⭐️⭐️ NO, THANK YOU!
I expected this to be a bit of an emotional onslaught from the start, but the tears rolled unexpectedly and in waves. So many emotions and perspectives are presented and at times, it as though you're genuinely gegging in on a private conversation, which feels very raw and very real.
Martha Plimpton is so dear to me.
I've never watched this before because everyone kept saying how BORING and LONG it was. I actually felt it was quite pacy, and lacked detail for the sake of pushing the plot along. It definitely has a soapy feel, which I quite enjoyed. If anything, I'd have liked it to be even trashier. The costumes are lovely (although Anne B's wig looks a little shake-and-go at times), and Scarlett and Natalie give good performances - same for Ana Torrent as…
This is the scariest film I've ever seen at the cinema (maybe the scariest I've seen full stop). I'd usually hate this sort of film, but there's something about Rebecca Hall's performance that's so grounding - I was absolutely *on strings*.
I went to see this on my own and I almost reached for the hand of the guy sat next to me at one point!
The final third is a little bloated - and I'm not sure it's even so good - but it very cleverly pins its hopes on the charm of Johnson and Blunt. This is a decision that largely pays off. The score - a proper, old-school score - is also magnificent. Bravo, James Newton Howard.