It’s hard to know what you’re going to get with a Colin Trevorrow movie. His first film was the resourceful indie comedy Safety Not Guaranteed, an off-center rom-com about a guy who claims he’s invented time travel. He went from that straight to the megabudget, crowd-pleasing Jurassic World. Not long after that, he was announced as the director of Star Wars: Episode IX. But between the two, Trevorrow was going to go back to smaller scale stuff with The Book of Henry, a mystery script from crime novelist Gregg Hurwitz whose story was being kept under wraps.
But now the trailer is out for The Book of Henry and, well, it’s still pretty hard to know what we’re going to get with this Trevorrow movie. On the surface, it looks like a cute family comedy about a single mother (Naomi Watts) whose life is held together by the dictations of her quirky 12-year-old son, Henry (Jaeden Lieberher). He’s not just wise beyond his years, he seems to be a real-deal boy genius. So what do the two together? Oh, just the standard mom-and-kid stuff. Ya’ know, build Rube Goldberg machines around a tree house, play in the woods, and bring covert suburban justice to the next-door neighbor whom they suspect is molesting his daughter.
It’s an unexpected end game for this kind of setup, and we are wildly curious to see where Trevorrow goes with it. Check it out.
The Book of Henry hits theaters on June 16, 2017.