#4 – Django Unchained:
Can you really have a year with a Quentin Tarantino film and have its trailer not make a top ten list? The answer is no, no you can’t. Django Unchained took a previous Tarantino film villain in Christoph Waltz and turned him into do-gooder bounty hunter with shades of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., while also transforming perennial protagonist Leonardo DiCaprio into the worst sort of human being imaginable. Add in a period drama dealing with slavery (and, in my opinion, Tarantino’s best shot – the blood spray on the cotton field) and you’ve got yourself a damn fine trailer.
#3 – Les Miserables:
While it may not be the first film to feature actors singing live on set, Les Mis is certainly the first to do it with the likes of Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe. Adapting one of the most successful and long-running stage musicals of all time is a daunting enough task without the safety net of ADR, and the results are still up in the air as to how effective it was, but the film’s trailer focused wisely on Hathaway’s big song…and that’s enough to earn it this high of a ranking.
#2 – The Great Gatsby:
Originally expected to debut on this crowded Christmas day, director Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby first debuted its trailer over the summer in breathtaking 3D. The third-dimension was definitely made for Lurhmann’s style as the colors, costumes and coiffs all pop out and force you to take notice in this screen adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic. Add the top-notch cast and the oddly appropriate contemporary music and you’ve landed the second best trailer of the year…even if your movie got pushed back another five months.
#1 – The Avengers:
Was there ever any doubt? Before we got to see the Marvel superheroes unite in the feature, our first glimpse of their assembling was gifted to us in this trailer. The biggest film of the year, The Avengers was the culmination of years of previous films in the Marvel universe and simultaneously the bedrock of the comic book company’s cinematic future. It could have gone wrong so easily and yet everything lined up just right…starting with this trailer: