“Disobedience” (2017)

All the pieces are in place for this to be a great, compelling film; a great cast, a familiar plot with potential, and interesting themes and concepts to explore. But, they just never come together. The film takes its time with its pacing, clearly going for a mature feel. But the film is exploring concepts about homosexuality that have been done before; there’s nothing really all that new added here, it’s all very surface level. As such, the slower, more thoughtful pacing, feels wasted. And if you’re going to tell a story that’s been done to death, you need to make sure that there’s something else in here that can draw the audience in. But the film’s direction is standard, the characterizations are standard, the writing thinks it’s more complex than it really is, the acting, while certainly fine, isn’t anything fantastic, and the chemistry between Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams is spotty (although there certainly are moments where their chemistry sizzles). Also, a decision made by one of the main characters near the end of the film just seems kind of out-of-character, abrupt, and wish-fulfillmenty. The result is a film that’s completely competent in every way, but is also utterly forgettable.

Rating: 2.5/5

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