Movie evaluate: Alice, Darling finds Anna Kendrick pushing the envelope


I used to be going to say that it’s all the time enjoyable to look at a performer play in opposition to sort, however that’s not precisely true.

Alice, Darling

isn’t enjoyable, however it’s intensely fascinating. And the reason being Anna Kendrick, ditching her ditzy comedian persona (as seen in

Pitch Excellent

, and as heard in


) in favour of a darker character, a girl in an abusive relationship.

Alice initially claims that her boyfriend, Simon (Charlie Carrick), is merely needy and overprotective, although when somebody says of their associate that “he doesn’t damage me or something, you understand,” you understand one thing else is occurring.

One other crimson flag is that when Alice is invited to a cottage getaway by two of her pals (Kaniehtiio Horn, Wunmi Mosaku), she practices after which delivers to Simon a lie about an out-of-town work occasion. Even at that, he’s obsessively texting and calling whereas she’s away. And as soon as her façade of normalcy tumbles, it’s a fast collapse, from telling her pals that “he wouldn’t love me if he knew how dangerous I’m” to confiding: “I don’t wish to go dwelling.”

Alice, Darling

is a primary characteristic from Mary (daughter of Invoice) Nighy, and it’s confidently shot in a manner that places us near its fundamental character, and virtually instantly fearful for her. Although I needed to marvel how the movie would have performed out if we hadn’t seen Simon being emotionally abusive in quite a few flashbacks, and needed to come to that realization extra steadily, alongside Alice’s involved pals.

Additionally, a subplot a couple of seek for a lacking girl within the space across the cottage feels each narratively too on the nostril, and a little bit of padding that by no means fairly pans out. That mentioned, the movie stays a strong assertion about abuse, a calling card from its director that guarantees extra nice work forward, and a reminder (alongside the wonderful 2018 thriller

A Easy Favour

) that Kendrick has the appearing chops to do greater than smile and sing.

Alice, Darling opens Feb. 3 on demand and in Toronto and Montreal, and Feb. 10 in Vancouver.

3 stars out of 5

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