Written and directed by Rafael Palacio Illingworth, Between Us is an engaging enough story. A story about a young couple concerned with all that they’ll leave behind after getting married. And so just like that, tempting possibilities start to present themselves.
Overall, I enjoyed the execution of Between Us as a realistic telling of a young couple’s experience of the challenges that come with societal pressures and personal expectations on relationships. The film’s stars Ben Feldman, Olivia Thirlby, Adam Goldberg and Analeigh Tipton all deliver good performances.
The things I didn’t much enjoy include, firstly, the close-ups that became uncomfortable and annoying quite quickly. Secondly, the ’husband and wife’ chant that went on far longer than it needed to. In my mind five chants would have been more than enough; even if their sole purpose was to communicate the awkward and definitely uncomfortable stage of the couple’s relationship. Last but absolutely not least, the music. It was, in the most part, very bad – in my opinion. Nevertheless, I still have no regrets about watching Between Us.Would I recommend the movie? Maybe, and most likely only to someone who wanted to know a few of the kind of things I find annoying in movies, but that’s really it.
Between Us which stars Analeigh Tipton, Olivia Thirlby and Ben Feldman is all about a young city-dwelling couple who are afraid of everything they think they’ll lose by getting married. And so appears the temptations of an alternative life…
This I have to see because romantic relationships are difficult and therefore infinitely interesting. I hope that whatever the characters decide to do, it’ll be for reasons that won’t be exactly what I imagine. I love a surprise in contexts like these..
We meet the protagonist, Ted, played by Seann William Scott, at a point in his life when he has decided that it’s time to commit suicide – something he tells himself he must do but only after one last trip to his hometown.
Just before I Go is my first Courney Cox directed movie. It’s also the first time I’ve seen Sean William Scott in a serious dramatic role.
An Actor better known for his comedic work in Road Trip (2000) and the American Pie(1999) movies,I’m happy to conclude that Scott didn’t do terribly. Naturally however, I did find myself half expecting him to suddenly deliver a funny line – but that speaks more to the strength of his most memorable work and type-casting than anything else.
The key subject matter of Just before I Go is dark and some challenging real life situations are Featured. But worry not because this is a drama/ comedy, so the laughs do come and several of them courtesy of actor, Garret Dillahunt.
The best scene, in my view is the one where Ted’s teenage nephew, played by Kyle Gallner opens up to his uncle. Gallner’s character work in the movie is great overall – but especially in this scene.
Watch it if the topic of suicide intrigues you, you’re curious about Courtney Cox as a director or you just have to see Scott in a dramatic role. You could also simply be a big fan of at least one of the filmmakers involved.