Ricky’s Review Roundup: The Weekend Away & After Yang

The Weekend Away

Director: Kim Farrant
Writer: Sarah Alderson
Based on the book: The Weekend Away by Sarah Alderson
Cast: Leighton Meester, Christina Wolfe, Ziad Bakri, Luke Norris,
Logline: A weekend getaway to Croatia goes awry when a woman (Leighton Meester) is accused of killing her best friend (Christina Wolfe) and her efforts to get to the truth uncover a painful secret.

The film follows Beth (Leighton Meester), who traveled across the country to hang out with her friend Kate (Christina Wolfe) and get out of the house for the first time since having her baby. Unfortunately, things aren’t going well for Beth at home, so it was easy for Kate to convince her to go out on the town, which leads to her waking up alone without a memory of what happened and Kate is missing.

Beth, who can’t recall anything that happened, struggles to get the help needed to find her friend. However, upon finding out her best friend is dead, a massive twist happens that you don’t see coming that changes the course of the entire movie.

You know, I was incredibly impressed by this little thriller. Sure it was hokey at times and it was a little overacted. But Meester is really good and the twist are actually unpredictable. So, overall, I think you should check it out.

The Verdict: C+

After Yang

Writer/Director: Kogonada
Cast: Colin Farrell, Jodie Turner-Smith, Justin H. Min, Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja, Sarita Choudhury, Clifton Collins Jr., and Haley Lu Richardson
Plot: In a near future, a family reckons with questions of love, connection, and loss after their A.I. helper unexpectedly breaks down.

I had missed this several times at Sundance as I had heard nothing but good things regarding the film and was finally excited to sit down and watch it. Collin Farrell paired with Jodie Turner-Smith, I was all in.

The opening dance sequence is one of the best openings of any film I’ve seen in a long time. It was truly incredible. The tone shifts fast as an adopted android they purchased Yang has issues and consequences in hopes of either getting him fixed or attempting to get a new one. So, after Jake (Farrell) finds out that Yang might have a chip in him that could expose the corporate jumbo behind the scenes.

The emotional attachment that we feel with Jake stems from our own feelings. We all struggle to put the right things first in our lives and sometimes, like Jake, we lose people because of the lack of attention we may not give as we get caught up in this world.

Farrell is very good in this role as he shows that he is a highly underrated film. The way we watch him struggle to realize that he is on the verge of losing it all was some excellent acting. We connect to Jake because of Farrell and because we can see someone or even ourselves in Jake. Sometimes we just want that little attention that can go a long way, or sometimes we don’t give that attention. I loved the questions that the director Kogonada put in our heads of self-reflection that made us ask ourselves if we are doing enough with the ones we love.

The story within After Yang is thought-provoking and sincere, but the execution doesn’t always land and that is why the movie is not as good as it could’ve been. Nevertheless, it’s worth watching because of the Kogonada vision, Farrell’s performance and that heartbreaking score from Aska (which I hope to own on vinyl one day).

The Verdict: B-

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