A Simple Favor
A Simple Favor (2018) movie review
A Simple Favor stars Anna Kendrick as a typically happy single mother who befriends a mysterious woman played by Blake Lively. A Simple Favor gives the sleek and drama/thriller a modern 60s style, unfolding with the tone of Gone Girl (2014) strapped on a Pink Panther (1963) styled mystery. I’m not trying to say A Simple Favor is like either of those films, but it is pretty hard to describe. In fact, if the trailer caught your attention for its vague and almost noir approach, I would go see it knowing as little as possible like I did.
Now for anyone who doesn’t care to see it or to go into it knowing very little, A Simple Favor was a nice surprise. While it is no masterpiece, the film’s strong performances from both Kendrick and Lively make every scene they are in feel more than a little off, and that’s not a bad thing. The film plays with many tomes, from lighter moments to more serious themes, Simple Favor manages to wrap them together in an overall unsettling feel, which slowly starts to change as the film unfolds. I was ready to compare this film to Searching (2018), which I just saw on Sunday, however the film’s use of the tone, even visually and audibly, with vibrant colors and an almost light and lively score shows a very different and unique approach to a style that could have settled for typical.
Simple Favor plays on several themes well, dealing with curiosity and friendship without ever needing to make a point about any of those themes. While that defiantly leaves less than an emotional impact, it also leaves for several strong moments of character development that make you wonder how you would handle a similar situation. Even in a fashion similar to Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), the film’s characters each show depth and intrigue. The film does overreach from time to time, a few situations feel a bit forced, and I would question the rewatchability (cause that’s totally a word) of this film. Overall though, there isn’t much I disliked.
So if you are looking for a dumb violent action movie, The Predator is opening, and it’s no good if you ask me. But if you are looking for a more mature and solid light thriller that manages to stand out even if it’s not a great film, A Simple Favor is worth looking in to! 7/10
-review by Ryan Prince