Word on the street suggests that Trey Edward Shults' Waves is an excellent, highly emotional watch. You hear something like that and you think, "Yeah, yeah - I've heard this one before. Another year-end familial melodrama wearing its hunger for an Oscar on its sleeve."
But! Waves has a stellar cast (Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell, Alexa Demie, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Sterling K. Brown). It has a score composed by the Oscar-winning duo of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. It's also directed by Shults, whose Krisha is a legitimately great film and found him working with, well, somewhat similar material, as far as we can tell.
And now there's this trailer. I gave it a look the moment it landed in my inbox, and by the end of it, I was fully prepared to believe all the "This movie's an emotional roller coaster" hype. See if you don't agree.
Yup. Just watched it again, and that's one mighty powerful trailer (sniff).
Here's an official plot synopsis:
"Set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida, and featuring an astonishing ensemble of award-winning actors and breakouts alike, Waves traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family—led by a well-intentioned but domineering father—as they navigate love, forgiveness, and coming together in the aftermath of a loss. From acclaimed director Trey Edward Shults, Waves is a heartrending story about the universal capacity for compassion and growth even in the darkest of times."
Starring Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell, Alexa Demie, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Sterling K. Brown, Waves lands in theaters this November. Stay tuned for further updates as they roll in.