LATE NIGHT (2019): The Things I Liked…

Late Night (2019), Reid Scott, Mindy Kaling
Late Night (2019), Reid Scott, Mindy Kaling

Written by Mindy Kaling and set in New York City, Katherine (Emma Thompson) is a late night talk show host who’s convinced she’s about to lose her long-running show. Wanting to make a change, Molly (Kaling) is recruited and finds herself the only female member of Katherine’s writing team.

Also starring John Lithgow, Denis O’Hare, Amy Ryan, Reid Scott and Hugh Dancy, I found Late Night to be positively dramatic and funny in equal measure. I liked the writing and appreciated how much we get to know of Katherine’s truth – both at work and home. Late Night is a story about women, by women and features a complex, interesting main character along with several others you’d find in the behind the scenes world of late night television.

There’s a part or two that seemed a tad predictable but not overly so. If you’re a fan of both Kaling and Thompson, chances are you won’t regret watching director Nisha Ganatra’s film. Kaling is fun, funny and Thompson is as good as she’s always been; meaning she’s great. Watch it and see.

Random fact. I’ve decided that Thompson is my aunt and Kaling my cousin. Lastly, a movie that came to mind as Late Night played…? The Devil Wears Prada (2006).

Happy Film Loving

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