The release of a new trailer for “Foxcatcher,” which stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, captures a glimpse of one of this fall’s most anticipated films. Based on a true story, this dark, psychological drama recounts what happens when an Olympic–gold–medal wrestler (Tatum) agrees to begin training under a wealthy schizophrenic heir (Carrell) and help form a wrestling team for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. “Foxcatcher” will be in theaters November 14th.
What We Love: Although we will be seeing Channing Tatum dancing on screen again in “Magic Mike XXL” (summer 2015), this film adds a new dimension to his growing repertoire. It received critical appraise at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where Bennett Miller won Best Director. Oscar buzz has been in the works ever since, as some claim that Steve Carrell is guaranteed an Oscar nomination in addition to calling it a “career–best” performance from Tatum. “Foxcatcher” is already a big success stories out of Cannes, so Tatum and Ruffalo should be strong bets for Oscar nominations too.
What We Don’t: As much as we anticipate one of the most highly regarded and talked about films, we have to hope that our expectations haven’t been set too high. We are all used to seeing Carell as a screwball comedy character, whether onscreen as the “40 Year–Old Virgin,” or as the stupid weatherman in “Anchorman.” Now, as he takes on a darker, more sophisticated and developed character that steers away from his quotable “I love lamp,” we have to go into theaters welcoming what has been recognized as a tremendous physical and internal transformation for the actor.