A Simple Favor: Five Reasons You’ll Love It
Best-known for riotous comedies such as Bridesmaids and The Heat, Paul Feig’s latest film is something a little different to the type of fare we’ve come to expect from the director.
A Simple Favor is an adaptation of Darcey Bell’s novel of the same name and stars Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively as two women whose unlikely friendship soon spirals into something much darker.
With Feig’s tense new thriller landing in UK cinemas today (Thursday September 20th) we caught a screening and rounded up five reasons why we think you’ll love it…
Its leading ladies are both on top form
Both Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively deliver really enjoyable performances here and the tense, odd couple anti-chemistry between Kendrick’s bookish single-mum vlogger Stephanie and Lively’s icy city slicker Emily is the key factor that really makes Feig’s movie tick.
Their supporting cast isn’t too shabby either
Although the vast majority of the film’s story revolves around Kendrick, Lively and Henry Golding (in the role of Emily’s husband Sean), there are some very good value contributions from the supporting cast too, with Rupert Friend’s pompous fashion designer Dennis and Andrew Rannells’ wonderfully camp Darren being particular highlights.
There’s much more to both the main characters than meets the eye
It’s pretty obvious from the get-go that Emily is an intensely private person and obviously someone harbouring more than a few secrets, but even if Stephanie appears far less worldly, it soon emerges there’s much more to her and one of the joys of the film is watching both characters’ layers being slowly peeled away, becoming more and more intriguing the deeper the story takes you.
It has more twists and turns than a theme park ride
The film has earned comparisons to David Fincher’s taut thriller Gone Girl and it’s easy to see why. It should be noted that this is a very different beast from Fincher’s film and there are an improbable amount of laughs for film with so many dark undercurrents, but the storyline really keeps you guessing right through to the film’s climactic final scene.
It shows there’s more to Paul Feig than straight-up comedy
Nobody could blame the director for wanting to try something different after the torrents of unwarranted grief he received over his all-female Ghostbusters reboot, but in any case Feig really doesn’t have anything left to prove in the comedy genre and it’s nice to see him branching out. On this evidence he clearly has a lot more to offer and even if A Simple Favor doesn’t always nail the high-wire act between comedy and suspense, it still very, very entertaining and thoroughly gripping.