“Cuckoo” — their word, not ours — is perhaps the best way to describe the fast-paced events in David O. Russell’s 1930s caper “Amsterdam,” whose official trailer arrived on Wednesday.
Touted as a historical drama but played as a comedy similar to Russell’s other films, “Amsterdam” stars Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and John David Washington respectively as a doctor, a nurse and a lawyer.
The 2 1/2-minute new teaser, featuring the 1971 song “I’d Love to Change the World” by Ten Years After, begins with comedian Chris Rock asking Washington’s character Harold why he killed “a dead white man.” in a box”. and causes the collegial trio to scurry out of a building with said box.
From there, the trailer offers glimpses of the film’s diverse and fabulously costumed cast, including Robert De Niro, Rami Malek, Alessandro Nivola, Timothy Olyphant, Andrea Riseborough, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Shannon, Mike Myers and Zoe Saldaña and even singer-songwriter Taylor Swift.
In fact, the final 30 seconds of the trailer is devoted to introducing the all-star cast, featuring a glimpse of a red-lipped Swift showing painful emotion.
The film will be described as an “original crime epic about three close friends who find themselves at the center of one of the most shocking secret conspiracies in American history,” according to a statement from Disney, New Regency Prods of 20th Century Studios and Forest Hill Entertainment. A first look at the story, which “weaves historical fact with fiction,” was unveiled during CinemaCon in Las Vegas in April.
“You don’t come here unless things started a long time ago. So two soldiers and a nurse found themselves in…Amsterdam,” says Bale’s character Burt in the trailer, with Robbie’s Valerie interrupting the line about the location and telling her wounded new pals that she has to “stab a guy.” [and] once hit a lady with a brick.”
“We made a pact and vowed to protect each other no matter what,” Burt says, explaining that they’re accused of killing someone, “which isn’t true.”
A title card in the trailer insists that “a lot of this actually happened,” and of course chaos ensues as the trio try to deal with the murder victim’s corpse and the larger plan Death unravels. They enlist the help of De Niro’s character, who says his friend “was killed because he saw something monstrous,” and tells the gang that involvement could cost him his life.
Cue comedic relief as Paul von Myers tells him, “The cuckoo’s in the cuckoo’s nest and the cuckoo’s about to be caught,” as they stand backstage at a theater. Shannon, standing next to him, claps her claps for emphasis.
Written, directed and produced by Oscar nominee Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, The Fighter), “Amsterdam” opens in theaters exclusively on November 4th.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2022-07-06/amsterdam-trailer-david-o-russell-christian-bale-margot-robbie-john-david-washington ‘Amsterdam’ trailer includes Taylor Swift and Chris Rock