IT’S HERE! I’m pretty late to the party so it’s highly likely you guys have seen the trailer already but here it is anyways:
Ok, time for the rant!
First of all, I have to address the Shadowhunter vibes. To all YA adapations, please stop using Ruelle songs. It’s like you want to be synonymous with bad adaptations of books. If that’s what you’re aiming for, go for it, but I’m sure you don’t want that. I get that her songs sound angsty and teenagers are angsty but I don’t think that was the way to go for this specific book. It needed a more badass soundtrack.
The biggest complaint I probably have with the trailer is the way it treats the kids’ powers. It feels like they’re trying to sell it as a YA X-Men and I don’t like that. I really liked the road trip escape in the first book but it seems in the trailer that they’re just focusing on explosions! Telekinesis! Sparks! There’s also this scene where Liam uses his telekinesis to move Ruby towards him…. WHAT THE ACTUAL HELL WAS THAT? Cringe, cringe, cringe. It’s such a cliche teenage movie move that makes me so annoyed because The Darkest Minds has a really solid romance but that scene is just no.
It’s really screwing with my mind how Amandla Stenberg is in like every single YA adaptation right now. You could say she’s in everything… everything 😉 She was really likable in Everything, Everything though and we all know she can do YA dystopia so I’m looking forward to seeing her as Ruby!
I feel like the trailer is trying to channel Hunger Games vibes both tonally and visually. The scene where she puts up her hand and everyone follows… is that not just the three finger salute from Hunger Games? Maybe I’m just really sick of dystopia in YA but it just seems like they’re straight up copying. I really hope they flesh out the interactions between the Black Betty gang and not just focus on the revolution aspect of the series. They have the potential sequels to do that but I want to love the characters in the first movie. Side note: didn’t they basically spoil the Ruby mystery from the first book with the paint?
Last thing: WHY IS ZU NOT BALD? At least she still has the yellow gloves though so 👍
So did I like this teaser trailer? Not reaaally. Will I watch the movie? Most likely yes. I can’t help myself 😂 Anyways, what did you guys think of the trailer?