The Movie: 8/10
A mommy vlogger looking for his mysterious friend finds a lot of dark things lurking in her past. It sounds like a tagline, but it is what the movie is about. A seemingly squeaky clean mommy befriends a boisterous bold woman who is basically the yin to her yang. I really enjoyed this movie, the performances, the story, the characters, the style of it, it just really made for a great movie watching experiences all around. It has some goofy moments that bring it down a couple of times, like one liner jokes from very very peripheral characters who need not even exist, but other than that it’s one of my favorites of 2018.
Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively, awesome combination. I could watch them both all day. They both commit to their characters in ways that make them seem lovable and deplorable at the same time. You can dislike Lively’s mothering style, but you gotta appreciate her forward approach. You can whence at Kendrick’s apologies and sweeter than sweet demeanor, but then you have to admire her cleverness and determination.
The story is one of those “peel the layers of the onion” type with mystery after mystery being revealed as you go along. It worked, it kept me interested and invested in the two women all the way through. I cared about what happened to them, and that’s not always something I can say in most movies.
Overall the look of the movie and the commitment of the performers to their characters all came together to make an excellent movie I would watch again in a few months, also not something I say about most movies.
- 3 Audio Commentaries
- 8 Featurettes (65 Minutes) – Pretty much every aspect of the movie is explored here from location scouting to onset interviews with cast and crew.
- Gag Reel (3 Minutes) – Hi jinks with cast and crew.
- Deleted Scenes (11 Minutes) – With optional director commentary from Paul Feig.
- Flash Mob – An alternate ending with intro by Paul Feig.
- 4kUHD, Blu-ray & UV Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 8/10
A Simple Favor comes to 4K courtesy of Lionsgate and a 2160P AVC transfer in the 2.00:1 aspect ratio. Weirdly this is a different presentation than the one featured on the Blu-ray version which appears to have a different aspect ratio and has some issues with color banding. The transfer here is very crisp and shadow detail is superb. HDR is used sparingly but gives a nice boost to daylight scenes.
The Dolby TrueHD 7.1 track here showcases the awesome French soundtrack and has some nice surround activity. Dialog which is what the film lives and dies on is very central and easy to understand even when the music swells. Overall A Simple Favor is a very good presentation watch the 4K version if you have the means.
Overall Score 8/10