Flash Movie Review: Annette
THERE IS A FINE LINE BETWEEN the feelings of annoyance and hatred. I cannot say it is a rock-solid line in my world. My grocery store stopped carrying my brand of bagged spinach, so they could sell their in-house store brand. I was annoyed but bought their bag anyway. Honestly, I cannot tell the difference except their brand has more loose stems in the bag than my brand. Well now for the past 3 weeks, I open the bag and find partially decomposed pieces. I double checked but knew the bag’s expiration date had not passed. The first time this happened, I was annoyed. The same the 2nd time it happened. But now, I hate their bagged spinach and plan on going to a different grocery store just to get bagged spinach that doesn’t look like slime after you open the bag for the first time. Currently, I am getting annoyed with this store’s fresh broccoli. I do not know what is happening but the last couple of times I have brought it home and washed it, within a couple of days the florets turn dark and mushy. I have been buying broccoli for years and have never had an issue up until now. If this keeps up, I will stop buying the store’s broccoli as well. I am telling you, if they keep annoying me with food that quickly goes bad, I may decide the heck with them and buy all my groceries from a different store. SO MANY PEOPLE ARE QUICK TO JUDGE something or someone and decide they do not like it. I am guilty of this when it especially comes to food. If it doesn’t look good to me, I will not eat it. I am a texture eater; if a food dish looks like it is gelatinous, I cannot stomach even looking at it. Have you ever had food in a sauce that you saved for the next day and the sauce turned into something like an aspic? It has happened to me with some Asian dishes. It is more than an annoyance for me when I open the storage container and see pieces of food suspended in a murky jelly like substance. Do I actually hate it? I know I hate when it happens but maybe I can say I do not like the look of it, though my feelings are close to hating the stuff. Hate is a word I try not to randomly throw around on what essentially are innocuous things. I do not hate public transportation, but I hate running for a bus or train that pulls away as I am getting up to it. For the first time this year, I experienced the strongest feelings that bordered on hatred for a movie. A COMEDIAN’S AND OPERA SINGER’S RELATIONSHIP is all being viewed in the public’s eye. As the two get more serious, so does the pressure. With Adam Driver (Marriage Story, The Report) as Henry McHenry, Marion Cotilard (Angel Face, The Immigrant) as Ann Defrasnoux, Simon Helberg (Florence Foster Jenkins, Old School) as The Accompanist, relative newcomer Devyn McDowell as Annette in prison and Natalia Lafourcade (Amar no es querer, El cielo en tu mirada) as Special Guest/The Police; this dramatic musical romance tested my limits on keeping me engaged. Visually I did not mind the scenes; however, I thought almost every musical number was awful. Listening to Adam sing through the film was rough. Maybe there is some secret symbolism in the story; but with my focus being on the entertainment factor, I thought the script was a poor piece of a story that has been told time and time again. The irony here is I liked the acting; but there was nothing in this picture that I found enjoyable. To me, it was pretentious as it attempted to be “artsy.” And at 2 hours and 21 minutes, it was a long and painful waste of time.
1 ½ stars
Posted on September 2, 2021, in Drama and tagged 1 1/2 stars, adam driver, comedian, drama, marion cotilard, marriage, musical, opera, romance, simon helberg. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.
Same reaction! I went to the movie because of Adam Driver. Early on I decided it was weird and strange, and I persisted. I’m a message person when it comes to movies and yes there were a few messages there, only you had to work too hard to find them. The ending was a message from Annette. But what was the ‘robot’ Annette laying on the floor all about? Was it that she had spoken up and freed herself from the abuse of her parents? I don’t know.
Hi Mary Lou, I know it was too hard to decipher what was going on in this film. I have no idea about the robot or I thought puppet Annette. Too weird to care I am afraid. Thank you for the comments.
I will probably watch this movie just because I support film makers attempting something different when so much of the movie industry is dominated by sequels, franchies, and remakes. I admit, however, that I have been procrastinating over watching it because it feels so much like a homework assignment. Based on your review, I am right to feel that way. I am still going to give it a try at some point but cannot say that will be soon as it is not top of my To See list at all.
PS I have been having that exact same problem with spinach lately. What is going on with spinach?
OMG, you too have issues with spinach?!?!? I have no idea but it is so annoying ; I throw more away than eating it.
Good luck with watching this film; I cannot wait until you do see it. Thanks for the comments.