One of the facets of military service that doesn’t get as much cinematic play as so many other aspects of wartime is the sensation of coming home from service, to everything from scorn to effusive praise. In any case, there’s a lot more complication to the idea of returning home than is often represented, even in an era when more and more films about war have started to consider its grander costs.
This series of contradictions is at the center of Ben Fountain’s 2012 novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, and it’ll be at the center of Ang Lee’s adaptation as well. Being that the film is very much about the humanity at the center of the unbelievable, the director seems like a strong fit. There’s an immediate power to the simple juxtaposition of the halftime spectacle with Billy’s (newcomer Joe Alwyn) reminiscence of his war exploits and losses taken that Lee could well turn into something truly moving.