Jason Mitchell is the lone black person at a weekend party full of white dude-bros and heavy drinking in the trailer for Tyrel. The new film by writer/director Sebastián Silva (Magic Magic), Tyrel had its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was subsequently picked up by Magnolia Pictures for its U.S. release.
Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton, Kong: Skull Island) stars in Tyrel as Tyler, a young man who accompanies his pal Johnny (Christopher Abbott) on a trip to the Catskills for a weekend birthday party. However, once there, Tyler quickly realizes that he's not only the sole black person in a sea of white guys, but that everyone else there is planning to spend the event getting extremely wasted. Indeed, it's not long before Tyler finds himself at the center of unwanted attention and starts to feel like he's trapped in a nightmare from which there is no escape.
The Tyrel supporting cast is rounded out by such names as Michael Cera (Molly's Game), Caleb Landry Jones (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and Ann Dowd (Hereditary), in addition to Abbott (Girls), musician Roddy Bottum and the late Reg E. Cathey (Luke Cage). Watch the film's official trailer in the space below.
Tyrel earned mostly positive reviews from the critics who caught it at Sundance earlier this year. Among other things, Silva's film has been given props for how it examines micro-aggressions and toxic (white) masculinity in a grounded context. Between that and the movie's premise, Tyrel is a bit like Get Out (a film that Jones also costarred in, fittingly enough) - minus the high-concept horror elements, that is.
While there hasn't been much in the way of pre-release buzz for Tyrel so far, the film is set to hit theaters in time to qualify for awards consideration this year. As it stands, Tyrel's direct opening weekend competition includes the Julia Roberts-led family drama Ben is Back, David Robert Mitchell's delayed noir mystery Under the Silver Lake and the royal drama Mary Queen of Scots (starring Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan) - all three of which will be targeting the same arthouse moviegoing crowd as Tyrel.
For our money, Tyrel looks (and sounds) intriguing - and, if nothing else, the film should give Mitchell a chance to further prove his bonafides as an up and coming character actor, building on his dramatic efforts in Straight Outta Compton and last year's Mudbound.
Source: Magnolia Pictures
- Tyrel (2018) release date: Dec 07, 2018