Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Jan 2021)
Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of a young couple who unexpectedly have their best friend move in when they are hit by a traumatic event.
My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about a few months ago and was quite intrigued to see what it was all about.
They manage to give us a really powerful story here that is able to work on numerous levels.
The cast is excellent and both Casey Affleck and Dakota Johnson are great as the married couple because they give us such a realistic portrayal of how they deal with everything that happens here.
The scene stealer tho is Jason Segal as their best friend who shows up unexpectedly in order to help when things start to get worse.
The choice to tell this story in a non-linear fashion works really well in helping us learn so much about these characters as things progress.
I kept thinking of this film’s plot like a puzzle where random pieces are revealed throughout the story and only towards the end can you get the full picture of everything that is really happening.
The film’s dialogue is so engaging and they find ways to keep things so profound throughout.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that this film was directed by Gabriella Cowperthwaite.
She proves here that she can also direct dramas in as much of a poignant way as she does with her documentaries (like Blackfish (2013), which I just rewatched a few days ago).
This film’s story was able to hit me really hard due to my familiarity and connection with the main theme.
The story is presented in a very realistic fashion which helps enhance things even more.
The fact that this is based on a real story makes it even more powerful to watch unfold.
Bottom Line – Very powerful story that works really well. The cast is superb and Affleck and Johnson are great as a married couple. Segal is superb as their best friend who becomes an integral part of their lives when the need arises. The story is told in a very non-linear fashion which helps enhance the story even more because we learn so much about these characters along the way. The story in some ways feels like a puzzle that is slowly being put together but you get to see different sections populated before you get to see the final product. The dialogue is great and they know how to keep things so profound the whole way through. This film is directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite and she shows here that she is quite adept at dealing with a dramatic film along with her impressive documentary resume. The story hit me real hard because of my familiarity with the subject matter and gives a very realistic portrayal of things. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Creators got approval of Led Zeppelin music just days before the film’s release at TIFF. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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