Together (2021) [⭐⭐⭐⭐]

Together (2021) [⭐⭐⭐⭐]

By trumanrose | mainichi | 19 Sep 2021


Together (2021) is a British comedy movie written by Dennis Kelly and directed by Stephen Daldry. The story is about a couple that hates each other but is forced to stay together with their kid, Artie, during the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK.

The film technique is really interesting because the two main characters are constantly talking to the audience by breaking the fourth wall. It almost felt like watching a YouTube vlog to me because it felt just like I was in the house with them, doing an interview or participating in their banter. To some, it may feel a bit claustrophobic considering the set doesn't take place anywhere else aside from their house, and at the same time, it effectively traps your attention by watching them talk to you eye-to-eye.

I honestly wouldn't have watched this if not for James McAvoy. When you read the summary, it looks cheap and just riding on the pandemic situation to gain some attention but I figured if he was in it, this might be more than that. That's how I judge movies, folks.

I liked the movie a lot although I feel like I would've appreciated it better if I were more informed about the pandemic situation in the UK. If you're not familiar, as I was, I'd advise getting a quick overview on how the pandemic affected the UK and maybe arm yourself with background information about their government. But in the end, I'm confident you'll enjoy it as much as I did even without the homework.

I felt that the movie was trying to send a message to both citizens and the government body. For the citizens, I appreciated how they expressed basically what most of the people felt when the pandemic hit the entire world: stressed and confused, and misled by the poor judgment of the higher authorities. For the government, it's about them not taking decisions regarding the health of the community seriously, even with lots of scientific groups shouting their advice on how to contain the virus. The best scene I had was one monologue explaining the term "exponential growth" because "exponential" is often translated as "really quick" even though it's not that simple.

Give this movie a shot. It's very relatable, funny, honest, and maybe even makes you tear up a bit.

 

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