Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for Oscar-winning director Ang Lee‘s Iraq War drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Based on the novel of the same name by Ben Fountain and shot at an unprecedented 120 frames per second in 4K native 3D, the film revolves around a squad of soldiers being heralded as heroes at the halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game, as flashbacks reveal what really happened during their harrowing Iraq War battle.
On the surface, Billy Lynn looks like it has an interesting hook by depicting the brutality of war contrasted against America’s desire for hero-worship with our armed services. However, while this new trailer is plastered with laudatory blurbs, a quick check of Rotten Tomatoes shows that the film is only at 47%, and a lot of the criticisms lobbed against the film are targeted at the decision to shoot the film in 120 frames per second. While I’m still curious to see the movie in this format because it’s the way Lee intended it, it’s more out of curiosity for the technical specifications rather than excitement for the story he’s trying to tell.
Watch the new Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk trailer below and click here to read Brian’s review. The film stars Joe Alwyn, Vin Diesel, Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, and Steve Martin. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk opens in theaters on November 11th.