Joaquin Phoenix is quite a complicated public figure. His talent leaves no room for doubt and the Oscar for Best Actor for his work in Joker – 91% was but a small taste of what they have achieved over the years within the industry. However, much of the public dislike the way they express their views on politics, society and even lifestyles. It is not uncommon for Hollywood actors to come out in favor of what they believe in, but for some reason the actor loses points to his fans with every speech he gives. The good news is that none of this prevents his career from moving forward with new and improved characters, and with the arrival of the first trailer for C´mon C´mon some think he’s shaping up for another Academy Award.
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Since its inception, Phoenix has shown an interest in bringing difficult characters to life, but there was also a time, after Gladiator – 76%, in which the industry wanted to sell him as the next Hollywood badass. The actor quickly escaped that label with Johnny & June: Passion and Madness – 82% and Lovers – 82%, but especially with the chaos caused by his supposed retirement from acting and his new career as a rapper that turned out to be just one more character for I’m Still Here – 53%, directed by Casey Affleck. This last move cost him some of his fame and alienated him quite a bit from his followers.
But Phoenix’s capabilities outweigh his controversies, and he soon returned to the ring with Ella – 95%, The Master: Every Man Needs a Guide – 85% and You’ll Never Be Safe – 79%, the real film of the actor that looks like what was done in Taxi Driver – 98%. The way he took control to bring life to Joker It paid off and although he assured at the time that he had no interest in making sequels, being the reason for rejecting Marvel a few years ago, now it seems that he could return for the role.
While we await confirmation of a sequel, the actor has pending titles that look quite promising, including Disappointment Blvd., the new film by Ari Aster where he will share credits with Parker Posey and Amy Ryan. Although this title is in full filming, we can see the actor this year with C´mon C´mon, directed by Mike Mills, best known for Beginners, This is how Love feels – 84% and Women of the 20th century – 88%. Many did not know anything about this project of which we finally have a first advance.
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The official synopsis only tells us that it is the story of a radio journalist who embarks on a journey with his nephew. From the background of Mills it is clear that we are facing a melodramatic and moving story where one must delve into the human condition and the sentimental connections with others, as well as the place that each one has in this chaotic world. The first trailer of C´mon C´mon it is and is not revealing. The film will be in black and white, which always works to give an air of nostalgia, and introduces us to the close relationship between Jonnhy (Phoenix) and Jesse (Woody norman) with various scenes of their coexistence, but also of the child interacting with his mother, played by Gaby Hoffmann.
C´mon C´mon was presented during the Telluride Film Festival and the first opinions were very positive. Critic David Ehrlich (IndieWire) commented:
The most recent Mills film may be unspecific in a way that drifts toward vagueness. But C’mon C’mon finds a pulse of its own in the almost parental friendship that forms between Johnny and his nephew Jesse.
Watch here the first trailer of C´mon C´mon:
The interesting thing about C´mon C´mon and the participation of Joaquin phoenix is that the actor is taking a more natural and less strident role than his previous films. With an intimate portrait of this single and somewhat lonely man, it seems that we will have a Phoenix closer to Ella – 95% than Joker – 91% which is always appreciated. For its part, Mike mills It will be perfect for directing the actor, as he is an expert in bringing out the most vulnerable and human part in his male leads, as was seen when he worked with Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Lucas Jade Zumann. This job could be one of the most popular for the upcoming awards season.
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