At First Glance: “Foxcatcher”

A teaser trailer for the upcoming co-produced Sony Pictures Classics (“Blue Jasmine”, “Before Midnight”, “The Company You Keep”) and Annapurna Pictures (“American Hustle”, “Her”) biographical film, “Foxcatcher” was released today, after the cast showed for the films debut at the Cannes Film Festival.

The film is set for a November 14, 2014 release, which for those of you that keep track of such things, know this is the time films are released to compete and qualify in the major awards season.

It stars Steve Carell (“Crazy, Stupid, Love.”, “The Office”), Channing Tatum (“The Lego Movie”, “White House Down”), and Mark Ruffalo (“The Normal Heart”, “The Kids Are Alright”), with a screenplay by E. Max Frye (“Band of Brothers”) and Dan Futterman (“Capote”) and direction by Bennett Miller (“Moneyball”, “Capote”).

Riveting.That’s really all that needs to be said for this trailer and everything that is contained within. Sure it isn’t much, but given that the film won’t hit theaters for a little under six months, that’s okay.

All the scenes, which go quickly, provide so much. Enough detail on what to expect from the performances, and how the film will look and feel.

This film is exciting, for a few simple reasons. First, there’s the fact that this is about an incident, which no doubt made headlines, from the mid-1990s, that some may or may not have known about. Second, this is a heavily dramatic film and role for Carell, who has mostly done comedy or comedy blended with drama, as in the case of “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” or “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”. To me, he did fine with both those films, but this is something else altogether. The character is complex and Carell does not resemble his normal self, which will probably help us forget that it is Carell we’re watching on screen. Third, is that this may finally be the one time audiences don’t roll their eyes at Tatum. He actually is playing an interesting character. His character will go through so much and that will ultimately help drive, what will be a powerful and disturbing true story, forward.

There’s also the knowledge that this film has been directed by the same man behind “Capote” and “Moneyball”. While I enjoyed the former more than the latter, they were both well made films. From acting to screenwriting, there was so much in both that helped present clear and fascinating stories you want too see again and again.

Will the first full length trailer give us so much more and make for an even more compelling film? Yes. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for that to be released.

This film is in the capable hands of Megan Ellison and her company Annapurna Pictures, so there’s really no doubt in my mind that this film will live up to any and all expectations. Even those coming from this first teaser.

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