To say I’m excited for this would be an understatement.
Waves is the third film from writer/director Trey Edward Shults, an indie upstart whose first feature in 2016 — a microbudgeted family drama called Krisha — was one of the more acclaimed debuts of recent memory. It Comes At Night, his art house horror film that served as his follow-up one year later, received a more mixed reaction…but not from me. Supremely crafted and observed, Shults completely delivered on the promise of his auspicious bow.
Now comes Waves, an intentsely emotional journey of a suburban African-American family in South Florida, and it’s getting some of the best raves of the year (and of recent years) following its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival.
Its first trailer lives up to the hype.
Starring Sterling K. Brown and Renée Elise Goldsberry (Broadway’s Hamilton) as the parents, plus breakout actor Kelvin Harrison Jr. (in theaters now with Luce) as the son and Taylor Russell as the daughter (who was very impressive on Netflix’s reboot of Lost In Space), it also boasts a score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (The Social Network).
In addition, the ensemble includes Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell, Alex Demie, Neal Huff, and Clifton Collins Jr., Waves is sure to be a staple on year-end Top 10 lists and a contender in the awards season conversation. It opens on November 1, 2019, likely in limited release and then expanding from there.