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Movie Review – A Simple Favor


A SIMPLE FAVOR, directed by Paul Feig, centers around Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a mommy vlogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily’s (Blake Lively) sudden disappearance from their small town.
Release date: 21 September 2018 (Nigeria)
Director: Paul Feig
Box office: 97.5 million USD
Screenplay: Jessica Sharzer
Story by: Darcey Bell


There was something so nice, cute and natural about the chemistry (what’s the opposite of bromance?) between Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick in this movie, that it has the possibility of making you smile or chuckle at the awkwardness of how opposite yet perfectly believably real, they were, with each other as best friends🤦🏾‍♀️ (Plus wasn’t it such a plot twist that they shared some sort of intimacy too?)

Anyway, so Anna Kendrick acts as awkward mummy (it’s so cute and funny😂), who finds out that her best friend of a few weeks, Emily, (Blake Lively) has suddenly gone missing, only to *eventuarry realized that the so called best friend wasn’t anything close to the person she got to hang out with.

Like Duh! Lol, do we even really get to know people enough to call them best friends, in just a few weeks?

Anyhoo, after Blake Lively gets missing, is where the storyline starts to lose me, and starts getting confusing instead.

Because it just goes from funny, cute, “oh I could watch this blossoming friendship all day” to, letting us stare in awe at Blake Lively’s awesome fashion sense and beauty, to uhhhh, wait what is happening???

Probably has to partly do with the costuming, or unconvincing time pace of the movie; as if the whole movie happened within a year or weeks, but…..

Almost like Blake’s disappearance from the movie, makes you eventually wonder okay so what’s remaining in the storyline? And even though Anna Kendrick’s performances still carry the movie forward, the plot stops making sense and the movie becomes very emotionally fast-paced.

One minute Blake disappears, next minute Anna Kendrick and Blake’s husband start to fall for each other (????), the next we are solving a mystery of her disappearance with Anna, wondering why she’s sharing so damn much with her vlog watchers (when she even kinda seems like a suspect herself), and then you practically start wondering if everyone is a suspect, including Blake’s husband, or like does the movie intend for us to feel suspiscious or??? Wo!

Even after watching the movie a second time, I still couldn’t decide on a lot of things or what to feel, because the storyline just felt a bit rushed and all over the place. So much happened at once.

Blake’s husband didn’t do much for me (I mean asides being a hottie and the guy from Crazy Rich Asians), even the little boy casted as Blake’s son, both of them weren’t able to really emotionally interprete the roles. (Don’t call me an agbaya I know he’s just a kid ☹ but)

Which is why I mean I don’t even know what to say again, except that I’d probably say you could do me a simple favor by watching the movie too, and then coming to tell me what you think about it.

Nonetheless, I think the movie could definitely have been more and had the tendency of becoming something way bigger than it ended up being, and I wish the script just let the movie build its momentum gradually.

It would have been unforgettable!

That, I am certain of!

P.S I absolutely love the “Brotherfucker” scene 😂, and the scene where Blake shows off the versatility of her pinstriped suit, while taking it off. 🔥🔥🔥(the outfit she wore when we first got introduced to her character).

Infact the scenes where we just got to see Blake’s fashion sense/costumes, DOPE!

Also, it’s worthy of note to mention the detail of the movie using a Hijabi teacher. Different!

Rating – 4/10



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