No, this is not a scene from the worst Black Mirror never made. It’s the saddest Elektra, in GIF form, from the trailer for Jason Reitman’s upcoming film, Men, Women, and Children. Garner, who plays a woman with a phone, stars along with Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer, and Ansel Fault-Bro. Could this be a return to form for Reitman, who stumbled a little with Labor Day? We shall see. Sidebar: I didn’t see Labor Day, but the trailer put me off peach pie for life …
This could be an Information Age Ice Storm we’ve got on our hands. Or not. The reason for this post isn’t to rag on Garner — who also made the rounds today after getting thrown in the pool by Batman — or a wordless trailer, as much as to point out how hard it is to even approximate the online experience in a movie.
Jennifer Garner looks like she is regarding an alien artifact that she just found in the folds of her Elsee linen Anthropologie duvet. And the rest of the trailer depicts characters speaking almost exclusively in a kind of PostSecret language. Capturing digital life in a movie is hard. Capturing the banality of digital life is even harder. Hollywood is going to have to figure it out, though. The more our lives take place online, the more people are going to want to see that experience represented onscreen.