Jason Reitman (saddled with the eternal “son of Ivan” notation in stories like this one) has, since 2005, amassed quite the sturdy filmography as a director—Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air, and Young Adult. All were darkly funny films with biting commentary about modern life. However, the trailer for his newest film, Labor Day, seems like a different beast entirely.
In the trailer, we see Kate Winslet as a depressed mother whose husband ran off with his secretary, leaving her to raise their teenage son (Gattlin Griffith). Winslet’s physical and emotional state appear to be in the midst of crumbling when a wounded Josh Brolin asks for a ride home, reveals that he is an escaped convict arrested for murder, and takes the mother and son hostage over Labor Day weekend.
The film—well, the trailer at least, appears to be operating at a slower, more measured pace than Reitman’s previous work, and seems far less focused on snark and far more interested in heart, in a variation of Clint Eastwood’s criminally underrated A Perfect World, in which a hostage-taker and the young boy he kidnaps develop a powerful friendship and bond.
The film is already scoring great reviews, and is set for a December 25th release date.
What do you think of the trailer?