Sweet Tooth Offers the Charm of Epic Childhood Movies

Christian Convery as Gus in Netflix's Sweet Tooth. Image Courtesy of Netflix.

This week, I’m excited to present to all of you your interim Stranger Things obsession, Sweet Tooth. Half boy, half deer, “Sweet Tooth,” as he will come to be known through these adventures, is an animal-human hybrid boy named Gus (Christian Convery) who lives out in the woods and has never seen another person besides his father (Will Forte). When a traveler named Jepperd (Nonso Anozie) stumbles through Gus’ neck of the woods, the two become friends, venturing out across what remains of a post-apocalypse America in search of answers to Gus’ past. Based on Jeff Lemire’s DC Vertigo comic book series, Sweet Tooth looks full of action and hope with unexpected twists and turns that show a child, like a deer in the headlights, learning some of life’s most difficult lessons.  

The first things that pull you into the Sweet Tooth trailer are the beautifully captured cinematography images of a decaying world over the narration of James Brolin. The trailer aims to be aesthetically pleasing in almost every way from the landscapes, color palettes, inspiring music, and Brolin giving off that grandfatherly storybook tone that recalls Peter Falk in The Princess Bride. The images of the apocalypse have us recalling Jumanji, Mad Max, and maybe even a bit of Resident Evil: Retribution. While we know that this isn’t going to be a lighthearted fairy tale from the images of guns, skull helmets, and vicious creatures it still feels like you’re in for one of those epic childhood adventure stories like ThNeverending Story, Hook, and The Goonies 

Let’s face it, Netflix knows how to make a good coming of age science-fiction fantasy show. Lost in Space, Locke & Key, and the aforementioned Stranger Things are all pieces to an impressive resume. Showrunners Jim Mickle and Beth Schwartz are not without their credentials as well. Mickle, who mainly comes from a horror background on films like Mulberry St and Stake Landwhich also concerns a man and a boy navigating an apocalypsewill help to maintain a threatening atmosphere while Schwartz works some of the intensity from her DC Comics television credits like Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow into the series. And if that isn’t enough for you, Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey are executive producers as well. 

Sweet Tooth arrives on Netflix on June 4. 

So what do you think of the trailer for Sweet Tooth? Do you agree with Sean that it looks like it will rank among those epic childhood adventure stories? Let us know in the comments! And if you’re looking for horror trailers we’ve got you covered!

Written by Sean Parker

Sean lives just outside of Boston. He loves great concerts, all types of movies, video games, and all things nerd culture.

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