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Friday, July 24, 2015

Unpopular Opinion: The Trailer for FREEHELD Is A Little Underwhelming

Don't throw rocks at me; hear me out. I really had high hopes for this trailer for FREEHELD, which stars Julianne Moore and Ellen as real-life domestic partners Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree, respectively, embroiled in a groundbreaking case triggered by Hester's deathbed appeal for the extension of pension benefits to her domestic partner. I'm sure both actresses are impressive in the film, but the trailer just looks too... Lifetime-y to me, unmemorable and mawkish, especially for such an important story from which I was expecting a lot more. Hopefully the next clips released will present it better.

Check out the synopsis:

Based on the Oscar®-winning short documentary and adapted by the writer of Philadelphia, Freeheld is the true love story of Laurel Hester [Julianne Moore] and Stacie Andree [Ellen Page] and their fight for justice. A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However the county officials, Freeholders, conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this. Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells [Michael Shannon], and activist Steven Goldstein [Steve Carell], unite in Laurel and Stacie’s defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality.

Has anyone here seen the short film?

Here's the trailer:

FREEHELD will be in select theaters on October 2 and wide October 16.


Murtada said...

I'm with you. Not a good trailer.

Brittani Burnham said...

They did give it a very lifetime-y feel, but I'm still excited for the film. Hopefully it doesn't have the same vibe. This is one hell of a cast.

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