It is a very serious week this week, judging by the movie trailers we have on offer. They are trailers that threaten to tug on the heartstrings and bring a tear to the eye. Oh, and there is one trailer that is just seriously bad. Here’s our Sneak Peeks!
Manchester by the Sea – Amazon Studios
First up, a film starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and Lucas Hedges. Manchester by the Sea tells the story of Lee (Affleck) who is made legal guardian of his brother’s son after his sudden death. Lee returns to his hometown and has to deal with his seperated wife Randi (Williams) and the North Shore community.
The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and has received critical acclaim, with Affleck praised for his performance. Interestingly, Affleck’s role was originally going to be taken by the film’s producer, Matt Damon.
Manchester by the Sea looks to be an interesting film, one that is already being touted as a potential awards contender. The performances look good and one can already tell from the trailer that Jody Lee Lipes’s cinematography has an understated quality to it. Manchester by the Sea will have a limited release in November, expanding in mid-December.
Lion – The Weinstein Company
Next, Dev Patel stars as Saroo Brierley who was lost from his family at the age of five, adopted by an Australian family and finally found his family at the age of twenty-five using Google Earth in Lion.
The film is based on the non-fiction book by Saroo Brierly about his true experiences, A Long Way Home. Dev Patel is joined by the likes of Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Priyanka Bose.
It seems strange that one of the things that make this story really remarkable isn’t really featured in the trailer at all. Saroo Brierley spent months using Google Earth to find his family and nowhere in the trailer is this recognised. Obviously, there is a need to not make the trailer an advert for Google, but considering it is a part of the film’s poster it seems weird that it isn’t really focused on anywhere in the film’s trailer. This makes the story seem like every other quest for a lost family which lessens the impact of the story, which is a real shame.
Only time will tell if this aspect is a major part of the film. Lion is released in November.
The Late Bloomer – Ineffable Pictures
And lastly, the trailer that was described at the top of this article as seriously bad, The Late Bloomer. Directed by Kevin Pollak and based on the autobiographical Man Made: A Memoir of My Body, The Late Bloomer is a comedy drama starring Johnny as Peter Newman, a sex therapist who goes through puberty in three weeks at the age of twenty-seven after a benign tumor inside his brain is treated.
The film also stars J.K. Simmons, Britanny Snow, Jane Lynch and Maria Bello. The film certainly has a decent cast but it just looks so unfunny and predictable. Now, this could be the way in which the trailer is edited rather than the film itself. Comedy films often suffer in their movie marketing as a trailer for a comedy is often the hardest to cut together. The majority of the time the funniest jokes in the film will be put in the trailer spoiling them for potential audiences or, as might be the case here, the context is what makes the jokes funny meaning that they fall flat in the trailer but will work in the film.
Whatever the problem is with this trailer, The Late Bloomer isn’t a particularly exciting prospect. It looks bland, predictable and unfunny but hopefully we’ll be proven wrong when the film is released in October.
So there you have it, another look at the latest movie trailers. Check back next week for another sneak peek!