While building his reputation as a modern master and innovator, Cary Fukunaga has been a intriguing filmmaking presence by consistently surprising us in his choice in material. Debuting with the immigrant drama Sin Nombre, he followed that up with a literary adaptation of Jane Eyre that went beyond our expectations and conventions of contemporary costume drama. Not to be pinned down by genre alone, he shook the way we watch serialized television with HBO’s celebrated first season of True Detective. Fukunaga keeps changing his own game with wildly different material, but also working across different formats.
Now, he brings not only another in a line of stories unique to his filmography, but he’s again working in a unique presentation format: the theatrical/Netflix hybrid brutal African war tome and Beasts of No Nation.