Gerwig and Driver stare into space and at each other in this adaptation of Don DeLillo’s postmodern satire.
Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig are there Not OK in Noah Baumbach’s “White Noise,” an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s 1985 satire about an airborne toxic event that threatens an already fragile community. Netflix releases the dark comedy in select theaters on November 25 before streaming on December 30. Check out the new trailer below.
Two-time Academy Award nominee Driver plays college professor Jack Gladney, who made his name in the academic world by pioneering Hitler studies. But when the aforementioned toxic omen takes over his fictional college town, Jack and his wife Babette (Gerwig) are determined to protect their family, played by Raffey Cassidy, Sam Nivola and May Nivola. Other leading roles are played by André Benjamin, Don Cheadle and Jodie Turner-Smith.
“White Noise” caused a stir at the Venice Film Festival in August when it became the first film to represent Netflix as the festival’s opening night. The film then made it to the New York Film Festival as a premiere selection. Reviews were mostly upbeat – IndieWire’s David Ehrlich called it both “inspired” and “annoying”.
In this wacky film, writer-director Baumbach operates on a bigger screen after movies like Marriage Story and The Meyerowitz Stories—also for Netflix—focused on middle-class relationship crises. There are elements of those films here too, as Jack’s marriage to Babette is increasingly strained by events both apocalyptic and mundane. To give you a sense of just how oversized this film can be, it ends with a choreographed dance routine set to a new song by LCD Soundsystem. Train crashes, car chases and a CGI cloud abound in Baumbach’s mad vision.
In fact, even Baumbach’s IRL partner Gerwig knows the film’s plot sounds like the ramblings of a “stoned teenager.” At a meeting with IndieWire earlier this year, Baumbach said he’s still figuring everything out, too.
“There’s a lot to say about that,” he said. “I started doing it to see if I felt like it could be a movie. The more I delved into it, the more excited I became about things I could do that couldn’t be done in a book.”
https://www.indiewire.com/2022/11/white-noise-new-trailer-adam-driver-greta-gerwig-1234784956/ “White Noise” New Trailer: Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig face the void