Miss You Already
I have recently watched Miss You Already. IMDB gives it 6.8 / 10, which, I think, it’s not just. This is a very good movie.
Apparently, people consider it some chick movie, and, maybe, at a first glance it is rightly so. Leads are female, and so are director Catherine Hardwick and writer Morwenna Banks; subjects are fertility and breast cancer; some awesome shoes appear in the movie as well. But since when being a chick movie implies a bad movie? Talking about discrimination.
Long story short, Miss You Already is about the friendship between Milly (Toni Collette) and Jess (Drew Barrymore) and follows them though teens, adulthood, marriage, parenthood.
The relationship between Milly and Jess is verosimile: one is expansive and flashy, the other one is more to herself kind of person. Chemistry between Collette and Barrymore is credible. Against intuition and past performances, this time Collette is the energetic force, while Barrymore is the element of equilibrium.
Collette performs admirably. After having seen her in Little Miss Sunshine, I had never imagined she could be so sexy and provocative. Make no mistake: Milly is no femme fatale, but a beautiful sexual woman, whose vanity is subtly disguised in job requirements. The character develops frantically under dramatic auspices, and Collette makes for a great recipient of all those complex feelings Milly goes through. She is feminine, without being hysteric or weak, hilarious without being ridiculous, and strong without being rough.
All the turmoil Milly goes through is carefully rooted in Jess’ reality and routine life struggles. There is not much to say about Barrymore’s performance, except that it antagonised Collette quite well, allowing for the latter to develop and shine.
I don’t remember having laughed and cried at a movie simultaneously. Not till now, anyway. Miss You Already does that to you. It’s dramatic spiced with enough humour that Netflix would consider it comedy. It’s brutally amusing when you’d expect to cry. Although a sad story altogether, it presents things like cancer or couple drama in a more cheerful light. And this is the kind of attitude that I, personally, aspire to when in trouble.