“Y'all mother fuckers wanna get weird?”
I don’t know if there has ever been an opening line to a trailer that better encompasses its tone and approach than this one. And still, amid all the organized chaos, I don't entirely understand Daniel Scheinert’s The Death of Dick Long.
The film, in a nutshell, centers around Dick...or rather the death of Dick. Though we don’t know exactly how it all went down, it appears that Dick’s bandmates Zeke and Earl do, and they have zero interest in anyone else finding out.
But that might be a problem. Set in small-town Alabama, where news travels faster than the summer heat, these guys aren’t the brightest crayon in the box and are finding it immensely difficult to cover their tracks. With Zeke’s wife and daughter already asking way too many questions for comfort, it appears only a matter of time before the police piece together the clues.
Scheinert, one half of the hilarious duo known as Daniels, takes his place behind the camera, and based on the first impression, it looks to be for a good cause. The trailer is somewhat anarchic and bears a style similar to the iconic Jim Jarmusch. And I'd be lying if I said I completely understand what is going on. But that is a good thing. We all need a bit of mystery in our lives, and there is no better studio to bring that to the big screen than the risk-takers at A24.
Starring Michael Abbott Jr., Virginia Newcomb, Andrew Hyland, Sarah Baker, Jess Weixler, and Sunita Mani, The Death of Dick Long works its way into theaters on September 27.