Before premiering at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, everyone was excited about The Sea Of Trees. A fresh film from the talented director Gus Van Sant starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey. People had good reason to be excited.
Sadly, the film got destroyed by critics after its premiere. It was the most disappointing film of the festival and some critics even said it was Gus Van Sant’s worst movie ever.
Before the film premiered at the festival, Lionsgate had purchased distribution rights, but after the terrible reviews came out…they dropped it like it was hawt. This made everyone wonder if the film would ever be released inside theaters.
And surprisingly, A24 came to the rescue. We say surprisingly because they almost never make a mistake. Most of their films score well with critics and the audience, so for them to pick up a film that had such terrible reviews is a bit surprising.
In any event, they released the first trailer for the film, which is scheduled to open in select theaters August 26. Naomi Watts, Ken Watanabe and Mr. McConaughey star.
Check out the synopsis and trailer below. By the way, the trailer actually doesn’t look that bad. It might be worth checking out just to see what upset the critics so much.
“Matthew McConaughey stars as Arthur Brennan, an American professor who travels to Japan in the midst of a personal crisis. As he wanders through a mysterious forest with a dark past, he experiences flashbacks of his fraught but loving relationship with his wife, Joan (Naomi Watts), and meets an enigmatic stranger, Takumi (Ken Watanabe), who is lost and injured. Arthur devotes himself to saving Takumi and returning him home to safety, and the two embark on a spiritual, life-changing journey of friendship, discovery, and healing.”