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Director Ang Lee brings his extraordinary vision to Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, based on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling novel.

The film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad – contrasting the realities of the war with America’s perceptions.

Vin Diesel, Kristen Stewart, Steve Martin, Makenzie Leigh, Chris Tucker, and Garrett Hedlund also star.

The movie was filmed in 4K resolution with 3D cameras. The film is also expected to be shown in some multiplexes in the ultra-high frame rate of 120 frames per second (FPS), which is said to add an extra dimension. However, as Peter Jackson found out with The Hobbit, using the higher frame rate (he went with 48 FPS) can make it visually interesting, but can make things look too real. Early reviews have said it took the viewer out of the film and made it all seem rather disturbing.

Daniel Engber, over at Slate, had this to say about the film. “From the film’s opening image—Billy Lynn in bed, looking like a 3-D printout of a human being with a hangover—I could feel the spring-loaded trapdoors of my mind snapping shut. The scene looked queer, uncinematic, like a theater sketch acted out in virtual reality. Others in the audience also found themselves distracted or unnerved by the movie’s high-res format.”

I’m not a fan of the higher frame rate when it comes to film. It emphasises the fakeness of the props, the acting and just makes it seem less of a film and more a group of people playing pretend. I prefer the cinematic sheen you get with 24 FPS.

I don’t know, maybe Ang Lee’s film will change my mind. What are your thoughts on movies using higher frame rates?

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is out in the US on 11th November 2016. It opens in the UK on 6th January 2017. Which brings up another thing. Studios want to combat piracy yet still have these huge gaps between release dates around the world. If they could get more films to open around the world on the same date, you could cut down some of the piracy.

I’ve said enough, watch the trailer and share your thoughts in the comments below.

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