(July 19, 2020) Original
(November 1, 2020) New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#2)
July 24, 2020
From IMDb: “Pioneer – Rebel – Genius. Radioactive is incredible, true-story of Marie Curie and her Nobel Prize-winning work that changed the world starring Rosamund Pike and Sam Riley.”
Poster Rating: C / C
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Review: (#1) The backdrop won’t make sense to many and the foreground having a bottle of radium with a nuclear explosion in it doesn’t quite help the film’s subject leap to mind.
(#2) A very bright, but distracting background tells us absolutely nothing about the central figure or her importance.
Trailer Rating: B / C+
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Review: (#1) The trailer is solidly done and anyone inspired by Marie Curie should find something here to be interested in. Unfortunately, there are just enough cues on display to suggest it might be a stinker that it’s almost impossible not to be a bit wary.
(#2) The first trailer gave us a glimpse into the historic fight Marie curie had to face to become recognized. This second trailer doesn’t do very much with that concept at all, making it all feel rather unnecessary.
The story of Marie Curie is a potent one, one that has been told infrequently compared to other major figures of scientific history. With prior Oscar nominee Rosamund Pike has a chance of a Best Actress nomination if competition continues to be light this year. Marjane Satrapi could also be a Best Directing nominee, but that might be a bit of a stretch. Of course, if the film meet critical acclaim, it could compete in numerous categories; however, as many biopics have disappointed in recent memory, there’s also the likelihood that the film is savaged by critics, at which point, all Oscar hopes will be dashed.