Monday, May 19, 2014

2014 Cannes Film Festival: Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher Premieres

We have been waiting entirely too long to see Foxcatcher, after it was bumped from 2013 to get out of that brutal Oscar season. It premiered at Cannes last night, and according to early reviews, the final product was totally worth the wait. Miller looks to have knocked it out of the park again, making it three in a row (Capote and Moneyball being the first two in this trilogy). Word is not only positive on Miller's direction, but the script, and the trio of stars, Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum are also getting their due and already garnering a ton of early Oscar buzz. We'll have to see how this lands in the states, but it looks like Miller could have another great Oscar nomination morning come January.

Justin Chang at Variety gets straight to the point with the film's potential Oscar credentials:

"...this insidiously gripping psychological drama is a model of bleak, bruising, furiously concentrated storytelling, anchored by exceptional performances from Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and an almost unrecognizable Steve Carell. Perhaps the sole credible awards-season heavyweight to have emerged from this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the Nov. 14 Sony Classics release should land with major impact among serious-minded moviegoers, as well as a possible cross-section of Tatum and Carell fans who don’t mind a dramatic change of pace."

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Jessica Kiang at The Playlist at Indiewire writes:

"We’ve been anticipating "Foxcatcher" since forever, it feels like, and our expectations were sky high, and yet in almost every way this towering film exceeds them. The sweeping intelligence of Miller’s enormous movie feels like it will be feeding our minds for days to come and as the best of his films, it is also simply one of the best dramas dissecting contemporary America (despite its period) that we've ever seen. Like the fox hunts that are a recurring motif or like the munitions with which the du Pont family first made their fortune, the arc of this story tends inexorably towards senseless death, but Miller has taken this unthinkable crime and carefully, precisely, dazzlingly, thought it out."

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Todd McCarthy at The Hollywood Reporter writes:

"Centered on an astonishing and utterly unexpected serious turn by Steve Carell, this beautifully modulated work has a great deal on its mind about America's privileged class, usurious relationships, men's ways of proving themselves, brotherly bonds and how deeply sublimated urges can assert themselves in the most unsavory ways. Yet another adventurous, first-class production from Annapurna Pictures, the Sony Pictures Classics release has everything going for it to prevail as one of the major prestige titles of late 2014."

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