Late Night (2019)

“The thing is you can’t take away one terrible thing you did any more than you can take away the millions of beautiful things that we had together. That’s a million to one. If you can live with that ratio for another few years, then so can I.” – Walter

Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Dec 2019)

Brief Synopsis – An aging female late night talk show host hires a women to help revive her writing team in order to keep her show on the air.

My Take on it – This is a film that I knew nothing about besides the fact that star Emma Thompson was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her work here.

This film works really well largely due to the fact that it stays fun the whole way through and also manages to stay very topical and relevant the entire time.

Thompson does a wonderful job in the lead and manages to make this character come to life, quirks and all.

We can easily believe what she does and we can have faith in her characters abilities as a comedienne and talk show host.

The story itself finds a way to recall similar kinds of events that happened in the past dealing with late night TV hosts and that actually helps make this feel even more poignant and enjoyable to watch as the story unfolds in ways that we can never truly predict.

Mindy Kaling is great in the role of protege/apprentice who is brought in to try and shake things up and give a new and fresh perspective to the kind of work that these people do while also showing how it can affect their lives as well.

Loved seeing John Lithgow in a small yet significant role that helps move things in some very powerful directions that raises the level of the story to a more meaningful place once the story begins to move forward.

Bottom Line – Fun film that works really well because it feels very relevant and tropical. Thompson does a wonderful job in the lead and makes us believe her character and her abilities. The story is quite reminiscent of real life events that resemble what happens here and that helps make it even more poignant and enjoyable to watch unfold. Kaling is fine in the apprentice role who must show those around here a fresh and new perspective on their work and life in general. Lithgow is perfectly cast in a very small yet significant supporting role and helps make things even more poignant as the story begins to unfold. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – There are multiple mentions of Katherine publicly discussing her clinical depression. This plays on the real life occurrence of Emma Thompson discussing her depression following her split from Kenneth Branagh. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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2 thoughts on “Late Night (2019)

  1. Disagree entirely. This movie was a stiff. For someone (Kaling) who IS a writer and has written for a TV sitcom multiple times and been a guest on many talk shows – she gets so much wrong that it’s mind boggling. A character with her INexperience would never land a job as a writer. I can’t enumerate all the things that this movie is wrong about because I saw it when it came out – but trust me – it stinks.


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