Stephanie is a single mother with a parenting vlog who befriends Emily, a secretive upper-class woman who has a child at the same elementary school. When Emily goes missing, Stephanie takes it upon herself to investigate.
A Simple Favour was not at all what I expected. I’m not sure what I expected exactly, but it wasn’t this… I guess I thought I was going in to a comedy – something fairly light hearted. Instead I was happy to discover a quality mystery, and while I awaited the obvious twists towards the end, they didn’t come.
This film is intriguing and fairly unpredictable overall. Based upon the novel by Darcey Bell, with a screenplay by Jessica Sharzer, I found A Simple Favour to be quite refreshing viewing in a cinematic climate that is heavy on reboots, remakes, sequels and superhero over-saturation.
Directed by the incredibly talented Paul Feig, and starring the always perfect (and my current celebrity crush) Anna Kendrick and the stunning Blake Lively – in a role that is somewhat different for her – this film is very well executed. From the script to the cinematography and direction, to the cast themselves, it is right on point.
At nearly two hours in length, it’s well paced with ACTUAL character and story development – and with some subtle comedy sprinkled throughout, it really helps to lighten the mystery/thriller tone.
Absolutely worth a viewing.
Review by Rick Trewin