The first trailer for John Wells’ The Company Men has been released and it would seem we now have two impressive looking Ben Affleck movies right around the corner. Last week’s trailer for The Town, Affleck’s second directorial effort, left me undeniably excited and The Company Men looks to be another solid addition to his resume.
The film, which debuted at Sundance back in January, features an amazing supporting cast that includes Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Craig T. Nelson, and Rosemarie Dewitt. Here’s the official synopsis:
Bobby Walker is living the American dream: great job, beautiful family, shiny Porsche in the garage. When corporate downsizing leaves him and co-workers Phil Woodward and Gene McClary jobless, the three men are forced to re-define their lives as men, husbands, and fathers. Bobby soon finds himself enduring enthusiastic life coaching, a job building houses for his brother-in-law which does not play to his executive skill set, and perhaps the realization that there is more to life than chasing the bigger, better deal.
And here’s the trailer for The Company Men:
The subject matter is certainly timely and while it’s ground we’ve seen covered before, this is an extremely talented and watchable group of performers. I’m a particularly big fan of Chris Cooper, who is always spectacular, even when the films he’s in are not.
I also think making fun of Ben Affleck should officially be considered passé at this point. I’ll admit, I’ve held a pretty dismissive attitude towards him in recent years but after seeing his work behind the camera with Gone Baby Gone, I knew it was time to start taking him seriously again. He’s also particularly well-suited for any role involving a fall from grace – for reasons that are probably pretty transparent.
This is the first feature for Wells, who directed numerous episodes of ER and has an expansive career as a writer and producer. The reviews from Sundance were generally positive and seemed to indicate that this is a pretty honest portrayal of unemployment and not typical Hollywood fare. I think it looks promising and look forward to checking it out. What about you?
The Company Men opens October 22, 2010.
Source: Yahoo! Movies.