Forget Avatar: Way of Waters, Elvis or Top Gun: Maverick. There’s no more anticipated movie coming out this year other than an indie spy movie directed and starring Michael Flatley called Blackbird.
It was scheduled to hit theaters on September 2, but for years, every rumor of the film’s impending arrival was greeted with breathless excitement.
Lots of sections on social media buzz with fervent speculations about what, exactly, we can expect when Blackbird fly to our screen.
There is excitement about Lord of dances star Michael Flatley’s feature film debut, in which he not only starred, but wrote, directed, and produced. But not a single frame was seen of the seemingly secret project, which was completed in 2018 but has been kept away from an increasingly desperate public. Until now, that is.
Trailer for Blackbird has lived up to every expectation that enthusiasts of deeply whimsical vanity projects can have. Unsurprisingly, it immediately trended on Twitter upon release.
Flatley (63) seems to have assembled every cliché imaginable for his directorial debut, in which he cast himself as Victor Blackley, a deadly contract killer. once known by the name, surprisingly enough, Blackbird, who have – as always these things happen – have turned their backs on violence.
When the moody music began and Blackley was asked by a priest, “Is today the day you want to confess your sins?”, he replied emphatically: “Not today. My sins are my own”. This obvious non-sequence aside – who else will they confess? – a 90 second preview, from Dancelord Pictures, no less, offers a quick montage together of exotic locations, Eric Roberts as a snarling crime lord, beautiful women to Flatley embrace and, naturally, the line: “We have to get Victor involved. No one can do what he does.”
The trailer ends with Blackley wearing a bloody tuxedo and announcing: “Bless you, father, for I have sinned and am about to sin again.”
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Blackbird sang back clearly. The film is unlikely to cause trouble for the Oscar nomination committee.
It’s quite possible that the distributors could be swayed by their hands, although they might be able to sell it unknowingly for the better. Producer– the comedy is better than the gritty thriller Flatley believes he’s created. But it was a surprise when it appeared in the cinema, after a long strange and often secret pregnancy that left many questioning whether it really existed.
After earning an estimated fortune of €235 million from his enduring popularity show Lord of dances, Flatley finally put on dancing shoes at the age of 58, after a residency at Caesar’s Palace, and decided to turn his talents to cinema. He doesn’t want his first movie to have anything to do with it Lord of dancesand so decided that he would instead adapt his painting for a rather different viewer: his mother.
As he said in a 2018 interview with China Daily: “My mom said, ‘Are you going to make an old Hollywood movie?'”
Mrs. Flatley died before she could see her son’s movies, but her death spurred him on. When he said, “I thought, ‘Okay, now is the time to get serious and do this’.”
After deciding not to shoot Blackbird black and white – “it’s the kind of film, but we only chose color because the landscapes of places in Barbados and Ireland are so beautiful, it’s a waste” – Flatley self-financed the film.
He made it clear that “I’m not sponsoring because I wanted to do a fantasy project… since then we’ve had some offers for people to come and be in the movie, which is really good. . So it won’t be on my cents.”
The film starring Patrick Bergin has been accused of sexism. The ad initially drew criticism for featuring middle-aged male actors paired with younger women in bikinis on the poster.
Controversy aside, Flatley claims to be extremely proud of the finished product at the time of its completion: “I like to think it’s timeless rather than old-fashioned, but it’s romantic, without bad language, sexually. or explicit violence – people like those kinds of movies. ”
It first premiered at the Raindance Film Festival in London in September 2018, described by Flatley on social media as “a really great night”.
Since then, however, it’s been even more secret than Blackley’s character.
Although Flatley dismisses comparisons to James Bond, it is unlikely that There’s no time to die – or perhaps any 007 series – will shock and stir audiences as much as Blackbird It’s likely that it will finally hit cinemas in September.
We are in for the treatment; The only question now is what kind it will be.
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