The new film stars Daisy Edgar-Jones, and Sebastian Stan has come out on Hulu, and it is quite the ride.
It first premiered at Sundance and blew everyone away. People couldn’t stop talking about but other than the first thirty minutes, everything else will become a spoiler.
I got up on March 4th, wondering if it is really worth all the hype.
My verdict: it is.
This is a spoiler-free review, so it will be short and sweet—the acting, top-notch from everyone. The pacing is great. You know when a film drags? This does not. It is almost two hours, and each scene felt like it was just the right length.
The film is about a young woman, Noa, who hates dating but feels like that is just what you are supposed to do. Only meeting men through dating apps, it is nauseating and frustrating. Enter a handsome stranger, Steve, who strikes up a conversation at the grocery store. Is it love? Is it lust? Is it perfect? Well, it sure seems that way.
Let’s say the opening credits don’t start until the thirty-minute mark, and that is when the real story begins. The film has a lot of foreshadowing in those first thirty minutes that become crucial throughout the rest of the film. You probably can guess what is behind this whole match, but that doesn’t ruin anything.
This is the first feature film for director Mimi Cave, and that is what I am most impressed by. The screenwriter Lauryn Kahn also did a good job telling a story about a woman just trying to survive the dating world.
Side note: I do have a theory: in the soundtrack, there are French, Spanish and English songs. Is that to represent that this problem is an international problem? The problem is dating in the modern world, and the problem that is related to the spoiler of what happens in the last ninety minutes?
I give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️ for a well-paced, thoughtfully written, well-acted, fresh (pun intended) story.
*All images from the film’s IMDb Page