Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: Lullaby

Welcome back to a weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.

Lullaby – Opening June 13, 2014

I came across this trailer as I often do while perusing Movie-List.com. It caught my attention because of its two top billed stars – Garrett Hedlund and Richard Jenkins – and because of its thematic content. In terms of its story, it doesn’t actually seem all that inventive or original, but focusing on a strained family relationship impacted by the impending demise of one family member due to a fatal disease can be quite effective, and it’s just up to the film in question to deliver and to deal with the subject matter appropriately. In terms of the cast, I remember first seeing Garrett Hedlund as Brad Pitt’s twin blond Trojan in “Troy” but being much more impressed with him as a member of the supporting cast in “Country Strong.” He also had a mostly silent role in “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and I think he has enormous potential. It’s clear that he has a passion for music, as that figures prominently in a performance scene from the trailer, and it’s good to see him playing to his strengths. Richard Jenkins is an actor I’ve long admired, and seeing him in paternal roles as varied as “Six Feet Under” and “A.C.O.D.” demonstrates what he is capable of, and I’m sure this will be an emotional performance. Three recent Oscar nominees – Amy Adams, Terrence Howard, and Jennifer Hudson – are also in the cast, as is a nominee from almost three decades ago, Anne Archer. This is a film that could work well if the appropriate effort is put into its execution, which I think seems very possible given the contents of this trailer.

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