First Glance: “Wendy”


I have been anxiously awaiting Benh Zeitlin’s second feature since first seeing his sublime debut “Beasts of the Southern Wild”. That was all the way back in 2012. Now seven years later we get the first trailer for his followup “Wendy” and it was worth the wait. The earliest shops shows

From the trailer we can instantly tell this is a fresh take on J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. But as Zeitlin showed in “Beasts”, he has a real knack for digging into the imaginations of young children. “Wendy” looks to be trading much of the fantasy element for a more grounded, real-world approach. And many of the images we’re shown aim to convey a healthy array of heartfelt youthful emotion. For an early trailer, it really got to me.

“Wendy” is set for a February 28, 2020 release (limited I’m sure). Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

17 thoughts on “First Glance: “Wendy”

  1. I didn’t realize he had a new film coming out! I really liked Beasts, “Once There Was a Hush Puppy” is one of my all time favorite movie scores.

    • I reminds me a lot of his first film which I absolutely adored. As I told someone else, I’m just smitten with this trailer despite not being high on Peter Pan. I really like what he’s going for.

  2. This looks like a great film, but not one that is up my alley I don’t think. I’ll still check it out though, when I can that is.
    Thanks again for another preview for yet another film I didn’t know about. Keep it up, I’m loving these preview posts!!!

    BTW mate, I finally, FINALLY posted my interpretation of Joker. Its… a bit random and abstract, but that’s how I like this 😛 Its in two parts, so the first part is on my page now. I would really love to hear your honest, HONEST feedback mate, your opinion is honestly one I trust more than most others. So don’t hold back =P tell me what you really think!!!

    cheers buddy, chat soon eh?

    • Did you see his first film “Beasts of the Southern Wild”? It’s a brilliant movie that automatically makes me excited for this one. He’s not the kind of filmmaker to make some run-of-the-mill retelling of Peter Pan. There will be some poignant real-world connections. Just look at how he shoots the kids’ faces. He captures so much emotion. I’m all over it.

      • I noticed that camerawork was indeed great. I’ll have to add that film to my absurdly long watchlist, you’ve given me quite a few that I am keen to watch.

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