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A SIMPLE FAVOR (2018): The Thing I Liked…

A Simple Favor (2018): Blake Lively
A Simple Favor (2018): Blake Lively

Director Paul Feig’s crime / thriller about a mommy vlogger trying to find out the real reason behind her new best friend’s sudden disappearance is a movie I liked less than I expected to. 

Starring Blake Lively, Henry Golding and Anna Kendrick, what I liked most about A Simple Favor, besides Lively’s character Emily’s great sense of style is her embodiment of a young woman in charge who refuses to take nonsense from anyone.

It’s therefore no wonder then that Kendrick’s outwardly super sweet Stephanie was very much drawn to the clearly inspiring and very fun to watch Emily.

There was a moment after all the key characters seemed to have been established that I wondered where the story was really going. What I most certainly didn’t expect is that I’d find A Simple Favor to be rather unsatisfying overall.

Having never read the book on which this movie is based, I’d prepared myself for a different kind of experience; one that was a fun mystery with entertaining dialogue, but without things taking quite the dark turn that they did. And when I say ‘dark,’ I’m really mostly referring to the truth behind Emily, her true nature. It’s clear to me now that I simply wanted to like her.

The last time a movie did something similar to me, almost like a bait and switch was The Lobster (2015). And just like the Lobster, I liked the earlier half of A Simple Favor more.

Watch it if you’re so curious, maybe you’ll enjoy the darkness.

Happy Film Loving

G

A SIMPLE FAVOR (2018): New Trailer From Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick, Linda Cardellini…

A Simple Favor (2018), Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively
A Simple Favor (2018), Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively

Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick and Linda Cardellini are the stars of Paul Feig’s latest, a crime / mystery / thriller, A Simple Favor. 

Kendrick is a mommy vlogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend’s sudden disappearance…

I only really know Feig for his hit comedy films. Namely Bridesmaids (2011) and  Spy (2015). May his transition to the non-comedy category also prove fruitful.

I  can’t say that I’m a fan of the various moments of ‘dialogue minus imagery’ in this trailer, yet I am intrigued and I like Lively and Kendrick enough to take a chance.

Henry Golding, Rupert Friend, Eric Johnson and Sarah Baker also star.

A Simple Favor Release Dates: September 14th, 2018 (US); September 21st, 2018 (UK)…

Read my review of A Simple Favor.

Happy Film Loving

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ALL I SEE IS YOU (2016): New Trailer From Blake Lively, Jason Clarke, Yvonne Strahovski, Danny Huston…

All I See Is You (2016), Blake Lively, Jason Clarke
All I See Is You (2016), Blake Lively, Jason Clarke

In All I See Is You, Blake Lively is a blind woman whose relationship with her husband changes when she regains her sight and discovers disturbing details about themselves. Directed by Marc Forster; Jason Clarke, Yvonne Strahovski and Danny Huston also star…

This looks like it could be Lively’s darkest role yet and that’s a prospect too intriguing for me to ignore. I also just want to know the nature of the ‘disturbing details’ discovered.

All I See Is You Release Dates: October 27th, 2017 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

G

CAFE SOCIETY (2016): The Thing I Liked…

Café Society (2016), Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg
Café Society (2016), Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg

It’s generally understood that Hollywood films about Hollywood tend not to do well at the box office. I’d only been aware of this phenomenon anecdotally until I watched Hail, Caesar! (2015), a movie I along with many others did not love.

I’m yet to see the most recent Hollywood movie about Hollywood. Namely Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply (2016), but I know that it also didn’t do particularly well upon release. The most recent Hollywood movie about Hollywood I’ve watched is Woody Allen’s Cafe Society (2016). I took my time to watch this one for the reasons stated above. It was my love for Allen’s Blue Jasmine (2013), my favourite of his movies, Blake Lively and a general curiosity about Kristen Stewart’s acting that made me finally  tune in. Cafe Society isn’t one of Allen’s most raved about films. Still, if I had to choose between it and Hail, Caesar! (2015), the latter absolutely would not win, except that the costumes in Hail, Caesar! are definitely more fun.

I wasn’t in love with the ending of Cafe Society and I admit to largely losing interest when one or two of the main characters shows up again towards the end; something to do with my general ‘liking’ of Blake Lively and her character, perhaps. Somehow I did manage to make it to the film’s conclusion; rather anticlimactic end I might add. As pleasing as that ending might be to Allen and everyone else, I felt, for want of a better phrase, ‘left in limbo’.

Performance-wise Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart were fine but I loved Steve Carell and Parker Posey more. My favourite thing about Cafe Society is the colour filter and the music. I’m just glad that the film didn’t prove to be a waste of my time to the levels of Hail, Caesar! (2015). I wouldn’t say that ‘You simply must see it! You must!’ because I only found it just OK overall.

Happy Film Loving

G

CAFE SOCIETY (2016): New Trailer From Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg & Blake Lively

Café Society (2016), Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart
Café Society (2016), Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart

Woody Allen, writer and director of one of my favourite films Blue Jasmine (2013) is back. Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Blake Lively are the stars of Café Society, a movie set in the 1930s about a young man who moves to live and work in Hollywood…

Having just recently watched the unfortunate disappointment that is Hail, Caesar! (2016), I don’t know about another movie about Hollywood from way back when. I may end up liking this. One can only wait and see.

Café Society Release Dates: May 11th, 2016 (FR); August 12th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

THE SHALLOWS (2016): New Trailer Starring Blake Lively

The Shallows (2016), Blake Lively
The Shallows (2016), Blake Lively

The trailer for Blake Lively’s latest movie, The Shallows has my attention…

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

Lively’s character finds herself in a less than desirable predicament involving mother nature and a creature of the deep. I’m excited to see how things pan out for her and to see what new survival skills if any I can acquire in the process.

The shallows Release Dates: June 24th, 2016 (US); July 1st, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

THE AGE OF ADALINE (2015): For The Beautiful Romance

The Age Of Adaline (2015), Michiel Huisman, Blake Lively
The Age Of Adaline (2015), Michiel Huisman, Blake Lively

Blake Lively is the star of the Lee Toland Krieger directed fantasy / romance, The Age Of Adaline, a movie about a woman rendered ageless following an accident. 

Also starring Michael Huisman, Ellen Burstyn and Harrison Ford, Krieger’s film deals with the bittersweet realities that arise as a result of Adaline’s unique situation and with particular reference to her romantic life.

I did enjoy the movie, especially the romance even though there was a point towards the end when one of Adalines decisions just felt incredibly rash/ hasty…

I’ve given it a bit of thought and think that if I were afforded the option, I’d probably choose to  have the ageing process slowed down quite a bit rather than stopped completely. That way everyone can hopefully just put it down to good genes.

Did anyone else notice the resemblence between the rather handsome Michiel Huisman and Shia LeBeouf? Not to say that they’re twins of course.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G