Many movie buffs probably know the name Alex Garland. While he first gained attention as a novelist in the 1990s, Garland would later write screenplays for several critically acclaimed genre films before moving into directing. Garland’s official directorial debut Ex-Machina is particularly notable because it not only won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects the same year as Mad Max: Fury Road and Star Wars: The Force Awakens but also became a quintessential entry into the science fiction genre.
However, Garland’s latest film Men is a bit different from his other works as a director in that he tones down the sci-fi and tones down the horror. First announced in 2021, the film stars the Oscar nominee Jessie Buckley as a grieving widow whose journey through the English countryside takes a dark turn when a mysterious stranger begins following her. If this brief plot synopsis doesn’t pique your interest, know that dreadful penny ordinary Rory Kinner also appears in the film as the many inhabitants of this countryside.
Whether you’re a fan of Garland or want to watch the film out of sheer curiosity, this handy guide will answer any viewing questions you might have. Men like when it’s coming out, if it’s in theaters and what critics have to say about the movie.
The first trailer for Men was released on February 9, 2022. This 90-second teaser shows several creepy images, including Buckley’s character walking towards an ominous-looking statue and a pile of apples slowly falling from a tree. The trailer doesn’t reveal much about the film’s plot, but it still keeps viewers wanting to know more. Not to mention the echoes of Buckley’s call repeating throughout the teaser add to the unease.
A full trailer was released on March 23, 2022. This preview reveals more about the plot and shows some of the characters played by Kinnear (a priest, a bartender, and a child to name a few) while continuing to keep the film. mysterious and suspenseful. Plus, just like the first trailer, echoes of Buckley’s call play throughout, and they’re still as spooky as ever.
When will the men be freed?
Men was released in the US on May 20, 2022 and in the UK on June 1, 2022. The film will also be screened at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival on May 22 as part of its Directors’ Fortnight selection.
Will The Men be released in theaters?
Yes, Men will be released exclusively in US theaters on May 20, 2022. Click here to find out if the film is playing in a theater near you.
Will Men be available to stream the same day as cinemas?
Nope, Men will not be available to stream on the day of its theatrical release. As of this writing, it’s unclear when the film will be available to stream.
However, A24, the film’s distributor, signed an exclusive output deal with Showtime Networks in late 2019 to release and air all of their non-apple movies released in theaters until November 1, 2022. Therefore, Men is likely to appear on Showtime as well as its affiliate channels and streaming services sometime after it hits theaters.
When can you watch Men on Blu-ray and VOD?
Men has not yet received a Blu-ray or DVD release. However, films are usually available on these platforms three to four months after their theatrical release, which means that Men will likely be released on Blu-ray and DVD in August 2022 or September 2022.
For all those who prefer to see Men on VOD, films are usually available on this platform one to two weeks before being available on Blu-ray. So, Men could still be on VOD in August 2022 or September 2022.
What are men talking about?
Regardless of whether he writes or directs, many of Garland’s films have dealt with masculinity, and he wanted to make that even clearer with the title of his new film. Talk with Weekly entertainment in April 2022, Garland had this to say about the title of Men:
“It comes up often, in different ways. With Men, I just sort of thought, ‘Damn, I’m just gonna go straight into that.’ Maybe it’s just that with Meninstead of running underneath, it stays there on the surface.”
As to whether the film contains #MeToo postsGarland says it’s up to viewers to decide:
“A lot of it is about how the viewer reacts to it. The movie is about giving 50% of something, which could be touchstones, and the viewer provides another 50%. If that’s your answer, I’m fascinated by that.”
Here’s the official plot synopsis of the movie if you want to know more:
In the aftermath of a personal tragedy, Harper (Jessie Buckley) retreats alone to the beautiful English countryside, hoping to have found a place to heal. But someone or something from the surrounding woods seems to be stalking her. What begins as simmering terror becomes a fully formed nightmare, inhabited by his darkest memories and fears in visionary filmmaker Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Annihilation) new feverish and changing horror film.
How is the critical reception of men?
If you are still not sure to see Men, it may help to know that the film is doing very well with critics. At the time of this writing, Men holds an overall score of 85% on Rotten Tomatoes. Additionally, the critics’ consensus reads, “While its narrative and thematic scope sometimes overwhelms its scope, magnetic performances from a stellar cast help Men make the most of his horror taunts.”
Collider Ross Bonaime had this to say about Men in his review:
“It’s exciting to see a writer and director like Garland take a huge swing like Meneven if it doesn’t fully hold together as tightly as something like Ex-Machina or Annihilation. Men is certainly more about asking questions than providing answers, a difficult, strange and often horrifying journey that certainly does not hold the weirdness and wants to crawl into the viewer’s brain. With Menaudiences get Garland 100% unfiltered, and while not everything works out, it’s fascinating to see what happens when a storyteller like Garland can experiment like this and show a story like we’ve never seen before. “
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