"A Simple Favor", directed by Paul Feig, centers around Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a mommy vlogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily's (Blake Lively) sudden disappearance from their small town. Stephanie is joined by Emily's husband Sean (Henry Golding) in this stylish thriller filled with twists and betrayals, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge.
Saw this in the cinema and was pleasantly surprised. Don't be fooled into thinking it's a 'chick flick' as it's definitely not. It's very good and despite guessing the twist half way through I still enjoyed. Both leads are great and it's the first time I've since Blake Lively in anything and she was excellent in her role. Definitely give it a go!.
8 out of 8 members found this review helpful.
Unconvincing comedy mystery
- A Simple Favour review by Alphaville
A vlogging mom (Anna Kendrick) befriends another who disappears. Kendrick is thankfully a bit less irritating than usual, but her limited emotional range and mugging to camera remain an acquired taste. After an hour or so the mystery deepens, but the lightweight tone, as Woody Allen has found out before, robs the plot of any drama. The ho-hum sub-Gone-Girl resolution fails to convince and is eventually played for laughs, with lots of shots of Kendrick vlogging to camera. The alternative ending on the DVD even develops into nauseating musical theatre.
You may well feel short-changed, especially if you’ve been enticed by the brilliant British trailer, which plays mostly without dialogue to an evocative Coeur de Lion song. The song, which isn’t in the film, adds an air of darkness and sophistication that’s at total odds with the film itself. Listen to the album instead.
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.
great murder mystery
- A Simple Favour review by DR
Beautifully filmed , it reminded me of how Tom Ford concentrates on every shot having meaning.Also great music , really nice twist to have so many French songs.The plot has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing throughout although the ending was slightly contrived. Although I wouldn't say I was a fan of the Anna Kendrick films I have seen up to this one, she plays the part to perfection as does Blake Lively.
Tonally this film is all over the place and it can't decide quite what type of film wants to be either. The 'twists' are tedious and some of the acting is very ropey (Henry Golding in particular). Paul Feig should stick to crass comedies.
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.
Great black comedy mystery
- A Simple Favour review by EP
I really enjoyed this from start to finish, I thought that the parts were well acted and the story quite original.
There are several twists in the film and it feels like 2 or 3 sections kind of stitched together but even through the more "serious" parts there was humour to be had.