Be careful when a friend asks you for a simple favor, 3.5 readers. You never know when it might come back to bite you in the ass.
BQB here with a review of “A Simple Favor.”
Holy crap, 3.5 readers. Holy freaking crap. This was such a good movie. It’s so cool when you go into a movie, not having heard much about it and it turns out to be a real nail biter. I really recommend it. Go see it now.
Let’s get into it.
Anna Kendrick is Stephanie, a super mom. She bakes those cupcakes. She does all those volunteer jobs for her son’s school. She even has her own mommy vlog where she records videos full of tips to help mothers become the best mothers they can possibly be.
Meanwhile, Blake Lively is Emily, a rich, powerful business woman, an expert at making money but at mothering? Not so much.
Long story short, the moms meet when their boys have a play date and become unlikely friends. Stephanie is an awkward goody two shoes. Emily swears and drinks like a sailor. Somehow they put their differences aside and compliment each other.
Alas, chaos ensues when Emily asks Stephanie for a simple favor. She asks Stephanie to pick up her son at school and babysit him for the evening because she is swamped at work…and then she never comes back.
Thus, it’s up to Stephanie to solve the mystery of her friend’s disappearance.
If this is a spoiler, then so be it. I’ll shout it out now. SPOILER! Look away.
The cool thing about this movie is for the most part, it is a heart pounding mystery thriller, somewhat in the style of “Gone Girl.” Where’s the girl? What happened to her?
Then, at some points, it moves from seriousness and provides laugh out loud humor. Much of this is at the expense of Anna Kendrick, who is often featured in comedies as the sweet, naïve type and she excels at this here as a fish out of water, a super mom who just wanted to make a friend and now she’s thrust into a world of murder and intrigue. She engages in a lot of self deprecating humor to get her through.
Meanwhile, we see an evil side of Blake and her evil comes out in scary ways but also in funny ways.
I have no idea how to explain it other than picture a movie that goes from being an edge of your seat mystery to all of a sudden it’s like something you’d see on SNL and then it’s back to being a serious mystery again.
Doesn’t make sense? You’ll just have to go see it and get back to me. I’ll give it this. It’s very original and I give Hollywood kudos for greenlighting a movie that doesn’t make sense on paper but scores points in the execution.
STATUS: Shelf-worthy. Not gonna lie. Blake and Anna have both provided me with many a boner over the years, so much so that I’ll probably buy this movie when it comes out on demand just so I can use it as fapping material. Sorry. I just ruined my review but hey, it’s scary, it’s mysterious, it’s funny, and you can also fap to it.
FUN SIDE NOTE: While I was in the theater, there’s a part where the Blakester is going full out evil scary mode and at the same time, a woman in the theater roughly the same size and shape as Blake tripped and fell (not really fell but sort of stumbled down the stairs) and it scared the crap out of me and a bunch of other movie watchers as I think we all thought it was some kind of scary interactive shit or something.