Happily (2021)

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Happily: Directed by BenDavid Grabinski. With Kerry Bishé, Joel McHale, Al Madrigal, Natalie Zea. A dark romantic comedy. Tom and Janet have been happily married for years. But a visit from a mysterious stranger leads to a dead body, a lot of questions, and a tense couples’ trip with friends who may not actually be friends at all.

“The film begins with an interesting concept that totally held me for about the first hour, then it got a little weird and veered violently into a totally different direction which left me more than a little surprised.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eUnfortunately the new course was one I neither understood nor related to in reference to what came prior, so it threw me into left field with a unsatisfied and confused aftertaste.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eFor once, I can say with all sincerity it was a movie i just didnu0026#39;t get. Even though it was well acted directed, and (for the most part) produced, I think the incongruity of the plot will be problematic for most viewers.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eIt didnu0026#39;t help that in order for the story to assume the new course of direction, several rather ridiculous plot developments had to take place which again, were not in keeping with the stage previously set or the character frameworks as previously defined. Even with the oddities of the plot aside, this was enough to jar me from the experience that until that point, I was quite immersed in.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eAnyway, I donu0026#39;t want to rag on this film too much as i donu0026#39;t think itu0026#39;s necessarily a bad movie per se, just that the creative license employed here may have had a few too many sherbets and not been in the right frame of mind for making the best decisions for the movie progression.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eI canu0026#39;t recommend this one as it is ultimately disappointing, but for budding film makers it is a good lesson in not what to do with a pretty solid plot, or possibly how to wrest success from a movie, with questionable choices in screenplay.”


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