Italian Studies Movie Review

Written and Directed by Adam Leon
Starring Vanessa Kirby, David Ajala and Annika Wahlsten
Score by Nicholas Britell
Plot: A writer loses her memory. Adrift in NYC, she connects with a group of teenagers – in conversations both real and imagined – and searches for a way home.

I can’t believe we have reached the new year and my list of 2022 movies begins. Today, I review the brand new Vanessa Kirby film, Italian Studies.

The movie opens as we meet Alina Reynolds (Vanessa Kirby), who asks someone for a cigarette, this person knows who Alina is, but Alina seems lost in who she is and unaware of what is going on.

Upon meeting a kid, she begins to wander around New York City to find the girl she ran into asking for the cigarette. I loved the somewhat aimlessly wandering around done here with the camera work and Alina. She is unaware of what is around her and who she is, which makes her so confused and how they shoot it engulfs the viewer.

As the movie progressed, I grew more and more impressed with the film’s score and came to find out that Nicholas Brittel was the one who composed the film. Brittel is one of/if not the best in the game right now and his score in this film was beautiful.

Structurally the movie seemed like a bit of a mess and while I think Adam Leon did that on purpose, putting us in the shoes of Alina, but the tone is wonky, the structure was rough. It didn’t consistently keep your interest enough to emotionally attach myself to the story. I struggled caring, which made Alina’s arc not fulfilling enough.

Vanessa Kirby did what I thought she could do within the role, but I never felt like she could fully be the type of actress she is because of the writing. I thought she had a solid first act when the first notion of the loss of memory kicked in, but the meandering around for the next hour didn’t feel like it was necessary.

Overall the film felt like it had a message that wasn’t clear on what it wanted to convey. I think that Adam Leon’s script was missing something that needed to tie this story together a bit more. The hook at the beginning reeled is in but as the film move

The Verdict: C+

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