Movie Thoughts - A Simple Favour
Last weekend I went to see A Simple Favor at the cinema - I didn’t know much about it besides it was some kind of quirky thiller starring two of my fave American actresses.
It turned out that the plot revolved around a “Mommy Vlogger” named Stephanie who meets the cool, mysterious Emily at the school gates one afternoon and ends up going to hers for their kids to play while they drink really strong martinis together. A very unlikely friendship blooms between the two ladies until a week later, Emily very mysteriously disappears and Stephanie becomes embroiled in a life she doesn’t know as well as she thinks she does…
~ Anna Kendrick & Blake Lively are the duo I never knew I needed
They are both completely gorgeous, sparking with chemistry and have amazing comic timing. Anna’s sweet, adorkable nerdiness matched with Blake’s mysterious, foul-mouthed cool girl act is the ultimate double act. I loved both of them so much for different reasons and I want them to star in a million more movies together from now on please.
~ GIRLY THRILLERS ARE THE BEST - I want more of them
I am SO into this genre right now. Gone Girl, Girl On The Train, Big Little Lies…. There is something incredibly watchable about a dark, female-driven mystery unfolding one tiny piece at a time. The fact that this one had a “Mommy Vlogger” at the heart of the drama just made it all the more watchable for me.
~ It was black comedy at it’s finest
It’s by the same director as Bridesmaids and I was not prepared for how absolutely hilarious it was going to be. The audience were laughing out loud the whole way through at the super sharp dialogue. It’s definitely not as serious as the Gone Girl style thrillers, it knows it’s all a bit hammy and tongue-in-cheek and that just makes it all the more enjoyable.
~ THE CLOTHES, OH GOD THE CLOTHES
EVERY OUTFIT WAS MAGNIFICENT AND MADE ME WANT TO HIRE A PERSONAL STYLIST TO GET A TENTH OF THE WAY CLOSE TO SUCH BEAUTIFUL FASHION CHOICES. Extra shout-out to Emily’s white suit and Stephanie’s yellow coat. I kept whispering to Mat about how much I loved that coat in the cinema, hoping it might magically appear on Simply Be if I summoned it.
~ THE WHOLE AESTHETIC ACTUALLY
The setting. The props. The APARTMENTS. (Can I have Emily’s giant wardrobe please?) The title credits. The whole chic film noir thing going on with all the shots and promo stuff. UGH YES.
~ AND THE FRENCH MUSIC OH MY LIFE
There was so much beautiful, trendy French pop in the soundtrack and now I must make a French Pop Spotify List immediately.
(Yes I know that picture has nothing to do even vaguely with French music, but I couldn’t find the screenshot of Stephanie dancing…)
~ The twists and turns were OTT and ridiculous
Without giving too much away there were a lot of crazy twists that took this movie from a somewhat serious psychological thriller to a full on cheesy ham-fest, particularly at the end where the they just got more and more ridiculous and unbelievable. But you know what? I loved them. I’m not ashamed to say it.
~ Nothing made any sense and I can live with that
Half of the time I was thinking… Why is she there? What is she looking for? Who is that? What was the point of that random scene? Why are those people kissing? Why would she be doing/saying that? Why does no one seem that shocked about this insane thing? WHAT’S GOING ON? THIS WOULD NEVER HAPPEN. But like, just go with it. None of that stuff matters. In the end, what matters is being entertained by two funny, gorgeous, badass ladies.
~ Also the pacing was so off, but I can live with that too
Everything happened SO QUICKLY. For a start Stephanie and Emily were “best friends” in the space of a week (I think we were supposed to be shaking our head at Stephanie saying this all the time but it still seemed quite stupid)… And then don’t get me started on a certain relationship that unfurled at the speed of light, along with all the backstory and plot points that were just dumped out of the blue one after the other. Everything happened at very unrealistic rates, but at the same time it meant the film was super snappy and got to the point without over-waffling so I’m happy to suspend belief for the sake of entertainment.
~ The feminist slant was perfection
Emily gave Stephanie many wise, badass pieces of advice from one lady to another. Such as never say sorry like we women are conditioned to do on a daily basis. And go in hard on guys in charge of you before they try and walk all over you. (Note: she said something a lot ruder than walk all over you, I’m paraphrasing here). I LOVED all these little thoughts and speeches. I loved the fact the two characters were mothers and complicated and layered and so much more than the little tick boxes we put certain women into.
~ Stephanie was the main character I’ve always wanted
Sweet, cute and dorky with a hidden edge burning underneath. She said and did such stupid, embarrassing thoroughly relatable things and I loved her so much. Every moment she babbled out some cringe-worthy, nonsensical reply to anyone I was just so happy to see myself represented onscreen. (ha ha)
~ Bonus points for the Andrew Rannells cameo
I have never not loved him in anything I’ve watched him in and I’ve seen him in 5 movies and 4 TV shows, I just checked.
Overall, this is a total romp of a movie and if you are looking for some kind of serious, edgy thriller then it might not be for you. If like me however you love a good romp, especially one with witty banter and massive girl-crushes then you should definitely watch it because I personally loved every second and want to watch it all over again already.
MOVIE RATING: 4.5/5