This week’s movie trailer sneak peeks all have a certain theme running through them, one of finding purpose, discovering who you truly are, even if you are a dog…
A Dog’s Purpose – Universal Pictures
We start this week with A Dog’s Purpose starring Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, Juliet Rylance and Josh Gad as the voice of a dog. The film chronicles a dog’s journey through several lives via reincarnation and how he looks for purpose through each of his lives. The film is based on the 2010 novel written by American humourist W. Bruce Cameron that was a New York Times Bestseller for forty nine weeks straight.
There isn’t really much to be said about this film other than the fact that it is stunning that this is in existence. Now, the book is clearly a success, however, does no one else think that this is a ridiculous story for a film. It’s so overly cheesy, Josh Gad’s voiceover in the trailer is nauseatingly saccharine and it’s astonishing that anyone was convinced to work on this film, let alone Dennis Quaid!
However, this is just one opinion, clearly there’s something to it as Lasse Hallstrom is a very accomplished director and it has a pretty great cast. We’re going to have to wait to be proven wrong on this one as it doesn’t hit cinemas until January. But come on, it can’t be any good…can it?
Certain Women – IFC Films
Next up, and holding slightly more promise is the trailer for Certain Women. This is a film that has already garnered acclaim from critics after its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, praising the “mesmerizing effect” of the film’s slow pacing and director Kelly Reichardt as a “master [of] slow burning, melancholic dramas”.
The film tells three intersecting stories based in Montana that feature a lawyer played by Laura Dern, a married couple played by Michelle Williams and James Le Gros and a ranch hand played by Lily Gladstone who falls for a young lawyer played by Kristen Stewart.
It certainly looks like it has great potential to be a huge success for an independent film that only had a budget of two million dollars. It is also pleasing to see a film that is garnering such critical acclaim and success that is centred around a cast of strong independent female characters. Diversity in film roles is certainly a hot topic at the moment and the lack of strong female roles is a big issue. Films like this have the ability to change the status quo and push down barriers of inequality that will hopefully lead to films like this getting bigger budgets and more attention. Certain Women will be released in October.
In Dubious Battle – AMBI Pictures
Lastly, James Franco is joined by a ridiculously star-studded cast for In Dubious Battle. Based on the John Steinbeck novel of the same name, In Dubious Battle tells the story of an activist who gets caught up in the labour movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s.
Not only is James Franco starring in the lead role but he is also directing and is joined by the likes of Nat Wolff, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Bryan Cranston, Ed Harris, Zach Braff, Josh Hutcherson, the list just goes on and on. It is an incredible cast that has been assembled for the film by Franco.
Franco is a very interesting character. He goes from being absolutely incredible in some of his work (127 Hours, Pineapple Express, Milk) to being endlessly irritating in other work (The Interview, Your Highness, Spring Breakers). In Dubious Battle looks to be one of his incredible moments so hopefully it lives up to the promise it shows in its promotional material. In Dubious Battle will have its premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September.
So there you have it, another look at the latest movie trailers, check in next week for another sneak peek!