This Week In Trailers: The Boy Downstairs, Sweet Country, Oh Lucy!, Chris Claremont's X-Men, Makala

This Week In Trailers: The Boy Downstairs, Sweet Country, Oh Lucy!, Chris Claremont's X-Men, Makala
From Slashfilm - January 27, 2018

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times theyre seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we see what that guy from Jurassic Park and that other guy from Cocktail are up to, cozy up to a more realistic portrait of modern romance, learn more about the guy who resurrected the X-Men from near death, find out what the dude from Pearl Harbor is up to, and cheer on the human spirit for a guy just trying to eke out a living.

Sweet Country

So, this is interesting.

What I found most satisfying about director Warwick Thorntons latest offering wasnt just that here is a western that I didnt immediately push away like soft boiled Brussels sprouts but that there was some heft in the story that it wants to tell. You could insert Americas own trials and tribulations and difficulties with indigenous people or those that were brought here against their will to see the parallels even though this story happens in Australia. And, like America, Australia struggles with its own difficult past in order to reconcile its present. While this trailer is exemplary at just gliding through moment to moment, whats best noted here is just how solid everything looks from its cinematography to the acting of all involved. Solid.


The human struggle, to keep pushing forward in the face of certain adversity, is all too real.

What struck an emotional chord with me in this trailer for the documentary by Emmanuel Gras is just how quiet it is. Now, theres music and theres conversation throughout but there isnt anything else here but one mans quest to provide for his family. Its one thing to identify with those who live in this country who are just eking out a living but this story, somehow, some way, is engaging for no other reason than we see our guy in his ups and downs but never giving up. I dont know if I have the same kind of drive but watching a narrative like this is raw inspiration.

The Boy Downstairs

Oh Lucy!

Chris Claremonts X-Men


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