Steven Soderbergh's last film, Logan Lucky, rolled through theaters this summer like an enjoyably entertaining breeze, but the director's next project looks a bit more...dense? Complicated? Ambitious? Eh, let's call it all of the above.
This is the full-length trailer for Soderbergh's Mosaic, which is neither a film nor a television show, but a narrative app where you decide how the story unfolds. To our eyes, it looks like a very expensive twist on the Choose Your Own Adventure books of our youth, though presumably Mosaic will be better written than You Are A Shark.
Check it out.
So, that looks interesting, but it turns out navigating Mosaic is a bit more complicated than simply clicking one option or another. Here, the folks over at Vulture have a pretty succinct description of how it works:
"Viewers (or should I say users?) have a fair degree of control over how they access the information. It’s possible, for instance, to allow a four-minute scene to play through without interruption, pause it and go back to an earlier event, jump forward to something that happens later in the timeline, or jump sideways and experience another moment that’s happening simultaneously."
Real talk? This is all very neat, but learning about it has left this writer feeling very old, tired and cranky (like, almost a Phil Nobile Jr. level of crankiness). I'm also deducting points for being asked to watch something on a tablet or phone; I won't even watch screeners on my laptop, much less new Soderbergh. It's good news for people like me, then, that HBO will release Mosaic as an edited, multipart miniseries on January 22nd.
What do you folks think about all this? Into it? Not so much? Sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned for more on Mosaic as it becomes available.