IFC Films has released the first trailer for David Gordon Green‘s Manglehorn. The film stars Al Pacino as an aging, ordinary guy who spends his days caring for his cat when his dark past comes back to haunt him. Manglehorn also stars Holly Hunter, Chris Messina, and Harmony Korine. The film hits theaters and VOD June 19th.
David Gordon Green is one of the most unpredictable directors working today. He first came on the scene with a streak of well-recieved dramas (All the Real Girls, Undertow, Snow Angels) before diving into a series of juvenile comedies (Pineapple Express, Your Highness, The Sitter). His comedy work was hit and miss, but over the last few years he’s returned strong to drama with Joe and Prince Avalanche. Manglehorn debuted at TIFF 2014 to mixed reception, you read Matt’s review here. Check out the trailer for Green’s latest dramatic effort below.
Trailer via IFC Films.
Manglehorn is along the same lines as Green’s most recent films, a low-key character driven drama, but from the looks of the trailer it may be less successful than his last two efforts. It’s beautifully shot, Hunter is a welcome addition to any film, and we all know how wonderful Pacino is when he invests in a character, but there’s nothing in the trailer that really grabs my attention. For a movie about a man learning to love life again, it looks a bit lifeless.
Here’s the official synopsis for Manglehorn.
Academy Award winner Al Pacino gives a wondrous performance as a lonely locksmith whose life is transformed by a new romance in this magical love story from acclaimed director David Gordon Green (Joe, All the Real Girls). A.J. Manglehorn (Pacino) is a reclusive Texas key-maker who spends his days caring for his cat, finding comfort in his work and lamenting a long lost love. Enter kind-hearted bank teller Dawn (Holly Hunter) whose interest in the eccentric Manglehorn may just be able to draw him out of his shell. Chris Messina co-stars in this remarkably rich and humorous tale of second chances, which boasts “the finest performance Pacino has delivered in years” (The Guardian).