Gus Van Sant's Sea Of Trees debuted to scatching reviews at last year's Cannes Film Festival (it's sitting at a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes), and has apparently been sitting on a shelf ever since. What were the distributors to do with this gigantic bummer of a movie?
Well, if you're Roadside and Lionsgate, you sell the distribution rights to A24 and let them deal with it, which is precisely what happened. A24 stepped up to the plate, gave the film a new release date, and today they released a new trailer for the film.
Look. If the purpose of a trailer is to get you interested and/or excited about seeing a movie, then the trailer for Sea Of Trees is one of the least-successful trailers I have ever seen. I dare you to make it all the way through this:
Good lord. Take a look at the film's official synopsis while I stare off into the middle distance, contemplating my own mortality:
"Matthew McConaughey stars as Arthur Brennan, an American professor who travels to Japan in the midst of a personal crisis. As he wanders through a mysterious forest with a dark past, he experiences flashbacks of his fraught but loving relationship with his wife, Joan (Naomi Watts), and meets an enigmatic stranger, Takumi (Ken Watanabe), who is lost and injured. Arthur devotes himself to saving Takumi and returning him home to safety, and the two embark on a spiritual, life-changing journey of friendship, discovery, and healing.”
Sea Of Trees hits select theaters and VOD on August 26th. There will be no survivors.