The End of the Tour – Trailer Review

Preface

  • This may be a bit of an obscure piece of pop culture to be doing a post on, however I have a good feeling about this movie.

Trailer Talk

  • For those folks unaware, The End of the Tour is an independent film coming out on July 31st starring Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg as David Foster Wallace and a Rolling Stone writer (respectively) and their days of Wallace’s book tour.
  • As I said, this sounds super obscure going in but I have a good feeling about it.
  • Firstly: the director.
    • James Ponsoldt directed this film and for those unaware, he also directed The Spectacular Now (my favorite film of 2013) and has had a little work here and there.  The guy has a keen eye for storytelling, for characters, and especially for theme.  He conveys these larger-than-life messages in very simple ways that make you appreciate them more as you sit back on the film.
    • I promise you all that by the end of 2016 this guy will be signed on to direct some big budget blockbuster, but I think what he’s doing now looks great.
  • So as for the actual trailer, why do a review on it?  Well it’s James Ponsoldt’s newest project and it looks freaking phenomenal.
  • I heard really positive things about this movie coming out of Sundance a few months back, but seeing actual footage from it assures me of a few things.
  • The first of these things is that the cast looks awesome.
    • I’m a big fan of both Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg (though I’m skeptical of the Lex Luthor thing).
    • Ponsoldt takes actors like these, especially Segel, and can transform them into Oscar winners or nominees and should-be-nominateds.
    • I’m hearing Segel is gonna be great in this, and his lifeless performance in the trailer brings a new meaning to the word lifeless.  He isn’t Kristin Stewart lifeless, but you can see the pain and lack of wanting to live in his eyes.  It’s haunting and it’s something that I can’t wait to see be more thoroughly explored in the film, really what makes the character tick.
    • And Jesse Eisenberg they specifically reference too that he isn’t just gonna be a sarcastic brat in this one, despite how much I love his sarcastic brattiness in Social Network and Now You See Me.  It looks like he’s gonna be more of a nervous guy with ambition but fear. I like that the makeup almost makes him look younger too, it creates a real noticeable comparison between him and the older Segel on screen.
  • The other reason this trailer excites me is how thought-provoking it is.
    • Granted, this is just a trailer but it was a very heavy trailer.
    • As long as the movie can continue these feelings it should be great.
    • I love that in just watching the trailer you know about these characters off the bat, you know the plot (at least a little), and it immediately starts making you think.  Something like, “what’s the best conversation I’ve ever had?”
    • This trailer made me sit back and think for a couple days, and now I’m finally getting my review of it out!

In Conclusion

  • In Conclusion guys, I’m really excited for The End of the Tour I think it could be a great film with great performances, questions to be asked and emotional responses from people in the audience.
  • And that’s just what I deduce from ONE trailer!

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But what do you guys think, have you seen this trailer and are you looking forward to The End of the Tour? Let me know in the comments down below, and as always, thanks for reading guys.

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