Last week we brought you the trailer for Michael Bay’s upcoming film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi in which I begged the question of whether or not we realllllly want Michael Bay being the filmmaker to bring the intricacies of Benghazi to the big screen. No sooner did that rhetorical question go unanswered when today the trailer for Roland Emmerich’s film Stonewall, which focuses on the Stonewall riots of 1969 in which LGBT community came out in force against the anti-gay legal system, dropped on the Interwebz.
While on one hand, the film looks quite well done, I still am not sure if Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, the awful Godzilla from 1998) is the guy to bring such a heavy and timely topic to the big screen. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have any sort of issue with him or his support of the LGBT community and the struggles they’ve had to overcome. I’m more concerned that his, err, bombastic style is right for this material. The film looks like Do the Right Thing as conceived by Sam Peckinpah or worse, Roland Emmerich.