A SIMPLE FAVOUR REVIEW
Paul Feig, known for his outrageous comedies ‘Bridesmaids’ and ‘Spy’ is back, this time with a twisted thriller ‘A Simple Favour’ starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively. Kendrick stars a Stephanie, a mummy-vlogger who befriends the successful but extremely private Emily (Lively). Though they are opposites in every way, they find a confidant in each other. However, everything is not what is seems, and when Emily goes missing, Stephanie takes it upon herself to investigate, finding out stuff she never expected.
The acting in this film overall is good, but Lively is the stand-out. Having been given llimited material to work with, Lively managed to elevate her character to levels I didn’t expect and gave her best performance to date. Kendrick is also convincing as a mummy-vlogger; however, I wish her character had been toned-down slightly in moments, rather than remaining upbeat and zany throughout almost the entirety of the film. Linda Cardellini is yet another standout in this generally well-acted movie.
Acting-wise, my major issue is with Henry Golding (Lively’s character’s husband). Unlike in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ where his acting got better as the film progressed, in ‘A Simple Favour’ it just remained on one mediocre level. Had this role been cast with someone more experienced, the character of Sean may have been more accessible and not just one-dimensional.
With ‘A Simple Favour’ juggling so many genres at once, Jessica Sharzer (scriptwriter) can be commended for providing the film with a balanced script. The movie doesn’t feel over-long (2 hours), something that has been a constant issue with films I have seen recently. ‘A Simple Favour’ does go slightly off-the-rails towards the end, but Kendrick and Lively manage to keep this film afloat with their surprisingly good on-screen chemistry.
Overall, ‘A Simple Favour’ aims at both shocking the audience, and for most of the film, it succeeds in doing so. Paul Feig, while not reaching the heights of his previous couple of films, returns to form, and Sharzer’s script is dramatic and crazy without it going too over-the-top