A still from “Asteroid City.”
(Image credit: Focus Features)
In her opening statement, Jennifer Lawrence detailed how she auditioned for Twilight and was “immediately” turned down before securing The Hunger Games a year later.
During an appearance on The Rewatchers podcast with Bill Simmons, the No Hard Feelings actress disclosed that she didn’t even get a callback for the part of Bella Swan, which ultimately went to Kristen Stewart. She is content that she didn’t.
She stated, “My life would have been entirely different.” “I assert that the work remains unchanged since I experienced the same emotions that I did when creating Cravings Games.I need to make films in between franchises if I want to be known for more than just one. I was still fighting my franchise-ness because I was still in a franchise.
It’s quite energising to finally get the real deal once more instead of the digital mimicry recently widespread across YouTube, especially in light of the flood of AI-driven tribute trailers mimicking writer/director Anderson’s trademark design of ensemble casts, pastel-colored production style, balanced shot structures, mystical wit, overly-articulate kids, and deadpan discussion shipment.
This charming recreation of a 1955 desert town in the American Southwest features golden sunset vistas, sites of atomic bomb experiments, steadfast cactus, and red-rock mesa landscapes. “Asteroid City” is a beautiful dream in which a sizable meteor crater provides the town with tourists and local fame despite its isolation and distant location.
The familiar classic setting and an unsettling play within a play nonetheless provide enough for a comical play.
To steal the fabled asteroid that the city of 87 inhabitants is most famous for, a flying dish with an absurd-looking extraterrestrial shows up during the contestants’ celebrations. The teenager brainiacs attempt to build engagement with the outdoors as the restrictions stretch on without an end in sight and the adults quarrel. This event prompts a quick military quarantine of the entire area, trapping all its assortment of eccentric personalities.
In terms of architecture and construction, “Asteroid City” is somewhere between “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou,” and maybe even a touch above “The Darjeeling Limited.”
Beyond the Looney Tunes-style UFO that appears on this event of discovery to start panic in motion, its lively tiny piece of wonderful recollections that will keep certain viewers laughing do not disturb its core themes of existential anxiety and reflections on death.