Waves is Trey’s third feature length film and definitely my favorite so far. All three films have been distributed by A24 and all three films are very different. Trey has said over and over again that this one is the most personal and it shows. Whether that be in his own life or someone he knows, it was made with a tremendous amount of attention to detail.
Kelvin Harrison Jr. plays a high school senior named Tyler and Taylor Russell plays his younger and quiet sister, Emily. They live in the suburbs of Miami with their very serious parents, Ronald and Catherine played by Sterling K. Brown and Renée Elise Goldsberry. At first glance they seem like a well run unit, but then we wouldn’t have a film, right? Actions are taken that come with real life consequences and the word family is tested to the highest degree.
Every actor seemed to be all in with this one, making it very difficult to choose a stand out. Lucas Hedges and Alexa Demie play our main characters' partners and they both continue to blow me away. Sterling K. is damn near perfect as usual and I really enjoyed the work Goldsberry put in. She’s definitely on my radar now. Harrison and Russell are on the fucking rise. The lengths that they go to as actors for this is astonishing. I will admit that Waves isn’t for everyone due to its extremely raw tempo. The cinematographer, Drew Daniels also worked on HBO’s Euphoria. I find it to be truly fascinating and different from the pace we are used to. Trey Edward Schults has officially arrived.