Richard Linklater’s action comedy film “Hit Man” has made a big splash at its premiere in Venice. The audience was so impressed with the film that they gave it a spirited standing ovation, with the director personally handing out high fives to show his appreciation. The cheers and continuous clapping throughout the film were a testament to its success.
During the premiere, Linklater expressed his gratitude for the applause, mouthing “thank you so much” and holding his hand to his heart. He even exchanged high fives with his partner and daughter, basking in the positive reception of his work.
In a post-screening interview, Linklater spoke about his close collaboration with the film’s star, Glen Powell. The two worked tirelessly without breaks in New Orleans to bring “Hit Man” to life. Their efforts seem to have paid off, as the film has received positive reviews at the Venice Film Festival. Variety film critic Owen Gleiberman described it as a “true-life screwball underworld romantic philosophical thriller comedy noir.”
Powell’s performance as the leading man has also garnered praise for his offbeat vibe and genuine sincerity. The actor’s breakout role in “Top Gun: Maverick” has brought him recognition, and his work alongside Linklater has only solidified his rising star status.
“Hit Man” was co-written by Linklater and Powell, based on a Texas Monthly article by Skip Hollandsworth. The film follows an undercover police officer posing as a hitman in Houston, with the aim of arresting those attempting to hire him and saving a woman in distress. Aside from Powell, the cast includes Adria Arjona, Austin Amelio, Retta, Molly Bernard, and Mike Markoff, adding depth and talent to the film.
This is not Linklater’s first time at the Venice Film Festival. He previously attended with his 2001 animated film “Waking Life,” further cementing his reputation as a respected filmmaker.
“Hit Man” will also be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, further solidifying its presence in the festival circuit. Fans and critics alike can’t wait to see what this action comedy has in store.
With its energetic premiere and positive reviews, “Hit Man” is definitely a film to look out for. Linklater and Powell’s collaboration continues to impress, and their future projects together are eagerly anticipated. For now, moviegoers can enjoy “Hit Man” at the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals, and keep an eye out for its wider release in the near future.
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