer for Iron Sky got me excited, but for some reason or another I have never actually seen the film. The concept looked so ridiculously fun and pulpy, with the Nazis setting up a secret base on the dark side of the moon in 1945 where they hide out and built a space fleet to return in 2018 and conquer Earth. The first promotional teaser trailer for the sequel, Iron Sky: The Coming Race, is also great.
Set twenty years after World War III, the survivors must fight against Adolf Hitler & his army of dinosaurs. Sure its partly shock value, but I just love the ridiculousness of it all.
14. Birdman Teaser Trailer
I love that this teaser trailer opens on a single steadicam shot introduction of Michael Keaton’s character. The only reason this teaser isn’t higher on this list is that I feel it incorrectly tries to sell the film with the explosions, action and super powers of the superhero movie that the screenplay and character despises so much. But I love how they cut a slow-jam version of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” to the more visually striking imagery from the film, not revealing much about the story itself. And in the end it doesn’t take itself too seriously, instead concluding with Keaton’s hilarious backstage brawl with Edward Norton’s character.
13. Knight of Cups
I may not be as deeply in love with Terrence Malick as many as my fellow film geeks, but I can appreciate his work — especially when presented in a short digestable trailer. I love the rhythm of this trailer edit, packed with beautiful images and an almost poetic presentation, offering us glimpses of the film but not revealing too much. This is something you will find with many of the teaser trailers on this list.
12. Guardians Of The Galaxy Second Trailer
This might not be as surprising as the original teaser trailer which premiered at Comic Con in 2013, but its a fantastically edited introduction to the insane craziness of Marvel’s galactic heroes. And of course, selling the film with its retro pop score headlined by “Hooked on a Feeling” was a brilliant choice.
11. The Grand Budapest Hotel First Trailer
The great thing about this trailer is how many laughs it packs in under two and a half minutes. Yet it still maintains Anderson’s comic pacing, taking moments to sit on a wide shot in silence in between parts of the fast-cut montage.