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A Simple Favor is an edge of year seat must watch for any avid film fan! It is a film that had been on my radar for quite some time throughout its pre-release marketing (which was top notch at not revealing too much to spoil anything) and one I wanted to love so much and feared my expectations would never be met, luckily I was incredibly wrong. I urge anyone that has yet to see this film to do themselves a favor (read this review first of course, I promise no spoilers) and go down to your nearest cinema to watch it whilst you still can!
The premise seems simple enough; we have two leading ladies, the first being Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) she is a ‘mum of the year’ vlogger who seemingly doesn’t have a bad bone in her body. Then we meet Emily (Blake Lively) she’s dressed to the 9s, has the perfect husband, job and house and is often seen with a martini in hand. They instantly hit it off and become ‘best friends’, until Emily goes missing that is…her husband Sean (Henry Golding) seems the likely suspect but it can’t be that simple…can it? If this already sounds confusing to you then go give the trailer a watch – it does a wonderful job of creating a sense of mystery without revealing anything major.
I love a good story and the plot for this film works magic. It constantly shifts in point-of-view and the audience is led on a cat and mouse hunt for the answers to the constant stream of questions we want to know. Who is Emily? Where has she gone? Is Stephanie really that innocent? And what is the husband Sean hiding? The film plays largely on the changing of perspectives of who is telling the truth and who is lying. These changes of point-of-view make it hard to trust anyone which makes it a lot of fun to watch. Although I haven’t read the book by Darcey Bell I feel that this is a technique the writer must have used and if this is the case is has certainly translated well to the screen. Director Paul Feig has done a grand job at the direction of this piece and it stands among his best work to date, he has managed to push the boundaries of what a mixed genre film can do by blending a thriller with a comedy – it didn’t seem doable but it certainly is. A Simple Favor (as mentioned above) will keep most audiences on the edge of their seat with its constant twists and turns but it is also full of hilarious one liners and situations that are sure to let out a few laughs here and there. This is of course pulled off by the talented leading cast members who all have been perfectly cast. The chemistry between the leading trio is unbelievable – Kendrick, Lively and Golding all bounce off each other with such ease and they are a delight to watch. Kendrick is perfect as the innocent Stephanie, and what a fun character it must have been to play with and she balances nicely against Lively who oozes with charisma and charm. Golding on the other hand has landed his second leading role following on from Crazy, Rich, Asians and is one I look forward to watching over the coming years; he is funny, talented, nice to look at and comes across very humble and likeable on the screen. Whilst most would think the leads would be fighting for the spotlight I believe they all equally stole it at their shining moments.
A huge positive addition to this film and what in a way holds it all together is its impeccable design. Every outfit (especially those worn by Lively) looks incredible and adds something to the scene. I saw the design as a compliment to a film playing on opposites attracting to one another as it largely features a blend of pastels with black and white. Again, and now I’m just repeating myself, it makes the film fun and interesting to watch.
I don’t really have anything bad to say about the film – it might be too campy for some people, but it is exactly what I love about it. There is a slightly dodgy effect in the films closing act, reminiscent of a scene in Mean Girls involving a bus, but I guess I can look past that. A Simple Favor is fabulous and one of my current top films of the year (dare I say it), I am sure that in no time soon there will be a Broadway production in the works and I would be there front and centre! Until then grab a popcorn and enjoy the film!
🌟 Rating: 9.5/10
🍦 Rating: Lemon Sorbet ~ Sharp on the tongue, expensive, sweet and leaves a pleasant after taste.