Best Trailers | The Best of 2015

Everyone can relate to the feeling: you’ve settled in to your seat at the movies, already full of popcorn, candy, and soda, and the lights finally go dim. The familiar green screen saying “The Following Preview has Been Approved for All Audiences” fills your field of vision and the true movie-going experience has begun. Not all trailers leave you buzzing into the main attraction’s opening credits, but these are the ones that left the most lasting impression all year long.

Everyone can relate to the feeling: you've settled in to your seat at the movies, already full of popcorn, candy, and soda, and the lights finally go dim. The familiar green screen saying "The Following Preview has Been Approved for All Audiences" fills your field of vision and the true movie-going experience has begun. Not all trailers leave you buzzing into the main attraction's opening credits, but these are the ones that left the most lasting impression all year long.


3. Listen to Me Marlon
Director
Stevan Riley
Stars
Marlon Brando
Brando was the original method man. He never knew the method as a convention, only as a lifestyle. And he paid dearly for it. He could have been a madman, but he was most definitely a genius and visionary, who sacrificed himself, and others, for art. – Brian Urrutia

2. The Revenant
Director
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Stars
Leonardo DiCaprio
Tom Hardy
Domhnall Gleeson
Will Poulter
Though some Bit Players might (rightfully) argue that The Revenant's trailer was far too revelatory of a major plot point, I can't recall a time a movie trailer floored me as much as this one. Everything about the film seemed so mysterious and vague up until the point the trailer dropped, and we finally had a glimpse of what we were in for. Using the opening, one-take, battle scene was a stroke of genius and I think my heartbeat echoed that of the overdub as it grew in pace and intensity. – Jeff Pearson

1. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
Director
J.J. Abrams
Stars
Daisy Ridler
John Boyega
Adam Driver
Harrison Ford
Carrie Fischer
Oscar Isaac
Domhnall Gleeson
I want to see a category in the Oscars for best trailer. They are truly an art form. If you’re looking to experience an intense emotional reaction in next two to three minutes, look no further than this year’s Star Wars trailers. The best trailers of the year were in reality all Star Wars trailers but somehow that didn’t seem right, so we had to lump them all together to include other movies. Teaser Trailer 1 gave us a perfect tease and got us unimaginably excited for the movie. Teaser Trailer 2 is when the true beauty began. We first got to see Han Solo and Chewie again. The music which was inspired by John Williams but was mixed by someone else made you feel all the feelings you ever felt from Star Wars. The first full length trailer was another work of art and gave us some great new images of characters and locations, which invited some speculation on the events of the movie. None of the trailers gave too much away and they were all absolutely superb. These trailers are the new benchmark for what a trailer can be. Take notes trailer-makers. – Anders Oster
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