The Tomorrow War Trailer: Still Pushing Chris Pratt As An Action Hero
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The Tomorrow War Trailer: We’re Still Pushing To Make Chris Pratt An Action Hero? 

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BY May 27, 2021

In yet another chapter in the continuing narrative that somehow wants to see Chris Pratt as a dramatic leading man or action superstar, there’s a new movie. Don’t get me wrong, I love Pratt’s Andy Dwyer from Parks And Recreation, and no one could have done Starlord better. But I’m not sure what unseen forces are continuing to make Pratt into a conventional Hollywood leading man when he’s so much better at being the antithesis of that. And nothing makes that more clear than The Tomorrow War trailer. The new sci-fi action flick that sees Pratt as a veteran drafted into a time-travel war looks like a hodge-podge of other movies we’ve already seen. But it hinges on a premise that has me sold. Despite all my aforementioned complaining. 

The Tomorrow War Trailer Looks More Of The Same

The Tomorrow War trailer Yvonne. Image via Amazon Prime Video.

So my last paragraph might have been harsher than I meant it. But it comes from love. The Tomorrow War trailer has a very cool premise. The everyday lives of people are interrupted when an army arrives from the future, informing them of war. They’re here to draft people from the past, to fight aliens in the future. Which already has a few problems built into the premise, but let’s move on. A veteran and a dad, played by Pratt, has to leave his loving wife and daughter behind to fight for their lives in the future. That’s really it. And it sounds cool. It has all the makings of a great sci-fi movie: reluctant bad-ass recalled into the fight, greater good ideology, save-the-world intentions motivated by love of family, aliens, time travel, and mind-blowing visuals. That last part did catch me off guard a little. 

The Tomorrow War trailer looks like things we’ve already seen in War Of The Worlds, Edge Of Tomorrow, Oblivion— a lot of Tom Cruise movies, now that I’m thinking about it. It feels like a generic sci-fi action movie, but with Pratt at the forefront. The parts that do look exciting are the awesome supporting cast. With J.K. Simmons (Invincible), Yvonne Strahovski, Betty Gilpin, and Sam Richardson along for the ride, the movie has my attention. Richardson and Pratt’s comic chemistry looks on point. Simmons looks like he did during those BTS Justice League workout pictures, making me wonder if this movie comes with tickets to the gun show. And Gilpin is amazing in everything she’s in. But the highlight here is obviously movie star Pratt. 

Chris Pratt Is Amazing; Just Not In Everything

The Tomorrow War trailer Action. Image via Amazon Prime Video.

Pratt is one of the more likable actors working in Hollywood, despite the results of the war of the MCU Chrisses. Before he entered into the MCU as Starlord in Guardians Of The Galaxy, the actor played a goofy character in the NBC sitcom Parks And Recreation. But after this MCU rise to fame, there’s been an odd push to make him a dramatic and/or action hero leading man. Movies like the new Jurassic World franchise and Passengers, attempted this, with mixed to negative results. 

Pratt has all the makings of it though, but his comic timing and self-awareness almost negate him from being that guy. Even in this The Tomorrow War trailer, the funny bits showcase how naturally charming and witty Pratt’s performances are. But then how forced and awkward he is when trying to be the gun-toting action guy. It just doesn’t work, at least for me. Whereas Starlord was, in many ways, a throwback to that 80’s action hero guy that the character thought he was supposed to be, resulting in something counterintuitive to that. 

The Tomorrow War Trailer Still Looks Like An Interesting Enough Movie

The Tomorrow War trailer Poster. Image via Amazon Prime Video.

Despite my impromptu Ted Talk about Chris Pratt, I’m still intrigued by The Tomorrow War trailer. The idea is just interesting enough for me to check this out. Time travel movies are always enjoyable, and this has a very watchable cast as well. And Pratt always delivers a likable performance, despite the quality of the movie he’s in. Not to mention the director is Chris McKay, the man behind both Lego Batman Movies. Although it still remains to be seen if the quality of those comedies will translate into this sci-fi entertainier. So I might just be curious enough to check this out. 

The Tomorrow War releases on Amazon Prime Video on July 2. 

Will you be watching Pratt’s new sci-fi action movie when it releases? Let m know in the comments below. 

Featured Image via Amazon Prime Video. 

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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.

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