I love Sony Picture Classics as they do a great job of turning out some incredible films. Today I review their latest film in Mothering Sunday.
Directed by: Eva Husson
Written by: Alice Birch
Cast: Odessa Young, Josh O’Connor, Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù, Patsy Ferran, Glenda Jackson, Olivia Colman, and Colin Firth
Logline: The story takes place on Mother’s Day in 1924. Mr. and Mrs. Evan give their housekeeper, Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young), the day off, as the couple are set to go to their neighbour’s house to celebrate his engagement. The truth is Jane and the neighbour, Paul, have been having an affair for many years.
Mothering Sunday is in theaters now
One of the first things that stands out when watching this movie is the period structure around the film. From the production to the costume to the score, it set you right in this era to make it feel authentic. I love this era and being able to relive it in this film was beautiful.
Mothering Sunday has some issues within the script that make the film’s pacing feel off. Because of this, you weave in and out of a story (ourselves) without total investment in what is happening. However, you have incredible performances from Odessa Young and Josh O’Connor that keep things at least interesting. These two have dynamic chemistry together.
The biggest MVP of this film was Morgan Kibby and her incredible score of this film. My goodness, it was a character of its own throughout the entire movie. I loved every minute of it.
The film suffers from a little bit of a slow start. However, once that middle of the second act kicks in the film begins to pick up. I found myself enjoying the third act quite a lot but at the same time sad because I wish we would’ve gotten that from the beginning.
Overall, I would say this is a wait till on Digital/VOD to check it out but it is worth the watch none-the-less.