Another First Glance: “Foxcatcher”

To me it’s rare to see a new trailer seem to have less, due to time length, than the first one that came out several months ago. Maybe the film companies are still trying to get people really intrigued, although I doubt it, as the way this trailer is cut pretty much sums up everything you need to know, like the original one.

A new teaser trailer, actually two, for the upcoming co-produced Sony Pictures Classics and Annapurna Pictures biographical film, “Foxcatcher” were released today, which comes months after the initial trailer debuted back in May.

This biographical film 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”).

The film was directed by Bennet Miller (“Moneyball”, “Capote”) and written by E. Max Frye (“Band of Brothers”) and Dan Futterman (“Capote”).

The film is set for a November 14, 2014. The film already debuted at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it competed in the main competition and won the Palme d’Or for Best Director. The film will also appear at the Telluride Film Festival and London Film Festival among others.

While this is being classified as a teaser, which confuses me, it gives so much about the film.

Mainly, and this is what I love, it goes deep into the psychological issues that plague the main characters. These characters are so determined, in various ways, to achieve greatness or not let down different people, that it really appears to take a great toll.

This, as with the film itself, is really a character study. Finally being able to see so much that Tatum will undergo provides an interesting look at how this film will unfold and how dramatic things will get.

Carell, on the other hand, is an entirely different thing altogether. It isn’t just that we get to see his determination and ambition, his desire to win come through in the character, but to see how truly disturbed he is. There’s so much about him that is plain bothersome, which should make for an interesting character driven film.

While I’m disappointed this wasn’t a lengthier, and more story inclusive trailer, I’m glad that there was finally a glimpse as to who these main characters are. Except for when you look at Ruffalo, who may have been seen, but you know nothing about his character. That’s where a normal trailer would be great. Maybe later. For now, this is definitely worth it.


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