Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk Fails At U.S. Box Office

Posted: Nov 21 2016, 11:33am CST | by , Updated: Nov 22 2016, 8:38pm CST, in News | Latest Movie News

 

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk Fails on U.S. Box Office
  • Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk Fails to Accomplish Much on the U.S. Box Office
 

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk suffers from the high tech visual effects and low definition screenings causing it to fail at the box office.

Based on Ben Fountain’s satirical first novel, 2012’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” the movie tells the story of the nineteen-year-old Billy is in Bravo Squad, thrown into Iraq then plucked out of it for a US victory tour after the group is involved in a fierce battle. The movie, essentially a modern satirical war drama failed to capture any audience at the box office. 

Directed by Oscar winning director Ang Lee who explained that his ambition for the movie was to highlight the suffering and the pain of war. He said that he wanted to portray as much as what he can about soldiers and what they face in war.

It might have been an award winning critical success only if it had not suffered at the hands of modern technology. At the time when Mel Gibson went real and raw in his war drama Hacksaw Ridge, Ang Lee shot the Billy Lynn in a new 120 frames-per-second format, 3D 4K. 

Although a highly advanced format, the movie was only exhibited in that format in two theaters out of 1,175. A number of factors are responsible for this situation including, combination of technology where most theaters weren’t equipped to show it; economics concerning Sony Pictures.

Sony did not invest in upgrading those theaters so that they could show the movie in that format and the fact that test audiences, overall, didn’t react well to the format, according to NYTimes

When the movie is not well received because of the ill-reception of its format, the story line can hardly matter. The movie might have been good but with such a limited release and a release that had to compromise with the picture quality of the movie, this Ang Lee movie might not make it to the Oscars. 

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