Apparently Jeff Bezos isn’t just content to have your credit card number and a knowledge of your worst buying habits anymore. Now the Amazon CEO has enlisted This is Us creator Dan Fogelman to make a film, titled Life Itself, in order to harvest the one precious resource that Bezos himself no longer has the physiological ability to make: Human tears.
And to do so, Fogelman’s been given the chance to assemble a pretty great cast — Oscar Isaac, for one, along with Olivia Wilde, Annette Bening, and Antonio Banderas — to make it likely that even the most stern-faced grump out there in the world will get moved by something between its titles and credits. Amazon Studios dropped a trailer for it on Tuesday and, well, it looks like you might expect it to.
Take a look:
That looks… pretty mediocre!
And not because we’re afraid of crying or anything or don’t respect the value of melodrama, it just looks sort of flat in the way that plenty a indie did back in the mid-aughts, back when guys like Zach Braff steered the Sundance “profundity” ship ashore at your local Regal cinema in order to help 14-year-olds feel like they had a philosophical grip on a post-9/11 world. Anyways, we are sure that this film will make us donate tears to Bezos because, well, we’re human and things make us sad, but we do reserve the right to complain about it online afterwards.
Here’s a vague and unfulfilling synopsis:
“As a young New York couple goes from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes in Life Itself. Director and writer Dan Fogelman (“This Is Us”) examines the perils and rewards of everyday life in a multigenerational saga featuring an international ensemble including Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Olivia Cooke, Sergio Peris- Mencheta, Laia Costa, Alex Monner and Mandy Patinkin. Set in New York City and Carmona, Spain, Life Itself celebrates the human condition and all of its complications with humor, poignancy and love.”