This film was a wonderful surprise. From the first trailer I was all in so I ended up not following anything more after that because I was going to see the film regardless and to be honest I did not want to spoil anything. The film ended up being different than what was advertised. Thrill had a great mystery at hand and then it introduced comedy at some points. I didn’t think it would work but it worked out really well for the overall tone and pacing of the film.
With Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively heading up this film it had girls night out written all over it. However, their chemistry was so genuine and raw that this duo need to do more together. It was nice to see Lively step out of her comfort zone and take on this role which I have not seen her play before and she nailed it. I have not been surprised by an actress switching gears from the girl next door since Jennifer Aniston was in Horrible Bosses.
The plot has some twists and turns that are hard to see coming and you get lost in the story. The film is dark but at the same time shows some vulnerability to each of the characters as well as a nice game of cat and mouse, or chess, if you prefer. It’s something very different from Paul Feig. However, this film does rely heavily on the chemistry of our leading ladies.
Cinema Wise gives A Simple Favor a 3.75 out of 5 for its pacing, overall story, and cast. A must see, well worth the price of admission, and will also be great for multiple viewings.