“Brothers”, the new film from Jim Sheridan (“In America”, “My Left Foot”), has such a wonderful premise for an honest story of emotional conflict: Natalie Portman plays a wife and mother whose husband (Tobey Maguire) goes missing while on a tour of duty in Afghanistan and presumed dead. She finds solace in his brother played by Jake Gyllenhaal. But then, it turns out that Maguire and the dying? Eh, not so much. He returns and you get a conflict so thick you could drizzle it over pancakes.
So how did they come out with a new trailer this bad? The music choices are awful and the genres feel all over the place. It starts out tragic, then it’s a romance, and then it’s a suspense-thriller. And it’s fine in a completed film to have all those genres but in a trailer, you need to sell a cohesive idea and this trailer, with such great actors, looks like borderline parody.
Hit the jump to check it out and try not to cringe. “Brothers” hits theatres on December 4th.