Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk‘ is currently suffering from mixed reviews, garnering a rating of 7.3 stars in IMDB but failing to produce a strong Metascore (currently at 53 points).
The movie has received both praise and criticism because of Lee’s choice to film it at an astounding 120 frames per second.
Ang Lee is a US-based Taiwanese director known for many blockbuster movies that tend to leave a lasting impression on regular film enthusiasts.
His work goes from movies like ‘Sense and Sensibility,’ (1993) adapted from the Jane Austen classic novel to the kung-fu classic ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ (2000).
This movie follows the story of Army recruit Billy Lynn, who comes home to cheering audiences on a victory tour.
Lynn, like most soldiers, did not return unharmed from Iraq, psychologically speaking, and the film attempts to portray the hypocrisy of American society regarding war and veterans.
The cast and crew behind one of the most technically ambitious projects of the year
25-year-old Joe Alwyn plays Billy. He has no other main acting records to date, but reviews point out to him giving a solid performance. Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) accompanies him along with Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker, Steve Martin and Kristen Stewart.
Production was in charge of Ben Fountain, who published the original novel the film is based in 2012 and has some minor acting credits, Brian Bell (Neighbors, 22 Jump Street), Jean-Christophe Castelli (Sense and Sensibility, Life of Pi), among others.
John Toll contributed with cinematography. He is known for his work on the photography of sci-fi fantasy films such as Jupiter Ascending (2015), and Cloud Atlas (2012).
He also participated in the hit TV series ‘Sense8,’ created by Lilly Wachowski, ‘Iron Man 3,’ ‘The Last Samurai,’ ‘The Adjustment Bureau,’ and many others.
Additional facts and current box office status
Besides being young Joe Alwyn first feature film in his whole career, this is Chris Tucker’s first feature film in four years. Film fans might remember Tuck for his colorful role alongside Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, and Gary Oldman in ‘The Fifth Element.’
As stated in most reviews, this is the first Hollywood film shot entirely on a 120fps rate with native 4K rendering and mastering, which produced a realistic effect that many viewers found uncomfortable inside the movie theater. The film also came out in 3D.
As of yesterday, the movie had grossed an estimate of $23 million worldwide according to BoxOfficeMojo, also obtaining a suitable place in current American charts, and this gives it enough time to try and surpass its $40 million production budget.