‘Beautiful Boy’ trailer

Posted by · 3:57 pm · August 31st, 2010

I’ve spaced it a bit on Shawn Ku’s “Beautiful Boy,” which is set to play the Toronto film festival next month.  There’s something a bit opportunistic and obvious to me about making a movie concerning the impact of a school shooting on the shooter’s parents, but nevertheless, Michael Sheen and Maria Bello appear to be bringing their “A” game here.  If a buyer looking for an acting awards run bites, that could change the course of the season somewhat.  We’ll know in a few weeks.  Check out the trailer after the jump.

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  • 1 8-31-2010 at 4:10 pm

    The Dude said...

    Didn’t do much for me overall, although I wasn’t really looking forward to this one to begin with. I will say that Bello looked pretty good (and it’s very Oscar-bait-ish, so she could land a nom for this).

  • 2 8-31-2010 at 4:21 pm

    Tim said...

    The trailer isn’t great, but Mario Bello and Michael Sheen are fantastic actors and severely overdue for nominations. Some scenes look to have an almost “In the Bedroom” feel, but the the music and other scenes are too uplifting. Hopefully the actual movie isn’t as sloppy.

  • 3 8-31-2010 at 4:26 pm

    John said...

    opening minute of the trailer gave me an American Beauty vibe

  • 4 8-31-2010 at 4:39 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    a movie like thi just doesnt look like any fun to watch, though the acting may be good

  • 5 8-31-2010 at 6:34 pm

    JFK said...

    Very funny that you posted this–I just watched this earlier today and was scratching my head as to why you didn’t at least include Bello and Sheen in your Contenders list.

  • 6 8-31-2010 at 7:34 pm

    Sēbastián said...

    Check out the official ‘dramatic’ poster for this film.;-)

  • 7 8-31-2010 at 7:35 pm

    Red said...

    This is the first that I’ve even heard of this, but my interesting couldn’t be any higher.

  • 8 8-31-2010 at 8:59 pm

    Michael said...

    Yikes, that trailer was really creaky. The performances looked like they could be very good but like AmericanRequiem said above, this doesn’t look like the type of film that one would just sit down to watch for fun (not saying that is a requirement for film-viewing) so the movie would have to really ride a wave of huge critical support for me to give it a go. I hate how most movie trailers are edited nowadays, they give everything away and the music choices can really be very manipulative (like the overly uplifting music used in the last half of this trailer.)

  • 9 8-31-2010 at 9:15 pm

    Glenn said...

    Awful trailer that leads to a worrying thought that the movie is all about a happy ending when the subject seems much more ideal to a treatment like “In the Bedroom”. The parent-of-a-school-shooter story was done in a terrible movie called “American Gun”. Hopefully its done better here.

  • 10 8-31-2010 at 10:23 pm

    Sieben said...

    To be fair, Glenn, Marcia Gay Harden gave a great performance in that terrible movie.

    The subject matter seems inherently depressing and just unpleasant, although this isn’t necessarily a bad thing if the film’s done tactfully and avoids obvious audience manipulation. To be honest, though, I see it bombing – a hunch based off of the feel projected here.

  • 11 8-31-2010 at 10:31 pm

    Tim said...

    Just wanted to add as well, we all know how well the last husband and wife drama did with the awards circuit and the academy. What I thought was a fantastic film failed to resonate anywhere, with Leo Dicaprio missing out on a nod for (in my opinion) one of his best adult performances and Kate Winslet winning the Oscar for the wrong movie. (Oh, I was talking about Revolutionary Road for those who didn’t know)

  • 12 9-01-2010 at 12:46 am

    Arty said...

    I can’t see ‘Beautiful Boy’ going too far, but there is nothing inherently wrong with telling a story like this. I for one am enormously looking forward to Lynne Ramsay’s adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s wonderful novel on this exact subject: ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’.

  • 13 9-01-2010 at 12:17 pm

    ChrisG said...

    I agree with Arty. This looks okay, at least not bad at all, though maybe a little cheesy. But I am so looking forward to “We need to talk about Kevin.” That book was just amazing.

  • 14 9-01-2010 at 2:58 pm

    Luke said...

    It looks like the subject matter may be interesting, and the performances will be good, but it looks like the directing may be a little dull. A movie like American Beauty would have only been alright if not for Mendes’s artful direction. A similar approach might have been a good idea here.

  • 15 9-01-2010 at 9:27 pm

    Leocdc said...

    I really wanna see this. It may be or not an uplifting movie, but I’m sure it’ll be a dramatic story with great performances and a lesson to learn… so count me in! SO COUNT ME IN :D

  • 16 9-02-2010 at 12:08 am

    Glenn said...

    Sieben, I thought she was terrible as Marcia Gay Harden so often is when she’s not being blazingly brilliant. She has NO middle ground.