It’s a little early for Oscar season with most of us having barely survived this years award season, but that doesn’t seem to have stop people from already thinking about the most likely contender for honours as best films of 2016 and this next movie, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, is one of those that is seen as a potential for an Oscar next year. The film is directed by Ang Lee (Crouching tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi) and he is a director whose films are always likely to be in contention though, as he has a visionary and unique style to his films and this one is no different.
The film is about a soldier who gets honoured at the Super Bowl half-time show for his efforts during the war in Iraq and what he details the worst day of his life and is surrounded by flash backs of his time in the war and life leading up to the epic event. It’s a wartime drama that deals not with the glory of battle or the politics that started it all, but with what happens to the soldiers afterwards – which is always a powerful story to tell and sets the story’s emotional back drop.
The film has already picked up some interest due to Lee’s groundbreaking use of 120 fps to heighten the realism of the war flashbacks, but the present day unfolds at a Thanksgiving Day football game, where the soldiers are to be honored in a glitzy halftime show.
The “slowed down cover of a pop song” thing is way overdone and used in far too many trailers, but if you can get past that this looks like a film that will offer a little something for everyone, incredible war scenes, romance, theatrics and a feel good and inspiring story. The cast is certainly solid with Vin Diesel, Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, and Steve Martin starring alongside newcomer Joe Alwyn who will take on the role of Billy Lynn.
Its early for most of us to even think about award shows, but from the trailer so far, it certainly has what it takes.
The official synopsis is as follows:
Three-time Academy Award® winner Ang Lee brings his extraordinary vision to Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, based on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling novel. The film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad – contrasting the realities of the war with America’s perceptions. The film also stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, with Vin Diesel, and Steve Martin. Lee used new technology, shooting at an ultra-high frame rate for the first time in film history, to create an immersive digital experience helping him dramatize war in a way never seen before.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is scheduled for release in the US on Veteran’s Day, November 11th with a screenplay written by Jean-Christophe Castelli and based on the novel by Ben Fountain.
Last Updated: May 17, 2016