A Simple Favor

Director Paul Feig managed to mix the perfect movie cocktail by combining a bold thriller with a fresh comedy and finishing it off with the perfect twist. Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively star in this delightfully dark story that dramatically portrays the ups and downs of female friendship, marriage, and life itself in a way that is original, funny, and above all, suspenseful. Stephanie (Kendrick), a perky, upbeat mommy-blogger, forms an unlikely friendship with the fashionable and mysterious Emily (Lively). All seems well until Emily vanishes, leaving Stephanie to untangle the fascinating web of Emily’s life and uncover secrets much darker than she ever imagined.

While there are some parallels to “Gone Girl” and “Girl on the Train,” this movie takes the genre of psychological thriller one (or two) steps further, and is unlike anything viewers have seen before. Audiences will immediately be drawn in by the vibrant, jaunty music, thrilled by the near perfect casting, and stunned by delightful misdirection and unforeseen events. While it may not leave viewers on the very edge of their seats, it is definitely one of the better movies of 2018 so far. Undoubtedly, it is the most original thriller to hit the big screen in a long time. Without a concrete genre, fans of thrillers, comedies, and dramas will all find something to love in this unique movie. Do yourself a simple favor and check out this new film.