Last Night: Movie Review

[Rating: 2.5]

Cast: Keira Knightley, Eva Mendes, Sam Worthington, Guillaume Canet, Griffin Dunne

Director: Massy Tadjedin

Synopsis: The story follows a married couple; trying to resist extra marital temptation while apart.

Review: While there are many things about the film that are very real, but it is not really an interesting film as a whole, at least not for the ones who like past faced drama. Personally I like slow films, because they take time to pause and reflect; and they give the audience the time to do so as well.

 “Last Night” is a slowly unfolding drama about a married couple, who have the opportunity to cheat. Will they or won’t they give in to temptation is left to be seen. While Joanna (Keira Knightley) is a freelance writer, Michael‘s (Sam Worthington) job involves a lot of travelling. Michael has to travel for a business meeting along with sexy co-worker played by Eva Mendes, Joanna bumps into an ex-flame. Through the events of one night, we watch their internal battles about the all important ‘to cheat or not to cheat’.

Grown-up relationships generally involve the determination to stay loyal. Yes, the perception by and large is, that cheating is very sensual and illustriously wild, but in most real relationships; it’s not. The thought of cheating is just as regular as love, romance, and other such emotions. The difference only lies in the action, whether or not you give in to or encourage such feelings. Keira and Sam do justice to their characters and make for a likeable and mature pair, battling these feelings. 

The internal indecision the 2 leads face is believable and brilliantly handled. What you get from the film at the end of it all is -> marriage and romance are 2 different things, and they do not necessarily have to co-exist. Well, at least not over a consistent period of time. Hence the treatment of the film is rare because it’s non-judgmental, which I think takes a mature mind to understand and appreciate. 

 So, yes, overall, the point the director tries to make is portrayed well.  I only wish that point was made in a manner that wasn’t so dull. Somewhere in the middle where the protagonist are still struggling with the ‘to cheat or not to cheat’ decision, you literally feel like telling them ‘oh come on, get it over with already’. Pace therefore becomes problematic. But the surprise ending makes up for that, in a way. The delicate and true to reality treatment make it a very good watch for a mature audience, but a little too delicate for most people’s sensibilities. But let’s face it; reality isn’t that amusing, not unless you are Charlie Sheen. 

Verdict: Strictly for the mature cinemagoer. 

Malvika Rao

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