Can You Make Out What The ‘White Noise’ Movie Trailer Is About?


Kay Smythe News and Commentary Writer
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The trailer for Netflix’s “White Noise” dropped Thursday, and after watching it about 50 times, I still didn’t get what it was about. I just knew I needed to see the whole movie as soon as possible.

The whole thing opens on a traffic jam in what looks to be the 1970s or ’80s, given the stylized cars. Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig’s characters sit in one of the cars, surrounded by children, looking at each other with horrified expressions. From here, we’re invited through a series of clips that introduce us to the world in which the movie is set, before some cryptic narration draws the trailer to a close.

“White Noise” is based on the book of the same title, written by Don DeLillo, according to the trailer’s YouTube caption. After Googling the plot, it would appear the storyline is a “meditation on modern society’s fear of death and its obsession with chemical cures,” according to the Wikipedia entry.

Since moving to the U.S. from Wales, I noticed that movie and television trailers here tend to tell the viewer the full story as a video synopsis instead of teasing our curiosity for the unknown. In this way, “White Noise” is far closer to what I was used to in British trailers, but I think that’s more a result of the complexity of the story woven by DeLillo. (RELATED: Country Music Superstar Morgan Wallen’s Response To Winning ACM Award Will Tug At Your Heartstrings)

I won’t be giving away much more, other than to say I think this film has the potential to be the next great dystopian indie movie where nothing happens but everything all at once. I can’t wait to catch it on Netflix on Aug. 31. Watch the trailer here: