“A Simple Favor” was not on my original watch list but, its Alfred Hitchcock meets “Gone Girl”.
Two women become unlikely friends when their young sons attend school and play together. Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) is a Mom/Blogger and “June Cleaver” without a husband. The other woman Emily (Blake Lively) is a Public Relations professional and a wife.
Stephanie and Emily start spending a lot of time together and during these times their share information and stories about themselves and things that have happened in their past.
One day Emily reaches out to Stephanie asking her if she could do a “Simple Favor” for her. Stephanie agrees to do the favor, but then Emily’s sudden disappearance causes Stephanie and Emily’s husband Sean (Henry Golding) to come together to try and figure out what exactly is going on. The story unfolds from there…
The movie is full of twists and the movie itself is very twisted. This is a thriller of epic per-portion. There is a cloud of mystery throughout the movie.
Alfred Hitchcock would be pleased.
I was surprised at how well the movie was executed. “A Simple Favor” is definitely worth a look.
This is a 4 Star Movie!!
“The Age of Adaline” is about a woman, Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) who remains 29 years of age for 8 decades due to an accident. Although Adaline does constant research about her strange dilemma, she can find nothing in any medical journal.
So Adaline goes about living a solitary life because she is afraid of running into someone who might reveal her secret. A Chance meeting of a good looking philanthropist Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) reignites her passion for life and romance. Ellis invites Adaline to his childhood home for a long weekend to meet his parents (Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker), but it turns out that Ellis’s Dad is a man from Adaline’s past. The story unfolds from there…
The first part of the film is boring, this is due to the fact that Blake Lively sashays through her scenes as if she is on a runway. Once Helen Burstyn, Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker appear in the movie, things get interesting. Unfortunately they are not in the movie very much.
I can think of several other actresses (Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock or Julia Stiles just to name a few) who could have played the role of Adaline Bowman better.
With all of that being said, “The Age of Adaline” is still a “Date Night” movie.
This is a 2 1/2 Star Movie!