It was a sparsely-watched Super Bowl this year, as only 103.4 million people watched the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Patriots in order to win their first championship on Sunday. To say the mood in Boston is subdued today is accurate, and we’re now starting to slowly arise from the hangovers that came after everybody drank themselves into oblivion last night. Still, there was one aspect of last night’s game that didn’t disappoint, regardless of which team you were rooting for: the small previews for Hollywood’s largest summer offerings that were sprinkled amongst shitty commercials for Tide and Ram trucks like specks of gold in a muddy river. Here’s our ranking of this year’s Super Bowl trailers from worst to best, with appearances from the cast of the original Cloverfield, Tom Cruise, The Rock, a bunch of dinosaurs and a young Han Solo amongst many more.
The Cloverfield Paradox
Outside of a bold release strategy and a few appeals to your nostalgia for the first Cloverfield and those halcyon days when you were young and Netflix only sent DVDs to your mailbox, there’s really not that much here. You get a few glimpses of some weird shit (Chris O’Dowd’s arm!) and some destruction caused by an unknown force, and then the trailer’s over before it began. Plus, Netflix buried the lede here with their own coyness: Just say “Available After the Game” instead of “Coming Very Soon,” especially since your release strategy got preempted by the trades right before the game started.
At least we didn’t have to wait three months to get disappointed by the movie, which is garbage.