This original production is brought to the audience by 20th Century Studios, a subsidiary of Disney, and features notable actors John David Washington from “Tenet” and Gemma Chan from “Eternals,” a Marvel Studios production.
“The Creator” draws inspiration from iconic sci-fi films like “Blade Runner,” “Akira,” and “E.T.,” offering a fresh and innovative concept in a cinematic landscape dominated by sequels and familiar intellectual properties.
The social media embargo for “The Creator” was lifted at midnight ET on Tuesday, September 19, leading to a flood of largely enthusiastic reviews on platforms like X (formerly Twitter), where the film received praise from critics.
Given Gareth Edwards’ track record, particularly as the director of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” a highly regarded Lucasfilm project since Disney’s acquisition of the company, there’s anticipation regarding potential accolades for “The Creator.” “Rogue One” received Oscar nominations for Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects, although it didn’t secure a win. Edwards himself earned Best Director awards at both the Empire and Saturn Awards during that period.
In “The Creator,” Edwards enjoys greater creative control as a writer and producer, following his work in the Star Wars universe and his direction of the 2014 film “Godzilla.”
With the 96th Academy Awards on the horizon, films like “Oppenheimer,” “Killers of the Flower Moon,” and “Past Lives” are expected to contend for Best Picture nominations.
Considering the enthusiastic reception and raving reviews, “The Creator” might find a place among the Oscar nominees. Potential categories for recognition include Sound Mixing, Original Screenplay, or Best Visual Effects, particularly given the film’s impressive CGI and the intricate design of the AI robots, all of which are backed by a substantial $80 million budget.