Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk | Chicago Reader

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Ang Lee (Life of Pi) directed this adaptation of Ben Fountain's acclaimed satirical novel, about a bewildered teen soldier on leave from the Iraq war. The young man's valor in a firefight have made him a media hero, so now everyone wants a piece of him—from the Bush administration selling the war to TV sports broadcasters chasing Nielsen numbers to a cheerleader seducing him in order to promote her homespun Christian values. With that setup, screenwriter Jean-Christophe Castelli should have been able to come up with some sharper barbs, which might have mitigated the uneven tone, inelegant editing, and scattered narrative. British newcomer Joe Alwyn stars as the emotionally scarred private, alongside Kristen Stewart, Vin Diesel, Garrett Hedlund as a sergeant with some great lines about Americans' misunderstanding of the troops, and Steve Martin as a smooth football magnate whose patriotism ends at his bottom line.

Credits

Director:

  • Ang Lee

Cast:

  • Joe Alwyn
  • Kristen Stewart
  • Chris Tucker
  • Garrett Hedlund
  • Makenzie Leigh
  • Vin Diesel
  • Steve Martin
  • Brian "Astro" Bradley
  • Arturo Castro
  • Ismael Cruz Cordova
  • Barney Harris
  • Beau Knapp
  • Mason Lee
  • Ben Platt
  • Bruce McKinnon
  • Deirdre Lovejoy
  • Laura Wheale
  • Richard Daniel
  • Randy Gonzalez
  • Tim Nelson

Producers:

  • Marc Platt
  • Ang Lee
  • Rhodri Thomas
  • Stephen Cornwell
  • Brian Bell
  • Jeff Robinov
  • Guo Guangchang
  • Ben Waisbren

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