With July 4th right around the corner, we have a new movie trailer out that reminds us of our veterans and those currently serving in the armed forces. The first trailer for Thank You For Your Service (2017) recently dropped, and it looks very inspiring, while still feeling like your standard fare war/war recovery film. Inspired by true events, the synopsis for the film on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) reads, "A look at how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects American servicemen and women returning home from war." Interestingly, this first trailer has me believe that it is mostly Adam Schumann's (Miles Teller) story, as we see very little of anyone else. There is nothing wrong with this, but it does make the plot description a little misleading. Of course, more trailers will be coming so things might change.
It does seem to this writer that the title feels a little bland and commercial-like. Those are powerful words, but they just don't sound like a movie title. Regardless, the trailer looks quite promising and uplifting.
Watching this trailer, the whole time I was reminded of one of the all-time classic films, The Best Years of Our Lives from 1946. It is a long film to watch, but it delivers an emotional and powerful story of three servicemen trying to cope with their lives after returning from the war. If you haven't seen it, it is worth your time. There are great performances all around, and it looks like maybe some of this upcoming film's style was influenced by that Best Picture Oscar-winning film.
Miles Teller has certainly proved his acting chops, especially in films like The Spectacular Now (2013), Whiplash (2014), and last year's Bleed For This (2016); and Haley Bennett (who will play Teller's wife, Saskia Schumann) is an immensely talented rising star, as evidenced by her roles in films like last year's The Girl on the Train (2016) and The Magnificent Seven (2016).
Directed by Jason Hall, the writer of Paranoia (2013) and American Sniper (2014), Thank You For Your Service stars Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, and Amy Schumer (how she will fit into this dramatic story we can only speculate), and hits theaters this fall on October 27, 2017, not long before Veterans Day.
Check out the first trailer below!