The Book of Henry Trailer (2017)


Trailer for Focus Features' The Book of Henry.

Sometimes things are not always what they seem, especially in the small suburban town where the Carpenter family lives. Single suburban mother Susan (Naomi Watts) works as a waitress at a diner, alongside feisty friend Sheila (Sarah Silverman). Her younger son Peter (Jacob Tremblay) is a playful 8-year-old. Taking care of everyone and everything is Susan’s older son Henry (Jaeden Lieberher), age 11. Protector to his adoring younger brother and tireless supporter of his often self-doubting mother – and, through investments, of the family – Henry blazes through the days like a comet. Susan discovers that the family next door, which includes Henry’s kind classmate Christina (Maddie Ziegler), has a dangerous secret – and that Henry has devised a surprising plan to help. As his brainstormed rescue plan for Christina takes shape in thrilling ways, Susan finds herself at the center of it.

Director Colin Trevorrow is a relatively new Director in Hollywood with this being just his third film, but he has some huge titles under his belt. His first film was Safety Not Guaranteed back in 2012 and then he Directed Jurassic World. And, on top of these three films, Colin is Directing a "small film"called Star Wars: Episode IX. He is also already slotted to write the screenplay for the next Jurassic Park film due out in 2018.

The Book of Henry Trailer Screen Shot 1
The young genius in this film, Henry, is played by Jaeden Lieberher who you may recognize as Alton from Midnight Special. Jaeden also has a role in the upcoming Stephen King remake of It. And, Henry's brother Peter is played by Jacob Tremblay, who has been a hot commodity latelay after his break out role as Jack in Room. He has roles in Shut In, Burn Your Maps, Before I Wake, and will be in the upcoming The Predator film Directed by Shane Black.

I must say that I knew nothing about this film going into this trailer and I have a feeling that the film will play out just like the trailer, lots of twists and turns. The first half of the trailer plays like a generic film of a single mother trying to raise her children and one happens to be a genius which adds a different element. You are thinking, ok this may be a cute drama, but then things take a turn.

The Book of Henry Trailer Screen Shot 2
It is always refreshing to see a film with a unique story line. We have seen films about child geniuses and films about having a creepy neighbor, but not a combination like this. And on top of that it looks like they have cast some great young actors to share the screen with Naomi Watts and Dean Norris. My only trepidation is with Maddie Ziegler and how she will portray her terror as that performance is a must to get audiences to buy in.

I love films that keep you guessing right up until the very end and this one will be just that. Not a perfect trailer but a great trailer at piqued my interest and making me want to see this film.

2 min 23 sec


Posted On
March 30, 2017
Colin Trevorrow

Gregg Hurwitz

Focus Features

June 16, 2017
Lee Pace
Naomi Watts
Jacob Tremblay
Sarah Silverman
Maddie Ziegler
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