You know that guy Paul Feig, the dude who has directed all them comedy films like Spy, Bridesmaids and Ghostbusters (the new one), well his newest film is a bit different. It’s a thriller film. It’s like Gone Girl meets Taylor Swift; there’s a big mystery but it’s super extra.
Anna Kendrick is a super sweet, over the top do-gooder mum who befriends a chill, workaholic, style queen Blake Lively. It’s a complete contrast in mums but they form a friendship. Then one day Blake vanishes whilst Anna is looking after her kid. We know it’s not Blake’s boyfriend, Henry Golding because he’s in London looking after his mum. 5 days pass and then they find her in her lake, dead. Anna gets a little too close to her dead best friends husband AS YOU DO and then starts receiving mysterious phone calls from her dead best friend WHAT. So Anna does a bit of swooping about. You know, just the usual; breaking into her works office, visiting Blake’s ex, taking advantage of her dead best friends mum who has severe alzheimer's AS YOU DO. She finds out she’s got a twin WHAT. Blake comes back from hiding. She killed her twin. She then sets up her husband even though he’s done nothing wrong apart from sleeping with his dead wife’s best friend on the day you buried your wife AS YOU DO. Then we’ve got the big climax. Anna brings a gun to her boyfriend/dead (now not dead) best friends (probably not friends now as she slept with the hubby) and confronts the pair of them. Then there’s a bluff, then there’s a double bluff, then a triple bluff, a quadruple bluff and then the ending, I think. There might be another bluff.
It’s a good film, Paul Feig does his usual of showing strong women in his films who don’t have to just talk about men. This is a film about women and men are pretty weak in this film, it’s the women who rule the screen in this one. Anna Kendrick is pretty darn scary in it. Not least because of how cringe and nice she is, but how quickly she can turn it round and become quite psychotic. Blake Lively is rather bad-ass but again when it gets serious its quite shocking to see how it all plays out. A problem I found is that the comedy takes away the seriousness of the film. At times the film is very dark but the comedy, that normally works so well in Paul Feig doesn’t in a thriller. Spy films such as Spy, goes well with comedy, Archer and Johnny English two examples. The Heat, cop buddy comedy film, Turner and Hooch and Rush Hour. But thriller films, unless it’s a parody I don’t see how it works and in A Simple Favour it doesn’t. Which lets it down massively, because the film, when dark and serious works really well. But when it tries to be too funny feels like a dramedy. The ending really sums up my whole point here. The film is really let down by this ending which to me, seems like they didn't know how to end it, or didn’t want to so just made multiple plot points in the hope of confusing the audience. It’s a shame because if they stuck with one idea, and done one twist it would've made a whole better ending, and therefore a smoother film.
3/53 out of 5 may sound a bit harsh but the ending massively lets it down, it’s so extra and tries to hard too be a hybrid film. If they stuck to it being very dark the whole way through with a few comedy elements it probably would've worked. Alas, they did not. Ergo, the 3.