Welcome back for another film review! I haven’t done this in a while as I don’t watch many films, but I’ve recently started watching more, and so I’m excited to publish something a bit different 🙂
‘A Simple Favour’ came out in 2018, and stars Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick. I recently finished ‘Gossip Girl’ for the second time, and I’m really not a fan of Lively’s character in that series.
However, in this film I thought her character was much more interesting- mysterious, dangerous and elegant, the film questioned the audience’s judgement constantly, with so many twists and turns.
This film focused on Stephanie, a young single woman haunted by the death of her husband and brother, and just trying to bring up her young son alone.
She’s what the other parents see as a “perfect mum”, choosing to stay at home full time and putting in lots of hours volunteering for school, as well as running her own vlog about everything mum-related.
One day Stephanie meets Emily, an elegant, beautiful and alluring mother at the school, who works full time in New York and drinks martinis in her spare time.
Stephanie is drawn to Emily’s seemingly perfect lifestyle, enjoying the move away from her mundane life- they soon become friends, trading their darkest secrets. But does Stephanie know the real Emily?
And then Emily goes missing, and things start to get strange for Stephanie as she finds herself catapulted into Emily and her husband’s lives, getting caught up in searching into her past- and growing her vlog as she goes.
I actually really enjoyed this film, despite the random and sometimes far-fetched twists and turns. I liked how both the main characters were women- and the growing strength of Stephanie was so brilliant to watch.
The ending was so random and surreal to me, and had a corny feel because of that, but I really enjoyed this film even so. It reminded me of a much less graphic ‘Gone Girl.’ There were definitely some elements of it in ‘A Simple Favour.’
Overall I thought this film was intriguing, and the character of Emily was certainly mysterious and alluring. I liked the two main characters as characters, as they were interesting, and had a certain depth to them.
Have you watched this film? Are you a fan of Blake Lively? Would you consider giving this film a try?
Drop any comments below, I’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂
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