Last Night

29 Jan

Director: Massy Tadjedin

Writer: Massy Tadjedin

Stars: Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington and Eva Mendes

Motion Picture Rating: R

Runtime: 93 minutes

 

 

Even beautiful, young and successful people have to work at marriage. That’s the most obvious message coming from this examination of relationships, trust, guilt and hidden feelings. It stars Keira Knightley (Joanna) and Sam Worthington (Michael) as a New York based couple 2 years into their marriage and struggling. The catalyst for their troubles is a party where Joanna observes Michael overly at ease in the company of his attractive and attentive work colleague Laura (Eva Mendes).

This film has a very simple story, but gets up and running quickly. The subject matter is hardly original, but it is dealt with evenly and in a sincere manner. If it were a European film it would most likely run for much longer and be more melodramatic. In this instance the short runtime and non-showy acting serve the story well. Joanna and Michael’s story grabs the attention and holds it just about through to the end as both characters are tempted to stray (Michael with Laura and Joanna with her French ex boyfriend Alex played by Guillaume Canet).

Overall this is a decent film. It is honest, sincere and the acting is generally solid from the small cast. Michael’s thin character and coincidentally Worthington’s one-dimensional acting are its weakest point. Keira Knightley, a generally underrated actress, is very good in the richer part. Some of the dialogue and some of the situations in Last Night are contrived, but it is mostly believable, interesting and easy to watch.

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