happy new year colin burstead trailer

Ben Wheatley tends to make ultra-violent, ultra-strange movies that you can’t quite pin down. With Happy New Year, Colin Burstead, he appears to be trying something different. The trailer sells Wheatley’s latest as a wacky comedy of errors, but don’t be surprised if there’s more than meets the eye. In the film, a man rents a house in order to celebrate New Years with his extended family. The celebration doesn’t appear to go smoothly.

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Happy New Year Colin Burstead Review

It’s the tried and true experiment: stick a dysfunctional family in a big house for a day and see what happens. When done well, it can be a like a cathartic claustrophobic symphony. But Ben Wheatley‘s Happy New Year, Colin Burstead doesn’t pack a punch.

This particular story of family dysfunction is set in the grand Cumberland House in Dorset, also referred to by its characters as a castle, Burstead Hall and “fucking Downton Abbey.” It’s not exactly a bottle episode, because we do see glimpses of Colin (Neil Maskell), his Mum Sandy (Doon Mackichan) and his sister’s Gini’s houses (Hayley Squires), but not enough to get a sense of how differently they all live. With such a large ensemble and diversity of personalities, Happy New Year fails to flesh them out.

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happy new year colin burstead

Over the past few years, Ben Wheatley has proven himself to be one of the most exciting — and efficient — British directors working today, pumping out new movies on the regular. But after the release of High Rise in 2016 and Free Fire a year later, Wheatley went quiet. That is, until an inconspicuous Instagram post revealed that Wheatley was midway through shooting a new project tentatively titled Colin You Anus.

But now, we know the actual title of Wheatley’s new film. The secret Wheatley film has been revealed to be titled Happy New Year, Colin Burstead through the BFI London Film Festival’s announcement of its competition slate. And that’s how you make noise in the crowded film festival season.

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