Shang-Chi put a nice exclamation point on the summer movie season, such as it was during the second straight year of pandemic-thwarted theaters. Blockbusters didn’t quite bust the block the way they typically do when kids are out of school, but there were some solid entries just the same. But summer is over, and so is summer movie season. Now it’s time for the big guns. Literally.
Fall and winter are when the prestige movies come out. The grown-up stuff. The awards contenders. One of which is the highly-anticipated prequel to HBO’s landscape-altering TV series, The Sopranos.
The movie focuses on Tony when he’s just a teen in Newark, torn between going straight or following in his uncle’s footsteps during a tumultuous time in the New Jersey city’s history. The first trailer showcased young Michael Gandolfini, who steps into his late father’s shoes as the younger version of the indelible Tony Soprano.
The new trailer focuses more on Tony’s uncle, Dickie Moltosanti, the charismatic gangster he idolizes. We get a look at Moltosanti’s violent tendencies, as well as some of his friends, including Silvio and Big Pussy. We even see baby Christopher, already having a tough time. But judging by the fun, action-packed trailer, the audience won’t be having one.
The Many Saints of Newark: A Sopranos Story hits theaters – and HBO Max – on October 1st. Don’t fugghetaboutit:
Young Anthony Soprano is growing up in one of the most tumultuous eras in Newark’s history, becoming a man just as rival gangsters begin to rise up and challenge the all-powerful DiMeo crime family’s hold over the increasingly race-torn city. Caught up in the changing times is the uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti, who struggles to manage both his professional and personal responsibilities — and whose influence over his nephew will help make the impressionable teenager into the all-powerful mob boss we’ll later come to know: Tony Soprano.