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A SIMPLE FAVOR (2018) – My rating 8.5/10

A Simple Favor is a mystery thriller film,  directed by Paul Feig from a screenplay by Jessica Sharzer and based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Darcey Bell.  The film follows a small town vlogger who tries to solve the disappearance of her mysterious and rich best friend.  A very twisted plot that is a pleasant change from the all the aliens and super heroes we’ve been bombarded with lately.

Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick) is a widowed single mother who runs a mom vlog featuring crafts and recipes. During one of her sessions, she discusses an investigation, along with her feelings surrounding the disappearance of her best friend, Emily Nelson (Blake Lively). In a flashback, Emily is a busy working mother, as a PR director for a fashion company.  Emily’s son, Nicky Townsend-Nelson (Ian Ho) attends the same elementary school as Stephanie’s son, Miles Smothers (Joshua Satine).  As a result of their new, fast growing friendship, which includes having play dates for the boys, and martinis for themselves the two women became inseparable.

They traded confidential and personal information about each other, at Emily’s request.  Emily learned of a secret Stephanie held about her half brother, Chris (Dustin Milligan), which she would playfully tease Stephanie about. Emily reveals a secret about  her husband, Sean Townsend (Henry Golding), an English professor who is also pursuing a writing career that has lead to their financial detriment. One day, Emily has a work crisis and asks Stephanie to babysit Nicky after school, which she happily obliges because Sean is in London.

This is the most I can reveal about A Simple Favor because the plot is so twisted I don’t want to give anything away.  This movie is intense and exciting.  The characters are intriguing yet shallow.  The relationships between the two women was started fast and never got beyond 2 weeks.  Sometimes we find ourselves drawn into a new relationship that is going so fast, we can’t seem to control it.  We even find ourselves saying and doing things we don’t ordinarily do in order to satisfy the friendship.  At some point we make a decision as to weather the relationship is a good one or a bad one, then we either get out of it or stay in.  In the cast of Emily and Stephanie, we see that something is really stinking in Denmark.  I liked the movie but found it somewhat unbelievable.  However, you will be fully entertained as well as surprised at the final outcome.  I recommend A Simple Favor to all — Check it out!

 

THE AGE OF ADALINE (2015) – My rating: 7.5/10

TheAgeOfAdalineI was anxious to see The Age of Adaline because I am so fond of the TV series, Forever.  However, there are huge differences.  The Age of Adaline is about a young women who after being involved in a car accident, stop breathing under water but after 5 minutes is struck by lightening, which starts her heart up and stops her aging process.  From that point on, she doesn’t age.  I soon discovered that she could die, which is the major difference between this movie and Forever.  I found the story intriguing and  Blake Lively who plays Adaline Bowman to be perfect for this role.  What a life she lived and what knowledge she accumulated over 107 years of existence.    Because of her situation, she was forced to keep on the move and change her identity.  She also has a daughter Flemming (Ellen Burstyn) who looks like her grandmother.  Adaline couldn’t allow herself to have a romantic relationship but eventually falls for Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman).  The Age of Adaline is a little slow at some points but picks up and pretty much holds your attention until the end of the film.  Harrison Ford has an interesting role as a former lover who discovers Adaline’s secret.  Overall I think The Age of Adaline is interesting and entertaining.  I enjoyed it.