In the new trailer for Amazon Studios’ Life Itself, love knows no bounds as Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde embark on a fairytale romance - or at least that's how it seems before the inevitable drama returns them to reality.
Directed by Dan Fogelman - the creator of NBC’s hit series This Is Us - Life Itself takes an expansive look at enduring bonds by examining various relationships, throughout multiple generations, in both New York City and Spain. While the film’s male lead, Isaac, has achieved a massive international following for portraying Poe Dameron in the Star Wars franchise and Apocalypse in the X-Men franchise, his female co-star, Wilde, has mostly appeared in modest independent features and recently starred in HBO’s ill-fated series Vinyl. In Life Itself, they’ll be joined by Antonio Banderas, Mandy Patinkin, and Ready Player One’s Olivia Cooke.
Today, Amazon Studios released Life Itself’s first trailer, and it’s most definitely loaded up with melodrama. Initially, the clip emphasizes the strong connection between Isaac’s Will and Wilde’s Abby, with the former saying all the right things before he makes his big move. But rather than committing to an epic romance formulaic structure, complete with all the usual cliches, the trailer subsequently points out that heroes may, in fact, be villains - and vice versa.
Overall, the collective visuals don’t necessarily establish how the various characters intertwine, but the inherent message is clear: Life is full of ups and downs, and romantic adventures are part of a much larger story. Based on Isaac’s changing looks - clean cut, bearded, and even pony-tailed - it seems that his character, or perhaps character(s), will experience quite the narrative arc. Plus, the trailer’s score packs an emotional punch, too - an aesthetic quality that's crucial to Fogelman productions.
In the past, Fogelman has written films like Pixar’s Cars (2006), Walt Disney’s Bolt (2008), and Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), all of which are known for their endearing characters and charming dialogue. Earlier this year, he had pop culture buzzing after killing off a popular This Is Us character, suggesting that his latest feature film, Life Itself, will most likely be an emotional rollercoaster. It’s also worth noting that Fogelman produced the 2015 dramedy Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, a film that barely out-earned its budget but features a poignant performance from Olivia Cooke, the aforementioned Life Itself co-star.
As a film and television writer, Fogelman undoubtedly knows how to emotionally connect with audiences. With Life Itself, it will be interesting to see if he can effectively balance the romance and drama throughout the film’s 117-minute duration.
Life Itself will be released on September 21.
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