On June 28th, the weekend before the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Ronald F. Maxwell, the acclaimed filmmaker who gave us two of the greatest Civil War epics ever made (1993’s Gettysburg, and the underrated 2003 prequel Gods and Generals), will release the film Copperhead. With this film, Mr. Maxwell returns to the Civil War era with a smaller, more personal film that takes a look at the price of dissent during the nation’s deadliest war. And today, Yahoo! Movies released the first theatrical trailer for the film. I wanted to take a few minutes to discuss the trailer. But before I do, here is the trailer for you to view:
From the very outset, it is clear that this film will be different from any film yet made about the American Civil War. While the war is clearly felt in this small village in New York state, the battlefields and armies are far away from this tranquil town. It is definitely more of a character-driven film. Based on the trailer, the film has more of an intimate feel to it, unlike Mr. Maxwell’s previous Civil War films, which were epic in their scope. For the most part, the cast for the film looks very authentic, and the setting of the film is very idyllic, though the fraction between the neighbors is certain to become a bloodbath as well.
There are two small quibbles I have. One is with the trailer, and one is about the film itself. Although powerful, the trailer does seem to have an abrupt ending to it. Just as it seems to continue to build up to an exciting climax, it ends just like that. As for the film itself, it does appear that Lucy Boynton, the British actress who is portraying Esther Hagadorn in the film, seems to have a somewhat difficult time with an American accent. During a couple of moments, she seems to slip into her natural British dialect. However, I am aware that this is just a two-minute trailer, and the clips used might not give the whole picture.
Overall, I am very impressed with the trailer, and it definitely leaves the viewer excited to see the film in its entirety. Once again, it appears Ron Maxwell has created a finely-crafted film that will tell a unique chapter from the story of America during her bloodiest war.
What are your thoughts and opinions on the trailer? I welcome all to comment.