Earlier this year, after it debuted at Sundance, there was a spectacular, grim, heartbreaking trailer of Ben Affleck’s Company Men that presented the movie as one of those flicks I absolutely could not wait to see. Then the John Wells-directed movie (his first) was bought up by a studio, and of course, the studio made a studio trailer. Because that’s what studios do. Now, instead of the unofficial sequel to Up in the Air, The Company Men looks like a inspirational tale of one man (and not three, as the movie also focuses on Chris Cooper and Tommy Lee Jones as much as Ben Affleck) rising above all the obstacles, jumping those hurdles, and reclaiming his life. I WILL WIN!
Not that it looks terrible, mind you. But don’t let the trailer deceive you. I think we’re probably in for a much bigger gut punch that the trailer portends, at least if early (rave) reviews out of Sundance were any indication.
And if you don’t mind me saying so, I kind of love Rosemarie DeWitt (who plays Affleck’s wife here), and Kevin Coster, in the right supporting role, is usually an excellent fit.