It’s been a while since we got to post about Robert Pattinson. While the world was waiting for “BFF’s” as his upcoming film with Halsey has been pushed back a couple of times, the 22-year-old star has been hard at work on his next project. And as we eagerly await news on the next installment in the “Twilight” franchise, we’re dying to know what to expect. Fortunately, there are a few clues as to what might be in store. Let’s take a look.
First Image And Title
With a teaser clip uploaded to YouTube yesterday, June 5, it appears that Pattinson has taken the wraps off his next film. And after watching the clip, we’re certain of two things: First, it’s going to be amazing; and second, it’s going to be titled “Choi.””
The clip opens with an eerie, moody, and very cinematic image of what appears to be an abandoned city. We then cut to a shot of an emaciated looking Pattinson walking down the street. The camera lingers on his face for a few moments before cutting to black. As the name suggests, “Choi” is a Korean title meaning “a person who is devoted to or interested in cinema,” which is quite fitting for the multi-hyphenate actor.
From the dark and brooding streets of Seoul to the bright lights of Hollywood, “Choi” will see Pattinson cross continents to bring the dark side of Korean culture to the big screen. But, as we’ve seen from his previous films, the SoCal native is not a man who limits himself. “Choi” will be his first English-language role, and it certainly won’t be the last. In fact, with a bit of luck, he might finally beat his “BFF” status with Halsey and release an official statement regarding the possibility of an “Ocean’s” sequel. However, for now, let’s bask in the greatness of “Choi” and whatever else he throws our way.
While the clip itself is fairly short, the good news is that it’s packed with enough shots to work as a full-length movie. And as we watch, we can already feel the tension mounting as the director builds to a frenzied finale. We’re treated to a panoramic shot of what seems to be an entire city. Buildings loom large over a dark and forbidding landscape. It’s an arresting image, one that evokes the greats of German cinema in their heyday.
However, the best is yet to come. As the camera slowly circles around a skyscraper, we get our first taste of a scene that will no doubt go down in cinematic history. In a matter of moments, we’re treated to an awe inspiring overhead shot of Los Angeles. The clouds are painted a perfect complementary shade of gray as the sun sets over the famed city. Simply put, this is cinematic perfection, a one-of-a-kind visual experience that will stay with you forever. And it’s all thanks to the talented lensman behind the camera. Christian Berger.
Berger has previously worked with acclaimed directors like Terrence Malick and Wong Kar-Wai and is clearly no stranger to the cinematic arts. So it’s no wonder that he was able to put his talent to such good use in capturing the spirit of Asia in “Choi.””
Scary And Mysterious
“Choi” will be a departure from our usual fare, being a mixture of both horror and science fiction. It’s also a far cry from the lighthearted comedy that has defined much of Pattinson’s recent work. But rest assured, this is still very much in keeping with his artistic sensibilities. After all, he’s the man who brought us the genius that is “Pet Sematary.” And while it may not always be apparent, the horror film aficionado has a deep well of dark humor that he often submerges himself in — especially when it comes to his supporting characters. So don’t be surprised if you see a few chuckles along with your heart in your throat.
Dark And Dashing Design
“Choi” is a striking work, one that stands out among the otherwise tasteful black attire that characterizes the leading man. Designer Yeezy even went as far to say that the movie “will be remembered for its unique and at times stunning visual aesthetic.” And it’s easy to see why. The movie features a range of beautifully crafted costumes that showcase the best of modern-day fashions mixed with traditional Korean wear. But it’s not just the clothes that are eye-catching; the sets are bold and imaginative too.
However, it’s also important to note that not all of the costumes are good. The majority of them are quite revealing, almost to a fault. But that’s almost a compliment, because it makes the characters — be they hero or villain — that little bit more appealing. It’s not often that we get to see members of the opposite sex in a positive light, especially not those of the fairer persuasion. But with those skimpy outfits, you’ll get to see lots of skin, and that’s something we all want in these dark times.
Introspective And Insightful
“Choi” will be an introspective cinematic experience; one that forces the audience to examine their own behavior, feelings, and even thoughts. The opening scene alone is an example of this, as we watch an emaciated and nearly naked Pattinson walk down a deserted LA street. We, as an audience, aren’t sure whether we should be feeling sympathy for or revulsion against the character. But the more we watch, the more we begin to form an opinion — one that is, at times, quite surprising.
It’s rare that we get to look inside the head(s) of a celebrity. But thanks to modern technology, as well as a bit of poetic license (or perhaps black magic?), we’re given a rare glimpse inside the skull of a movie star. And what we see is both fascinating and terrifying, all at the same time. The scenes are beautifully shot and edited, and they further the narrative by not only showing us something that we, as an audience, have never seen before but by allowing the character to divulge something about himself that he has never shared with the public before. And perhaps, most impressively, it does so without resorting to cheap shock tactics or graphic violence. Instead, we get to see the character’s struggles and inner conflict brought to light through an intimate exploration of both his physical and mental states. It’s a truly unique cinematic experience, one that will no doubt stand out amongst his many other upcoming projects.