Skip to main content

Ads

loading...

Featured Post

Ash Is Purest White 2018 Sinhala Subtitles

Synopsis A story of violent love within a time frame spanning from 2001 to 2017.

Ads

ads

Flipboard

Flipboard

A Simple Favor Movie Review

Entertaining Noir-Comedy is a Nasty Delight


Director Paul Feig brings his comedic touches with neo-noir flourishes to "A Simple Favor," a sleek and wildly engaging comedy-thriller hybrid. Even when it falters a bit in its final act, Feig and his actors keep things lively and spirited throughout with snappy chemistry and biting delivery.

Anna Kendrick stars as Stephanie, an eager-to-please mother who is always the first to volunteer to help at her son's school. She is a "Mommy Blogger," creating daily vlogs that teach the mothers of the world everything from new recipes to origami.

One day after school, Stephanie's son wants to have a playdate with one of his friends, who is also waiting for his mom to pick him up. A fancy car pulls up and a tall, beautiful woman steps out, releasing a whiff of mystery and intrigue into the air. She is Emily (Blake Lively), a perfectly dressed PR representativ who is the complete opposite of Stephanie.

Emily doesn't seem interested in dealing with setting up playdates but gives in as long as Stephanie agrees to come over for a martini. The two of them strike up an unusual friendship, which is bound by ritualistic afternoon drinks. One afternoon, Emily calls Stephanie requesting "a simple favor" and asks if Stephanie can pick her son up after school because she is tied up at work. When Emily doesn't show up later that night, the hours turn to days and all of a sudden Emily is missing. Stephanie contacts Emily's husband Sean (Henry Golding), who hasn't heard from her either.

As the mystery unfolds, Feig maintains a genuine sense of suspense throughout, allowing for some surprises before things get a bit too busy, as they tend to do with these kinds of movies. Kendrick is as charming as ever, playing the perky mom on the case, but Lively is a bit of a revelation here, exuding 1950s noir magnetism unlike anything she has ever been given to do before. Kendrick and Lively's opposites-attract chemistry keep the film interesting as we discover Stephanie and Emily couldn't be any more different from each other.

Feig's comedy elements and the mystery components work well separately but when the screenplay (adapted from Darcey Bell's novel by Jessica Sharzer) fuses them together, some lines of dialog feel a bit misplaced. It's an unfortunate hiccup - particularly in the last act - when everything that came before it was so delightfully fun. Feig has fun playing with genres, and "A Simple Favor" is another example of him trying to breathe new life into familiar tropes, for better or for worse.




Comments

ads

loading...
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Loading...

Popular posts from this blog

The Pilgrim's Progress (2019) Sinhala Subtitles

Synopsis The epic tale of a pilgrim and his burden, based on John Bunyan's Masterpiece. Christian begins a journey from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City as the ultimate enemy tries everything in his power to distract him from his destination. One of the most popular books of all time is brought to life for the first time to theaters as a feature length, CGI animated movie.

Nokia 4.2 Review

At £150, Nokia's budget handset has to be compared to the very best cheap phones. How does it stack up?
Should I Buy The Nokia 4.2?
The 4.2 has shown that Nokia can still produce good hardware, and combined with the slick user interface on Android One it provides an enjoyable user experience. This fully featured modern handset produces consistently solid performance, with above average cameras and impressive battery life. 
However, it is let down by a low resolution screen, poor implementation of biometrics and some stubborn design choices.

Game Of Thrones Season 8 - End Game With Sinhala Subtitles

Nectarine & Prosciutto Salad

Sweet ripe nectarines pair with peppery arugula and a hit of salty Parmesan and prosciutto in this outstanding side salad.

Apple MacBook Pro 15in (2019) Review

The 2019 version of the 15in MacBook Pro brings more powerful Intel processors - including a 9th generation 8-core option, but it may still suffer from keyboard issues (which Apple will fix for free). Here's our full review.
Should I buy the 15in MacBook Pro (2019)?
You’ll need to weigh up how much you need an incredibly powerful Mac laptop with concerns about the keyboard, but the new 9th generation 8-core processors should sweeten the deal.

Like Fan Page