Director: Massy Tadjedin
Starring: Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington and Eva Mendes
Runtime: 90 mins
Last Night is possibly the best film I have seen this year. I feel upset that hardly anyone I know has heard about it. But then again some of the best things are kept secret. However, I want to lift the lid on this overlooked 90-minute film. Especially as I would bet that for even the most loved-up of couples this movie will stir emotions that you may not have felt for years.
The story’s main focus is on a young married couple, Joanna and Michael Reed, (Knightley and Worthington) and starts with a stylish New York work party. This first scene exposes some painful truths to Joanna about Michaels new work colleague, Laura (Eva Mendes). The next day and night splits the couple and sets them each on dramatic separate journeys. How will Michael react on a business trip with this colleague he’s attracted to? Meanwhile his wife encounters her past love, Alex Mann (Guillaume Canet) which really spices things up with sexual tension.
To quickly skim over the cast members, I will proclaim my dislike for the permanently pouting Keira Knightley. And yet I found myself being most endeared to her character and her predicaments. When you look at the characters ability to pull at your heart strings, her portrayal is the most gripping. Alex Mann, her old flame, is played by relatively unknown French actor Guillaume Canet (but you might recognise him from The Beach), and once again displays how well the casting has been considered in this movie. The script, although in some areas a little too romantic rather than raw drama, is still very good. You can literally sympathise with all characters, even during their moments of weakness and wrong doings.
The film fits the category of romantic drama, but it leaves a bad taste in your mouth. It presents the viewer with the basic highs and lows felt in all relationships. It verges on being similar to Closer staring Jude Law, but is more concise in its delivery. Do not watch this movie expecting conclusions or to be overly satisfied with its ending. The movie is ultimately about love, but is certainly not a cushiony romantic film.
Though not quite a five star production, it only just falls short. Like previously stated, do not expect a jolly watch as it does contain so many painful truths to relationships but this is exactly why it is brilliant. The cast, script, setting, and cinematography are perfect. It is not an overly sugar coated or big budget movie, but provides great food for thought. The trailer and cast line up appear to depict a movie of beautiful people, however it accurately exposes the bitter sweet reality human interaction entails.
This journey leaves you full of thought. I suggest you watch it with a close friend – with a partner you might be faced with some personal questions after about your past relationships or work colleagues! The ending is spot on and sharp. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.