Joaquin Phoenix plays a regular guy in the first C’mon C’mon trailer

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The “Oscar of makeup” is a real phenomenon, when an actor gives a great performance but does not win a trophy, only to return in the next few years and win for an obviously less interesting / demanding role, making up for the previous loss. The most obvious modern example is Judi Dench who loses best actress for Mrs. Brown, only to win Best Supporting Actress the following year for less than 15 minutes of screen time in Shakespeare in love. It’s not that Dench isn’t good at Shakespeare, it is, but it’s obviously a less demanding role than the one he played in Mrs. Brown (although both films see her playing historical English queens).

The reverse phenomenon has no name, but it’s when an actor wins an Oscar just to give an even better performance right after. For example, Emma Stone wins for La La Land, only to give even better performance just a couple of years later in the favourite. I don’t know what to call it, but it happens, and it’s probably happening to Joaquin Phoenix right now. A trailer for his next film, let’s go let’s go, released yesterday, and it looks wonderful (it got great reviews on Telluride), and Phoenix looks wonderful in it. I’m not arguing with the joker people, but this seems like a much better performance than joker, for which he won an Oscar. It should let’s go let’s go deliver, and if Phoenix were named for it, he’d get caught up in this nameless phenomenon.

Maybe I’m biased because it’s been a while since we last saw Phoenix play an ordinary man, or maybe it’s because let’s go let’s go is by writer / director Mike Mills, who specializes in low-key humanist dramas about the pursuit of beauty in life amidst all our weaknesses and weaknesses, but let’s go let’s go it looks lovely. Phoenix just plays a guy who has to take care of his nephew. Just a normal guy, doing normal things. When was the last time we saw him at his? Her, perhaps, if you look beyond the futuristic setting and sci-fi nature of a story where a regular guy falls in love with the AI ​​girl next door. Perhaps The boss, in which he plays a dude embroiled in a cult. With no qualifying details, though, the last regular guy Phoenix played was in 2008 Two lovers, a romantic drama by James Gray. Ordinary men aren’t Joaquin Phoenix’s daily bread, yet he’s good at it. See how charming she looks in this trailer. Could we enter Joaquin Phoenix’s normal boy stage?

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