This movie caught me off guard by how good it is and what clicked in this production. The audience was all abuzz leaving the cinema because almost no one guessed the ending before the credits rolled. However, it was easy to realize this was going to be a different kind of movie from the opening credits.
That’s right. The opening credits. There was a retro feel to the title shots and at first I thought, is this going to be a late 60’s or early 70’s setting? Yet, the graphic work was modern. But what really backed up this story - which does take place in the here and now - was the music. Most of the soundtrack for this movie is French songs. The entire movie is in English. And except for one reference, there’s nothing in the script that says France. But those French songs keep coming and they work! It was an awesome choice by Director Paul Feig. I found myself humming one walking back out to the car. I’m not sure how the choice came about, but it is worth noting.
The story is based on a novel by Darcey Bell, with a script by Jessica Sharzer. They had the audience eating out of their hand. Like I indicated earlier, this story is a constant series of turns in a huge mysterious maze.
The performances are top-notch. Blake Lively and Henry Golding are outstanding. There is even a supporting role by Linda Cardellini who I haven’t seen in a project in a while. But this vehicle is driven by Anna Kendrick’s performance and she leaves nothing behind.
Her versatility really shines in this movie. What I have always liked about Kendrick is her ability to find little quirks or personality traits to incorporate into the portrayal of her character. That extra layer makes it all the more believable. She comes off playing a Vblogging mom that reminds you of someone you know. By the way, the vblogging really works as a way to tell this story.
This movie is probably going to be swamped by the sheer number of blockbusters being released between now and the holidays. Even though it is getting great reviews, who knows how long it will play. If you don’t feel like seeing another comic hero, or a reboot, then buy a ticket for this movie. It is worth the time and money. A strong 5 of 5 on my rating scale.