Update: Beautiful Boy trailer online
The trailer for Beautiful Boy has appeared online, a film starring the fantastic talents of Michael Sheen and Maria Bello, and it looks like it's one that could tear you apart, something that the trailer is doing its best to do already.
I have to admit to being struck by the intensity of a few moments of the trailer just as I was watching it, that doesn't happen very often, but the comfortable place it puts the viewer and then releases the valve just slightly is enough for a surprise.
Beautiful Boy is, well let me do something different. Watch the trailer first and then lets come back to it.
Right, now let me tell you a little more about the film, although all you need to know is in the trailer. It's the story of two parents who have to cope with the shocking news that their son was behind a mass school shooting which ended in him committing suicide.
The trailer is really powerful, well it was for me anyway, it hit home with a bang and I really did feel the emotion behind some of the scenes. It's a really well put together trailer, I have to give credit for that.
Michael Sheen and Maria Bello are two perfect talents for something this powerful. It's a great balance for Sheen who has done his fair share of fantasy, but it continues the intense roles that Bello is known for, although she doesn't get enough top line billing and she really should. This film could see a couple of great performances from them both, some well deserved recognition for Bello, and some more exposure for Sheen as an actor, not just of fantasy films or of famous faces.
The film is written by Michael Armbruster and Shawn Ku with Ku directing, and it's certainly set to tackle a hell of a story. The cast list is interesting too, Alan Tudyk, Moon Bloodgood, Darren O'Hare and Meat Loaf, yeah, that's what I thought too. Odd mix, but a powerful film with some strong messages.
Update: The trailer has arrived in Quicktime high definition over at Apple Trailers. I'm really excited about seeing Beautiful Boy, it still looks like it's going to be a powerful and emotionally challenging film.