Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Gritty trailer for Cannes entry 'Good Time' previews A24's latest

The Cannes Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, and it looks like we're in for a pretty terrific year at the world's biggest cinematic showcase. Some of the biggest films of the year, such as Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled, Bong Joon Ho's Okja, Yorgos Lanthimos' The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Todd Haynes' Wonderstruck, and Michael Haneke's Happy End, will be debuting on the Croisette, hoping to attract critical attention and maybe even a bit of Oscar buzz. These are the big-ticket items at this year's Cannes, but beyond the obvious choices, there's quite a bit to be excited about. One of the most intriguing titles is Ben and Joshua Safdie's Good Time, a New York City-set crime drama about a pair of bank-robbing brothers. The Safdies haven't broken out yet, but with this A24 title led by Robert Pattinson, the filmmaking duo have a real shot to be thrust into the mainstream spotlight. With the Cannes premiere on the horizon, A24 has released the first trailer for the film. Check it out below!


This weekend, the first poster for Good Time popped up on my Twitter timeline and immediately caught my eye. The incredible poster (shown below) combines bright colors and a uniquely wacky design to great effect, which made me infinitely more curious about the potential of this film. Much to my surprise, this is a very gritty and intense trailer, looking more like a deadly serious Scorsese crime drama than the movie advertised by that poster. And yet, that's not necessarily a bad thing. Good Time appears to be a remarkably assured thriller from two directors who understand exactly what they're going for, expertly contrasting the neon-soaked action with the brutal storyline. Robert Pattinson already impressed critics and audiences (including myself) with his turn as Henry Costin in James Gray's The Lost City of Z, and judging by this brief trailer, I have a feeling that he could really solidify himself as a dynamite performer with his role in Good Time. And of course, I can't talk about any movie from A24 without mentioning how much I love this studio. They've brought us an eclectic collection of incredible films over the years, and they seem to be indicating that they have something really special with Good Time. This could be a nice late summer breakout hit, and I'm excited to hear the reaction from Cannes this week.

Good Time will open in limited release on August 11.


Poster: A24/IMDB

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