Small Screen Reviews
A Simple Favour Review
What’s It About?
Simple and homely mum Stephanie Smothers is dazzled when the sultry, sexy and successful mum Emily Nelson befriends her, presumably for free babysitting. But when Emily asks Stephanie to pick her son up from school one day, before disappearing – a mystery presents itself…
Who’s In It?
Anna Kendrick (Up In The Air, The Accountant, Pitch Perfect 1-3,
Blake Lively (Gossip Girl, The Town, The Shallows)
Other notables include:
Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians)
Director: Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy, Ghostbusters)
Paul Feig, a talented director with suits to match, is without doubt a great champion of female leads. Following the smash Bridesmaids, he has subsequently delivered The Heat with Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, Spy with Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne and Miranda Hart, then Ghostbusters with McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, and now he has delivered this sophisticated thriller fronted by Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively.
Kendrick plays Stephanie Smothers, an over-enthusiastic and slightly needy mum, who runs her own food blog. Surprised and delighted to be befriended by the sassy, sexy, successful and carefree Emily Nelson, Smothers is blissfully unaware that she may be being used for childcare, swept up by this seemingly inspirational woman. When Nelson asks a simple favour from Smothers to collect her son from school, Smothers thinks nothing of it. But when Nelson disappears without trace, Smothers and Nelson’s husband file a missing person’s report. But there is more to her absence than meets the eye...
The film certainly looks stunning, with two wonderful performances from Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively, and admirable support from Crazy Rich Asian’s Henry Golding, while Feig manages to walk the tightrope between thriller and comedy surprisingly well. One too many twists and turns proves to be the slight undoing of the film, but it is nonetheless a thrilling and engaging watch.
In A Nutshell:
A slick, suspenseful and sophisticated thriller, with great leads but a slightly over-elaborate plot.
Release date: 21/01/2019