Over at this year’s Sundance (2018), a little gem of a movie was released. Flying right under many people’s radar, Summer of ’84 blew people’s expectations out of the stratosphere; audiences loved it. I had no idea what to expect going in, but I walked out a changed man. The only complaint I have about the movie is that it was so darn good. I know, that if ever I were to make a film, it just wouldn’t compare. Easily the best out of any movie I saw at Sundance, Summer of ’84 tells the story about a group of teenagers in the summer of 1984 who suspect their neighbor might be a serial killer. Also, a new trailer was just released.
I don’t want to go into a full review here, I’ll save that for when the movie is comes out, but I cannot emphasize the movie’s inherent greatness. With a cast of relatively unknown actors, save for Rich Sommer (Mad Men), and directed by Francois Simard and Anouk Whissell (the guys responsible for Turbo Kid), Summer of ’84 is their ode to our nostalgia for the ‘80s and kids riding on bicycles and getting into trouble.
Steven Spielberg is notorious for essentially kick-starting the genre. Netflix’s Stranger Things is also doing a bang-up job of once again featuring adolescents battling forces outside their control. On the opposite side of the spectrum, Summer of ’84 gives a pretty realistic and amazing interpretation about what would happen if you sent teen boys after a hardened killer.
Anyway, a new trailer has been released. On the one hand, I’m thrilled beyond words to see that the movie is getting distributed in select theaters, but on the other hand, the trailer doesn’t do the movie justice. There was an earlier trailer, which I’ll include down below, which I felt superior, but this is one movie that it’s best to go into cold without preconceived notions or having viewed any footage.
For those interested, and you should be, Summer of ’84 is set to hit selected theaters on August 10, 2018. Check it out!