Just a few weeks ago, Sony’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk was an Oscar frontrunner, with awards-friendly director Ang Lee (Life of Pi) at helm and the fact that it was filmed at an insane and groundbreaking 120 frames per second. That all changed when it closed out the New York Film Festival with mixed to negative reactions, many of which commented on the film’s look, which they said was far too distracting and fake-looking to actually work cinematically.
However, there were a few that did seem to enjoy it and the technical achievements it makes, and Sony seems to be banking on that to sell the film. The trailer (which really doesn’t tell you what the film is about) is full of positive reactions from what seems like a handful of critics. But if you look closely, you’ll see a lot of the quotes are from the same few critics. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but you do have to admire Sony and their team for trying to still push this film as an awards contender to the general public.
Here’s the new trailer below:
Sadly at this point, it seems like this one will end up vying for the technical awards rather than the big ones that they might have been hoping for originally. That being said, I’m still looking forward to it, if only to see what all the fuss is about with filming it at a (much) higher frame rate than usual.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk opens in theaters November 11th.