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Old 09-10-21, 01:24 AM
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My Son (2021) -- S: James McAvoy, Claire Foy - McAvoy improvises all dialogue




Synopsis: Driving in the heart of the Highlands, Edmond Murray (James McAvoy) receives a call from his ex-wife (Claire Foy), in tears. Their 7-year-old son went missing from a campsite. Soon it becomes clear that the child was kidnapped and the parents give way to despair.




This is how the movie is being distributed:

https://variety.com/2021/film/news/s...ck-1235060076/

STXfilms has closed a deal to premiere its upcoming movie “My Son,” a thriller starring James McAvoy and Claire Foy, on both Peacock and The Roku Channel.

As part of the deal, which was negotiated by David Spiegelman for STX, the two online services will share rights to “My Son” throughout the year. The film will premiere first on Peacock on Sept. 15 on its free tier. Months later, it will leave the NBCUniversal’s subscription-based service and be available to stream for free on The Roku Channel in the U.S. starting on Dec. 15.

I watched the trailer and I'm curious to see it now and see McAvoy's performance with no script.
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Re: My Son (2021) -- S: James McAvoy, Claire Foy - McAvoy improvises all dialogue

I might watch it as a fan of McAvoy but typically gimmick movies like this aren’t really my thing. They *may be* good for one viewing.

I’m also guessing McAvoy has at least a rough outline of the plot so he’s aware of where the story is supposed to go even if he might not know the outcome. Otherwise, I can imagine the director and crew being somewhat surprised that McAvoy goes straight to torturing people.

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Re: My Son (2021) -- S: James McAvoy, Claire Foy - McAvoy improvises all dialogue

I feel like they shouldn't have advertised the process in a trailer, because yes, it just comes off as a gimmick instead of just watching the film and possibly being enthralled by the performances.

There are plenty of films that are completely improvised.

This is also a remake of a French film by the same director.
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Re: My Son (2021) -- S: James McAvoy, Claire Foy - McAvoy improvises all dialogue

This is up now on Peacock for those who want to see it.
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Re: My Son (2021) -- S: James McAvoy, Claire Foy - McAvoy improvises all dialogue

This looks interesting. I also want to see McAvoy in Together.

Does it mean that it sucks that they didn't get it the critics before its release? It used to be that way, no reviews means they hope to make as much as they can opening weekend before bad word of mouth gets around. I realize this is streaming, so it's different.
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Re: My Son (2021) -- S: James McAvoy, Claire Foy - McAvoy improvises all dialogue

how would this work? wouldn't the other actors also have to improvise based on his responses?
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Re: My Son (2021) -- S: James McAvoy, Claire Foy - McAvoy improvises all dialogue

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how would this work? wouldn't the other actors also have to improvise based on his responses?
They would have to have some type of script for the other actors and so they could set up a shooting schedule. What would happen if his "character" decided to walk around for two hours? or drive to the nearest village?
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Re: My Son (2021) -- S: James McAvoy, Claire Foy - McAvoy improvises all dialogue

Originally Posted by TGM
how would this work? wouldn't the other actors also have to improvise based on his responses?
Everyone else has read the script and has their own lines. The gist of McAvoy's dialogue is reactions to information and asking questions. They could provide an answer based on information they know from their dialogue, react and improvise, or ignore it and move on to their next line. He still needs to be directed, given set up for blocking, told what is going to happen in terms of action/stunts.

This really isn't some novel idea. The trailer makes a bigger deal out of this than is necessary. It's not like there is some huge major twist that he finds out and reacts to.

I didn't think much of this. It was mostly a bore.

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