Dark Places Trailer Review

Preface

  • I actually just finished reading Gillian Flynn’s novel Dark Places about a week ago.
  • And now the poster just dropped, the trailer just dropped, and I’m excited.
    • Because it looks good.
  • (And yeah I didn’t see the new Age of Ultron trailer because I don’t want the whole movie to be spoiler for me by the time I see it.  So we got Dark Places trailer, and maybe a Mr. Holmes Trailer review also…)

Premise

  • Dark Places is about a woman named Libby Day (played by Charlize Theron) who survives the murder of her three family members as a young girl, and then testifies against her brother who she claims committed the crime.
  • But 30 years later, some crime experts that research the case bring her onto their team and try to prove that her brother may be innocent after all…
  • And don’t worry, no spoilers ahead (cuz like I said, I’ve read the book).

Trailer Talk

  • Overall, this was a pretty decent trailer.
  • I liked the morbid feel that the opening has, and I like the secretive and obscure feel that the second half has.
    • It was kind of like Blair Witch meets Bates Motel.
  • The part that I did have a problem with was the beginning cuz I was like, “wait… Is this gonna become found footage and ruin the movie?”
    • I then thought that found footage could be okay for this kind of project, but then it switched out of flashback mode and into real time and got much better.
  • Like I said, I love how secretive this trailer felt, which is something the book didn’t deliver on too well.
    • The book felt really straightforward, where Libby would make decisions, do A, then B, then C.
    • The movie looks like it’s gonna be more of her doing what she needs to do in a timely fashion.
  • All the actors that were showcased in this trailer seemed to be doing their jobs well, but I am interested in seeing whether or not Corey Stoll can carry Ben off well.
    • He’s a really good actor, but I don’t know how much I see him in this dark yet emotional role.
  • Chloe Grace Moretz was great casting as Diondra. And I was skeptical at first about it, but after seeing her in 30 Rock I totally buy her character in this.
    • Btw, I still have no idea how to pronounce Diondra. And they say it a couple times in the trailer (each time differently than the last).
  • If I had one other complaint, I might argue that this trailer shows a little too much.
    • It doesn’t have a ton in it, but it feels like each scene gets a 2-3 second snippet.
    • So that would be my only other complaint.

In Conclusion

  • In Conclusion, I’m pretty excited for Dark Places.
  • I don’t think it will be better than Gone Girl, but I’d love to see myself be proven wrong!
  • I like the element of suspense and mystery, each actor showing themselves off and the overall morbidity that the book captured and seems to translate to screen.
  • But hopefully the shaky cam flashbacks are fixed for the final product, and we didn’t see too much…

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So guys, those are my thoughts on the trailer to Dark Places, which currently does not have a release date. What are your thoughts on this trailer, if you’ve seen it, and are you looking forward to the movie? Let me know in the comments down below, and as always, thanks for reading guys.

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