Judge Clark Douglas is hardly ever missed.
When life falls apart, close friends maintain it with each other.
Generating a cancer film is a difficult proposition. If you tap into anything that feels genuine and truthful, you have a likelihood to provide something extraordinarily potent (Wit, Ikiru, Terms of Endearment). If you lean also challenging on phony manipulation, you run the risk of delivering a movie that leaps beyond “undesirable” into the realm of “infuriatingly bad” (My Sister’s Keeper, The Bucket List). Catherine Hardwicke’s Miss You Currently lands squarely in the middle, offering just enough credibility to tug at your heartstrings whilst occasionally dipping a little as well far into needless melodrama.
Jess (Drew Barrymore, Fever Pitch) and Milly (Toni Collette, United States of Tara) have been inseparable close friends given that childhood. Both ladies have grown and changed a lot over the decades, but they’ve usually been there for every single other. Now, Milly is married to a former rocker (Dominic Cooper, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and has two adorable young youngsters, even though Jess is married to a great-natured oil rig worker (Paddy Considine, The World’s Finish) and has been trying to have children for a long time. Eventually, each girls obtain life-altering news: Jess has finally gotten pregnant…and Milly has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
There is a bit also a lot tidiness in the way the film contrasts the joy and sorrow in every single woman’s life (one carrying a youngster she desperately wants, the other carrying a tumor she desperately desires to get rid of), and there are a lot of small moments that feel like cutesy writerly conceits. An instance:
Considine (cooking breakfast): “Your eggs are prepared.”
Barrymore (searching at her fertility monitor): “Not according to this.”
Exchanges like that (and there are a lot of them) in no way let you overlook that you are watching a film, but Barrymore and Collette handle to overcome the mediocrity of the material and provide performances that feels authentically messy. Both women generate decent chemistry with the affable actors playing their husbands, but the lifelong friendship at the center of the film is very easily the the tale’s richest and most complicated partnership. There is some thing touchingly authentic about the the way they roll their eyes at every single other’s tics and the way they condense entire conversations into glances.
Naturally, the cancer requires a physical toll on Milly, but it also loosens her inhibitions just adequate to inspire her to make some actually foolish errors. This, in turn, requires a toll on her relationship with Jess, who repeatedly forgives the unforgivable simply because she knows what Milly is going by way of. Nonetheless, it really is only a matter of time before something has to give. “You are a cancer bully,” Jess hisses right after yet another instance of Milly making use of her illness as an easy way to win an argument. These moments of complexity go a lengthy way towards creating the far more conventionally syrupy scenes perform, as the moments of pure sweetness really feel like a welcome break from the tension.
The film’s most significant misstep comes midway through, as Milly and Jess make a decision to take a trip to Yorkshire to see where the Bronte sisters grew up (they’ve both been fans for numerous years). The sequence surely provides some gorgeous imagery, but Hardwicke’s try to bring some melodramatic Wuthering Heights-style atmosphere (total with elegant, sweeping shots of romantic landscapes) doesn’t mesh terribly nicely with the rest of the film’s tone. Additionally, this detour is anchored around a single of the film’s most unconvincing supporting characters: a dopey-but-handsome bartender ripped straight out of a Calvin Klein catalogue.
Miss You Already (Blu-ray) delivers an attractive 1080p/2.40:1 transfer. The film’s digital cinematography only stands out during the aforementioned trip to Yorkshire—significant chunks of the movie have a “polished Television film” look—but detail is strong all through, flesh tones appear natural and black levels are strong. The DTS HD five.1 Master Audio track is fairly straightforward (there are really couple of scenes that contact for complex, immersive sound design), but it gets the job done efficiently. Supplements consist of a commentary with Hardwicke, Jeff Toy and Jamie Holt, a producing-of featurette, a pair of music videos, deleted scenes, some nevertheless galleries (presented in slideshow format) and a digital copy.
Miss You Currently is an inconsistent movie, but it must be stated that it a lot more or much less does what it sets out to do: make you smile-cry a couple of instances. Cancer is a difficult point to deal with, but it’s one thing that has impacted numerous of us in very direct approaches. Regardless of my issues with portions of the movie, I was glad to see that it in the end devotes itself to supplying truthful comfort rather than artificial hope. It is definitely not the richest take I’ve ever seen on the subject, but it’s a very good-hearted film featuring a pair of fine performances.