Ain't Them Bodies Saints trailer
Rooney Mara, Ben Foster, Casey Affleck and Keith Carradine make up the cast of Ain't Them Bodies Saints, a film written and directed by David Lowery, and which gets a strong first trailer release.
It does begin to play out like a few other films you might have seen and a few other roles that Affleck has tackled, but then about halfway through the tone changes as do the character roles and the representation of Affleck's character, and that's where it gets good.
Here's the blurb for the film Ain't Them Bodies Saints and a little bit about how the film will feel:
Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) and Ruth Guthrie (Rooney Mara), an impassioned young outlaw couple on an extended crime spree, are finally apprehended by lawmen after a shootout in the Texas hills. Although Ruth wounds a local officer, Bob takes the blame. But four years later, Bob escapes from prison and sets out to find Ruth and their daughter, born during his incarceration.
Set against the backdrop of 1970's Texas Hill Country, director David Lowery paints a poetic picture, evoking the mythology of westerns and saturating the dramatic space with an aching sense of loss. Featuring powerful performances by Affleck, Mara as well as Ben Foster and Keith Carradine, is a story of love, motherhood, and searching for peace while faced with an unrelenting past.
Sounds good but it's really all in the trailer. Yes it does seem like Casey Affleck is playing a character he's played before and the film feels recognisable, but give it time to warm up and the power comes through. I wasn't interested until the darker aspects of the story came through.