Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Now on Netflix: Lovesong (2017)

Lovesong (2017) - Directed by So Yong Kim; Written by Bradley Rust Gray, So Yong Kim; Starring Riley Keough, Jena Malone, Brooklyn Decker, Amy Seimetz.

By Kenny Howell

Riley Keough is outstanding in an otherwise underwhelming movie about a friendship/romance of two women.

Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road) plays a young mother named Sarah who is often left alone with her daughter while her husband is off working. To alleviate some of that pressure of basically being a single parent, she invites her best friend Mindy, played by Jena Malone (Inherent Vice), to visit with them.

While together, they have a really intimate connection that takes their relationship a little deeper, which forces Mindy to run away.

A few years later, Mindy is getting married so Sarah and her daughter drive to Nashville for the wedding. There, pressures of getting married forces Mindy back to Sarah. The two rekindle what they had a few years back, but Mindy's wedding is just right around the corner.

Keough has been excellent in several things in her young career, but this might be her best work. Her role on The Girlfriend Experience is a bit cold and distant, on purpose, but this is the most human I have seen her, and she is delightful. She is so natural on screen its hard to catch her acting, she is just being the role. It unfortunately will not be recognized by big awards shows, partially because of the size of the movie, and the rest of the movie around her, but it deserves the notice. However, she is an actress that is hot right now, so luckily we will get to see a lot more of her the next few years.

As far as the rest of movie, I don't think it ever really establishes that connection between Sarah and Mindy. I never really wanted to pull for them to be together because I never felt like they really were in love. That's tough when your movie surrounds that central story. I just don't think they had the chemistry needed. Even with the work that Keough did, which at least elevates it to something worthwhile.

Lovesong is now streaming on Netflix:

Rating: **1/2

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