Beau Is Afraid: Trailer Talk

Beau Is Afraid

Beau Is Afraid: Trailer Talk.

After ‘Hereditary’ and ‘Midsommer’, it’s clear that Ari Aster has perfected the modern horror genre. But the trailer for his new film might be the strangest one yet.

‘Beau Is Afraid’ is an extended version of Ari Aster’s 2011 short film ‘Beau’ and stars Joaquin Phoenix as an entrepreneur and his life spanning decades. 

The one thing I can always count on distributor A24 doing with their trailers is not showing viewers any plot or specific story details and this is no exception. What this does instead is show us how Beau’s mind works, and the lack of plot has only intrigued me more. The trailer is extremely fast paced and takes viewers through various scenarios that first appear grounded, but then end in an animated world where angels fly. Other scenarios involve him supposedly being held hostage in the woods, Beau on a battlefield and an apocalyptic-style setting. But is this all in his head? 

Joaquin Phoenix is also a fantastic actor and is perfect for this type of role. After ‘Joker’, he’s more than proven that he can handle a story and character of this kind in terms of its abstract visual nature. 

‘Beau Is Afraid’ has definitely intrigued me and the vague hinting in the trailer furthers my curiosity. Plus, the lead actor and writer/director are amazing and have proven their talent numerous times. 

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