A24 have actually launched the initial trailer for their upcoming brand-new dramatization C'mon C'mon. Written as well as routed by Academy Award candidate Mike Mills (Beginners as well as 20th Century Women), the black as well as white film follows Joaquin Phoenix's radio journalist Johnny who is left to take care of his nephew Jesse (Woody Norman) on behalf of his sister, Viv (Gaby Hoffmann). The film will see the pair form an unexpectedly close bond as they undertake a cross country road trip.
Mills is known for his romantic-comedies that simultaneously carry deal of emotional weight. Alongside his filmmaking, which includes producing music videos for the likes of Yoko Ono as well as Air, Mills is an accomplished photographer and artist and his artistic eye frequently translates into his films. While C'mon C'mon marks the director's first true drama, his past comedy experience will undoubtedly allow him to bring a great deal of brevity to the movie that will balance nicely with the emotional heft of the subject matter.
Set to Claude Debussy's iconic “Claire de Lue,” the trailer for C'mon C'mon showcases Jesse's relationship with both his mother and his uncle, as well as them bonding at various points on their trip. All the while, Phoenix narrates a story to his nephew, the sort given to children to help them explain death. You can check out the full trailer below:
While no date is currently given for the release of C'mon C'mon, the film has already been shown at the Telluride Film Festival and is expected to also be showcased at New York Film Festival next month, before receiving a widespread release later in the year. Initial reviews have been overwhelmingly positive with some even tipping Phoenix for another best actor Oscar, after walking with the award for 2019's Joker. Mills has received equal praise for his screenplay, with critics describing it as one of his best, as has newcomer Norman for his portrayal of Jesse.
A24 are a studio known for their indie darlings like Lady Bird and The Farewell, as well as their litany of incredible horror films such as Hereditary, however it's generally understood that their films aren't necessarily for everyone. That said, it doesn't make them any less praise-worthy as they often feature some truly astounding performances and works of cinematic genius. If what little the trailer offers is anything to go by, as well as the early rumblings from critics, then C'mon C'mon may prove to be one of their best features yet thanks to Mills' writing and the performances of Phoenix and Norman.
A24 has released the trailer for the upcoming family drama C'mon C'mon starring Joaquin Phoenix. The trailer features beautiful shots in black-and-white and narration from Phoenix as he reads from a book. C'mon C'mon is the first film starring Phoenix since his Academy Award winning performance in Joker.
The film is about an artist (Joaquin Phoenix) that is entrusted to deal with his young nephew (Woody Norman) and the two bond on a cross country road trip. Many of the shots in this trailer highlight the growing bond that we'll see in C'mon C'mon. The cinematography comes from Robbie Ryan (Marriage Story) and it looks stellar.
The movie is directed by Mike Mills, who was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for his 2016 movie, 20th Century Women. Mills has also directed Thumbsucker and Beginners, which won Christopher Plummer an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Mills also wrote the script as well. The rest of the cast includes Molly Webster, Jaboukie Young-White, and Scoot McNairy. Chelsea Barnard, Andrea Longacre-White, and Lila Yacoub are the producers for C'mon C'mon.
C'mon C'mon premiered on Sept. 2nd at Telluride Festival and received good reviews. Clayton Davis at Variety said, “Mills' film is not going to appeal to everyone, but I'd be remiss if I didn't share that this could be the best screenplay written in the last decade, something the writers branch may recognize.” Norman has also received praise for his performance as Phoenix's nephew in the film.
“Norman is one of the greatest finds, and it's difficult to not be enamored by his whimsical deliveries and touching beats,” Davis wrote. “Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland) and Jacob Tremblay (Room) are two of the recent child actors to come up short for Academy love. It will be up to the SAG nominating committee, which is more open to younger thespians, to keep him in the convo.”
Phoenix appears to be going for a more subtle and subdued performance compared to his Joker role and past performances such as Gladiator and The Master. Some of the critics so far have noted Phoenix's more mellow performance here.
“It doesn't hurt that Phoenix has never been more natural,” David Ehrlich from Indiewire wrote. “Squaring off against an actual kid allows him to expose that same vulnerability without any of the weirdo effect needed to make the Joker more adult. It's strange to see a movie where Phoenix embodies a ‘normal' character frustrated by the eccentricities of those around him, but he never feels like an alien wearing a human suit.”
Phoenix has many other projects coming up alongside this including Ari Aster's Disappointment Blvd., alongside Nathan Lane and Patti Lupone. He is also set to play Napoleon Bonaparte in Ridley Scott's Kitbag. There is no release date yet for C'mon C'mon but it will certainly be screening once more on Oct. 4th at the New York Film Festival. Based on reviews as well as Mills' previous work, this could be a movie that we could see being talked about during honor period.