Prior to his signing on to direct Jurassic World, the reboot of the massively successful Jurassic Park franchise, Colin Trevorrow was known for a little indie flick called Safety Not Guaranteed. The film was your typical indie flick with a bit of a sci-fi twist, and it really showed his ability to tell a story. While Jurassic World made a whole boatload of money, there was a backlash to the film in terms of storytelling.
In the eyes of many who tried to give the film repeated viewings, the flick did not hold up very well when looked at too closely, and while it delivered on spectacle, it didn’t do much in terms of character. Many viewers haven’t let others forget this fact, but they may have forgotten that, as mentioned above, Trevorrow does have his beginnings in more character-focused fare. With his latest film, The Book of Henry, he looks to be bringing things back to basics.
The synopsis for The Book of Henry is below:
“Sometimes things are not always what they seem, especially in the small suburban town where the Carpenter family lives. Single suburban mother Susan Carpenter (Naomi Watts) works as a waitress at a diner, alongside feisty family friend Sheila (Sarah Silverman). Her younger son Peter (Jacob Tremblay) is a playful 8-year-old. Taking care of everyone and everything in his own unique way is Susan’s older son Henry (Jaeden Lieberher), age 11. Protector to his adoring younger brother and tireless supporter of his often self-doubting mother – and, through investments, of the family as a whole – Henry blazes through the days like a comet. Susan discovers that the family next door, which includes Henry’s kind classmate Christina (Maddie Ziegler), has a dangerous secret – and that Henry has devised a surprising plan to help. As his brainstormed rescue plan for Christina takes shape in thrilling ways, Susan finds herself at the center of it.”
I have to say, this trailer took me a bit by surprise. Based on the first minute or so of the trailer, I assumed this would be a typical “gifted child” piece like, say, the upcoming movie Gifted with Chris Evans. The kid would find out how truly smart he was and be able to accomplish things he never dreamed. What a turn it was when I realized that that was just the backdrop, and the story itself revolved around her next door neighbor being abused.
This film has me hooked, and between that new trailer, and these new amazing posters, I hope this film can help rekindle excitement for a talented director.
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The Book of Henry hits theaters on June 16, 2017.
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SOURCE: Focus Features