What is the definition of Oscar-bait? A well-made film with a star studded cast and an overwhelmingly positive and uplifting theme? Maybe a story of personal triumph? Sometimes this is true (see “Argo,” “The King’s Speech,” and “Slumdog Millionaire”).
Other times however the ultimate winner in the Best Picture category might be something that paints a painfully beautiful image of a dark subject.
That may end up being the case for director J.C.
Chandor’s latest project “A Most Violent Year” which follows one man’s attempt to achieve the American Dream amongst temptation to become corrupt and violent.
Recently the film’s cast members Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, and David Oyelowo discussed the film’s themes in an all new featurette.
Based on what the stars are saying, “A Most Violent Year” is looking to be one of those darker Oscar buzzworthy films.
“It’s both intellectually stimulating and entertaining.
It’s evocative of great gangster films of time gone by, but through a different lens,” says David Oyelowo in the new featurette posted by A24.
While some may have doubts about whether “A Most Violent Year” will make it to the Academy Awards, early reviews for the film have been mostly positive.
Currently, the gritty crime drama is at 93% on Rotten Tomatoes , with positive reviews from widely read film sites like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.
Moreover, if you consider the subject matter of morality among financial struggle when it’s placed in the backdrop of the currently recovering U.S.
economy, the film should resonate among younger Academy members.
In addition to the strength in direction from J.C.
Chandor, “A Most Violent Year” may be bolstered by strong performances from cast members Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain.
Oscar Isaac managed to snag a lot of praise for his break out role in “Inside Llewyn Davis.” Chastain is definitely no stranger to the Academy Awards as she has two acting nominations under her belt.
Ultimately, fans will still have a few weeks to wait to see J.C.
Chandor’s latest directorial effort for themselves.
In the meantime, the new featurette for “A Most Violent Year” is now available to watch below.
Based on the comments from the cast and key crew, audiences can likely expect a movie that will explore the plight of ambition while surrounded by crime.
Or as Jessica Chastain comments, “It’s this family trying to be successful in business and trying to decide if they’re able to do it from a morally correct place or are they going to succumb to the pressures of corruption outside?” “A Most Violent Year” hits theaters December 31.