Is your body ready? Eddie Redmayne's is. Listen, I'm going to level with you all here. I am NOT a fan of Eddie Redmayne's Oscar win last year, not because Michael Keaton was so much better (I don't even nominate Keaton), and not even because Redmayne whored himself out for an Oscar, but I'm not a fan because his performance was emotionally vacant and undeserving of an Oscar. It was a gimmick. I don't hate Redmayne or find him devoid of talent (I've nominated him once before). I don't care what anyone does in their personal life...what I care about is what they do in front (or behind) that camera, and what he did wasn't impressive to me.
This looks impressive.
He delivers more emotional character development in this trailer than he did in the entirety of The Theory of Everything, and Vikander looks incredible as well. I'm all in for this. It looks visually captivating, and emotionally stirring, and it's so topical and poignant and pretty much everything that everyone is talking about right now.
Oscar bait? Yes.
Worthy of our attention? Yes.
Now, I've been saying this all year, and this trailer didn't change it for me. Eddie Redmayne is easily the frontrunner for the Oscar this year, and unless this gets universal pans and he's nominated on gimmick alone, I don't see him losing. Sure, Don Cheadle or Leonardo DiCaprio could make a play, especially if their performances receive raves and their 'dueness' becomes a real narrative this year, but this performance/character/subject seems really, really ripe to snag Redmayne the gold.
I just hope he's truly deserving this year.