Hello, Bloggers, welcome to another episode of my Oscar Watch where I discuss trailers for upcoming Oscar contenders. For this post, I will discuss the trailer for the upcoming boxing drama Bleed For This based on the true story of Vinny Pazienza, played by Miles Teller, who suffered a near fatal car accident and fought his way back to the ring with the help of his mentor and family. The film gets a limited release on November 4th and then goes wide on November 23rd.
Trailer below: (this was the best link I could find)
To me, this one looks ppppreettyyy....formulaic. Now, what happened to the real Vinny Pazienza was really unfortunate and I'm not trying to kick him down or anything. It's just that we've seen this type of redemption story before.
I also don't see this having much commercial potential because since we already just had Creed and Southpaw and pretty soon Hands Of Stone starring Edgar Ramirez and Robert De Niro, I think audiences might feel they are being hit with too many of the same punches. Maybe having Miles Teller, whose star is on the rise, will attract some interest. But we shall see. I think Best Actor might be too competitive for him to get in but at the very least, it's another film in his growing portfolio.
If the film does deliver, I think with this and Sully, Aaron Eckhart could be really strong for Best Supporting Actor. He does have a mentor role which Supporting Actor is often a sucker for. At the very least, he could get a nomination but a win is up in the air. As Sylvester Stallone will probably tell you, playing the mentor can get you in the Final Five but a win isn't guaranteed.
What do you guys think? Do you think it looks like a legitimate Oscar contender and do you think it just looks like a great film? Please feel free to write your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading!