“A decades-spanning portrait of one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time.”

Director: Ari Aster
Writer: Ari Aster
Staring: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Ryan, Parkey Posey, Nathan Lane
Rated: R
Release Date: April 21, 2023

There are four directors who I will watch no matter what. Robert Eggers, Jordan Peele, David Fincher, and Ari Aster. Fincher is established in his style, Eggers is established in his period piece style and Pelle is established as critical social thinker. Aster is new to major movie making (much like Eggers and Peele), but he has the elevated horror genre on lock down.

Beau Is Afraid (2023) is Aster’s third major motion picture, and his first since Midsommar in 2019. He burst onto the scene with the mind-blowing and utterly terrifying Hereditary in 2019, and now he his third major movie is his most robust, strange and daring. Beau Is Afraid stars Joaquin Phoenix as a successful entrepreneur who would appear to going through a disastrous mental and life crisis.

The tagline for Beau Is Afraid is “From his darkest fears comes the greatest adventure.” Is Beau Is Afraid about a man who is confronting his subconscious regrets and tragic childhood memories? The poster for the movie would appear to have four versions of Beau; a child, an adult, an elder and a curmudgeon. If I can somehow inject myself into the brain of Ari Aster himself, I would think that the movie is about the horrors that regret can have on someone? Perhaps the comedic undertones of the movie come from the idea that you need to be able to laugh at your mistakes otherwise you will crumble into over anxious self-doubt and judgement?

Maybe now I am just doing a therapy session on myself.

The Beau Is Afraid trailer takes a bit of the turn in the second half of the trailer when it is mentioned that Beau has to go home. The mysteries of one’s own mind, and one’s own mind palace, are illustrated in the different visuals plastered over the second half of the trailer. We have spooky cartoonish Alice In Wonderland vibes and eventually we get to supremely fucked up version of The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013).

Just continuing to type out my own thoughts here. Are these Beau’s biggest fears, or are they Aster’s? Is his home his mind, and is he afraid to reach into and return to his own mind because all the thoughts he has are supremely fucked up? God, I know that sometimes I wish I couldn’t think so I wouldn’t overthink and scare myself. Perhaps Aster is going off the same thing here?

Do you want to know why I love Ari Aster? It is a simple trailer for Beau Is Afraid has me thinking like this. Aster writes in multiple dimensions, and that means there are multiple interpretations. Beau Is Afraid is not afraid to force the audience to take a leap. A leap of faith. Aster is the one making sure the mechanics of your bungee jumping gear works, and you don’t know if he is going to latch everything in properly. And that is part of the journey. Beau is Afraid, and I will be watching this movie as well.

Beau Is Afraid releases on April 21, 2023.

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