Permission (2017)


“I lost my virginity to this record.” – Dane

Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 Mar 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A couple on the verge of getting engaged decide to allow each other to explore other partners before they make the final commitment.

My Take on it – This is a film that piqued my interest based solely on the premise which seemed to have lots of potential.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t work as well as I would have hoped it would and falls quite short of making an impact.

The characters just aren’t developed well enough for us to care about what happens to them and that’s quite a shame because both Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens are quite good here.

They feel quite limited by the script and instead of being a powerful parable on life in a strong relationship, it comes across as being too choppy and mediocre.

The fact that the film follows a secondary storyline about a gay couple debating whether to adopt is an interesting way to compare and contrast the relationships between the two couples but it also takes away from the main focus of the story.

Bottom Line – Interesting premise that doesn’t work as well as one would hope. Hall and Stevens are both fine here but feel limited by the choppy script.  The characters aren’t developed well enough for us to care enough about them and their relationships which takes away from the impact that such a premise could actually have.  The secondary story that follows the gay couple’s decisions about adoption is good but it takes away from the main storyline.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This was very much a collaborative project between Brooklyn and British-centric friends. Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens were briefly classmates at Cambridge University and appearing on the British and the Brooklyn Academy of Music stage in several Shakspherian productions. Hall and Morgan Spector also shared a Broadway stage in Machinal (2014) and later married. Brian Crano has previously written and directed films with his partner, David Joseph Craig and Rebecca Hall. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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