Jonah Hill's undergone a startling transformation over the past decade, hasn't he? Once pegged as a permanent fixture on the "Funny, Plus-Sized Character Actor" circuit, our dude dropped a truly commendable amount of weight, branched out into a variety of prestige projects that have forced him to flex previously-underutilized dramatic muscles (Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, Cary Fukunaga's forthcoming Maniac), and is now prepping the release of his directorial debut, Mid90s, from the good folks at A24.
Speaking of, the first Mid90s trailer just landed. Let's take a look.
This looks ... alright? Very watchable? Clearly, Mid90s is a personal project (you don't write and direct a film revolving around subject matter this specific just for the hell of it), but will it be a good one? We like Hill around here, so we're certainly rooting for him, but as my associate Leigh Monson just opined on BMD Slack: "This looks like it's trying really hard to have something to say, but doesn't give me the impression that it stuck the landing." Nailed it.
Here's an official plot synopsis:
"Mid90s follows Stevie, a thirteen-year-old in 90s-era LA who spends his summer navigating between his troubled home life and a group of new friends that he meets at a Motor Avenue skate shop."
Aaand here's the first poster:
What do you folks think? Gonna check this one out when it opens on October 19th, or think you'll wait for it to hit streaming? Sound off in the comments below at your convenience.