First Full-Length Trailer for Oscar-Contending Biopic, “The Lady”
The first full-length trailer for Luc Besson’s new biopic, “The Lady,” which hits theaters this awards season, delivers an epic premise with several deeply moving edits and what looks like a searing performance from Michelle Yeoh, who plays the Burmese nonviolent pro-democracy activist, Aung San Suu Kyi, i.e., “The Lady.”
Yeoh is able to show both Kyi’s all consuming fear and unwavering strength in the face of her role as leader and savior of a nation. In the trailer’s finest moment she strides confidently towards a row of aimed machine guns, ending up inches from one, literally staring down the barrel.
The score is fittingly epic for this subject matter, but cut into the trailer with a heavy hand in spots, sometimes overwhelming what’s on screen. When we first meet the vicious dictator, sporting military getup and a mean growl, the score shifts too obviously to “bad guy music.”
“The Lady” is a magnanimous effort from French director, Luc Besson, that could achieve a rare feat for any art form that transcends the glory of awards: it could actually bring about change for Burma, a country still in the throws of political upheaval. “The Lady” is a true story that follows the political activist and 1991 Nobel Peace Prize-winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, who sacrificed everything to fight a despotic military regime and bring democracy to her native Burma.