Thursday, July 23, 2015

Oscar Watch: Freeheld (2015)

Hello, Bloggers, welcome to another special episode of Trailer Talk known as Oscar Watch, where I delve into trailers for upcoming Oscar contenders. Today's trailer is the LGBT biopic Freeheld starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page.

As I mentioned in my top 10 list of oscar films that will either flourish or crash and burn, critics will either be moved by this or find it emotionally pandering because of all the boxes it checks off as it is about a real-life lesbian couple fighting for pension rights while one half of the couple battles cancer. Plus, it features a pedigree Oscar club cast with recently anointed Best Actress winner Julianne Moore (I can still hear the hallelujah chorus just saying that), recent Best Actor nominee Steve Carell as well as previous nominees Ellen Page and Michael Shannon. So it could either by labeled as Oscar worthy or Oscar bait.

Now onto my thoughts. I'm on the fence about this one. While I'm sure the actors are very good in their roles, the film itself looks like it might have a Lifetime-y feel. Not really as cinematic as other topical films in the race might be like Carol. I do hope that I'm wrong, though. If it gets strong buzz towards the end pf the year, I'll maybe check it out. But whether it fares well or not, it is still great timing to release this, along with other LGBT films like Carol and The Danish Girl, in the year where the ban on gay marriage is finally lifted.

So those are my thoughts on the trailer for Freeheld. If you have seen the trailer, please feel free to write your thoughts about it in the comments section and share whether you think it seems like a legit Oscar contender. Thanks for reading!

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