A handsome, charming and wealthy Englishman named Robert Pattinson is set to make a name for himself with a new biopic, aptly named The Life of the World. The film, which premieres in theaters this Friday, August 24, tells the story of three very different women who crossed paths with Pattinson during his lifetime: his first wife, Kristen, and his two ex-wives, Twiggy and Sophie. The film also stars Kate Winslet, Judi Dench, and Charlotte Wilkin.
The Life of the World Trailer
In the trailer for the film, you’ll see a glimpse into the life of Robert Pattinson. The trailer opens with a narrator identifying Pattinson as “one of the most eligible bachelors in today’s social scene.” Cut to a formal black-and-white image of Pattinson, smiling and posing with a gorgeous blonde next to a golden, double-decker bus. The narration continues, “He has enjoyed a long and successful career, distinguished by the numerous famous faces he’s photographed, including many Hollywood A-listers.” And then we see the first of the three women we’ll get to know on a personal level in this story: Kristen. Cut to a close-up of Pattinson’s smile, framed by his chocolate-colored hair. The trailer then shifts to Kate, who plays the role of Kristen, as she discusses how she first discovered her husband’s career, “I was doing research for a school project and came across some beautiful photos of Robert in a British newspaper. I couldn’t believe it. I looked at the pictures and thought to myself, ‘Who is this man?’ ” The trailer continues, “When I finally met him I fell in love at first sight. The storybook romance ended when I discovered he was married and had a child.” The trailer ends with a heart-wrenching shot of Pattinson’s first wife, Kristen, as she holds a photo of their son, Blade, who died of a drug overdose in 2012. This is one rich man’s lifestyle we’re getting to peek into.
It’s No Accident
While some may question whether or not the handsome and charming Robert Pattinson is actually deserving of his good looks, his professional success and his affluence, it was no accident that he found success as a photographer. As we learn in The Life of the World, the camera wasn’t an easy skill for Pattinson to learn, and it wasn’t simply a happy coincidence that he happened to be good at it. According to the Wall Street Journal, Pattinson spent a great deal of time honing his skills as a photographer before finally breaking into the big time; in fact, he had to wait until he was 35 years old to officially be called a famous photographer. To get to that point, he spent a great deal of time working in fashion magazines and at photo shoots for designers like Louis Vuitton and Ralph Lauren, among others. He even did a three-month stint in a high-security prison for his efforts on a documentary about child pornography. During that time, he learned how to properly deal with difficult people and situations, and it was that toughness that helped him land one of the most prestigious jobs in the industry.
The Many Faces of Robert Pattinson
As we learn more about Robert Pattinson’s character and his life, we begin to see the many faces of the man behind the camera. The Wall Street Journal reports that Pattinson’s parents were both teachers, and that he grew up in a very creative environment, surrounded by books and art. This was especially evident in his childhood home, where the walls were covered in books and the kitchen was full of art supplies. His first art lesson was at the age of four, after which he began creating his own artwork and selling it to his parents for money. He later told Elle his drawing career was “a way of expressing myself without words,” and that he drew mostly girls because they were a more accepting audience. He continued to draw and paint throughout his school years and even had a solo exhibition when he was 17 years old.
The Two Ex-Wives
One of the things that make The Life of the World particularly interesting is that it explores the complex, sometimes shady and always dramatic relationships that many famous people have with the women in their lives. Just as with Robert Pattinson, the camera wasn’t an easy relationship tool for these three women to navigate. In fact, it was mainly thanks to social media that we were able to get a glimpse into the drama that unfolded between them. The film opens with a beautiful selfie of Sophie, looking every bit the chic and confident fashion entrepreneur as we expect her to look. She later posts a picture of her and Kate Winslet, looking very glamorous and stylish in a black-and-white photograph. Next, we see a picture of Kate, wearing a white dress with large black polka dots and big sunglasses, looking every bit the part of a glamorous and style-savvy Hollywood actress. This was a far cry from her time as a struggling student actress in London a few years prior. She told Elle that she began using her own personal style blog, “I’ve always loved dressing up, and when I was little I used to pretend to be various famous people.” She added, “My mum always said to me that I could achieve anything I wanted if I worked hard enough at it, and I guess she was right.” The photo with Kate and Sophie in front of a roaring fireplace makes us believe that their partnership wasn’t entirely smooth sailing. The film also shows us the very different journeys of the two women. While Kate becomes one of the most successful actresses in Hollywood, Sophie’s career is defined by a series of unfortunate events, including a near-fatal car accident and the sudden death of her assistant. But through it all, she never gives up and presses on, despite her many struggles.
The Third Woman
It’s hard to believe that after all that’s happened in Sophie’s life, she’d find happiness with the most recent addition to her family. The film shows us the many ups and downs of her life, including her time as a single mother and the birth of her daughter, Daisy. To cope with the overwhelming responsibility of being a mother, Sophie turns to her love for fashion. She begins designing dresses and selling them on her website, and eventually launches her own fashion line, aptly named Sophie Ellis-Bextor. While we see a softer side of Sophie in the film, it’s clear that her determination to succeed and her fierce pride in her work lead her to overcome even the most trying of circumstances. The film ends with a photo of a very pregnant Sophie, looking radiant and stunning.
The handsome and charming Robert Pattinson is set to make a name for himself with a new biopic, aptly named The Life of the World. The film, which premieres in theaters this Friday, August 24, tells the story of three very different women who crossed paths with Pattinson during his lifetime: his first wife, Kristen, and his two ex-wives, Twiggy and Sophie. The film also stars Kate Winslet, Judi Dench, and Charlotte Wilkin.