The official trailer for Ang Lee’s film, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, is here and it’s quite evocative. Billy Lynn is a soldier who returns home from Iraq something of an American hero who is being honored at a Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving game halftime show. It’s just that things may not be what they seem, and the truth of what happened to Billy in Iraq might actually be a lot more complicated. The film is based on Ben Fountain’s critically acclaimed 2012 novel of the same name. If the film is anything like the novel, it’s going to be one hell of an emotional rollercoaster.
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.
This is a really triggering subject for me because as a veteran, I can totally relate. I’m glad that Lee is the one to bring the book to film because it’s a story that needs to be told. I just can’t watch it because it’s going to piss me off. Anyway, have you read Fountain’s novel? Does the trailer look like it’s going to do the novel justice?
And check out Vin Diesel stepping out from his usual hypermasculine repertoire to show some depth in his acting abilities. You go, boy!