A Simple Favor (2018)

Originally released September 14th 2018

Plot synopsis

Essentially, the two main characters are Emily Nelson (Blake Lively) and Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick) and they are seemingly polar opposites. Despite this, the two become increasingly close and they begin to confide in each other but things get messy when one day Emily calls Stephanie and asks for ‘a simple favor’–picking her son up from school and watching him until she can come home from work. Days pass and Stephanie grows worried, and an investigation is opened about the missing person that is Emily Nelson. More and more is revealed throughout the movie and every time you think you understand what happened to Emily, you are sorely mistaken. There are so many intricacies in this plot, layers and sublayers to the characters and their relationships. Despite spoiler warnings being implied, I don’t want to reveal what is revealed in the film since I think it impacts the audience more if they are left in the dark.

My thoughts

Since the movie came out I have wanted to watch it but I completely forgot it existed as more and more time passed between the release and present day. It’s a fun watch, Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick are a dynamic duo that really works well together but truth be told, it didn’t live up to the expectations I had when starting the film. It wasn’t a bad movie, but it became a bit predictable and fell short from the true mystery thriller that I thought it would be. In fact, this movie actually made me want to watch The Age of Adaline (2015) because it has that same feeling to it, and I think this has become Lively’s niche in film. She thrives in settings of mystery, where not everything is as they seem. I’ve added The Age of Adaline to my list of movies to watch.

Has anyone seen A Simple Favor? What did you guys think of it? I also wanted to take a moment and thank all of my new subscribers, I really appreciate it!