Of course, the final product may be very different – but watching this trailer for the new drama Joe, you can’t help but notice the parallels between it and last year’s Mud. Both films feature a similar tone, aesthetic, setting and tell the story of an ex-con’s search for redemption by taking on a guardian angel role to a young boy. And now the most peculiar part – Tye Sheridan plays the young boy in both movies.
Director David Gordon Green has been behind the camera of such raucous comedies as Pineapple Express with Seth Rogen, Your Highness with Danny McBride, and The Sitter with Jonah Hill – but when Green isn’t making stoner comedies, his other forte is in quiet, low-budget character examinations such as George Washington and All the Real Girls. This looks very much in the same vein as the latter.
Here’s the trailer:
In the dirty unruly world of small-town Texas, ex-convict Joe Ransom (Cage) has tried to put his dark past behind him and to live a simple life. He works for a lumber company by day, drinks by night. But when 15-year-old Gary (Tye Sheridan) – a kid trying to support his family – comes to town, desperate for work, Joe has found a way to atone for his sins – to finally be someone’s hero. As Joe tries to protect Gary, the pair will take the twisting road to redemption in the hope for a better life in this tough, hard-hitting but incredibly moving story.
Joe has made the rounds at various film festivals where it’s received mostly positive reviews, but all the critics agree that the film is dark, downbeat and violent. If that sounds like your “cup of joe”, (sorry, couldn’t help it) you can catch the movie in theaters on April 11th.