hello, readers you know what it is I don’t have to explain it okay the lost daughter is the directorial debut of famous actor maggie Gyllenhaal you may know her from the dark knight or the titular secretary or from crazy heart frank or her tv show the deuce the lost daughter is an adaptation of a book by the same name by Elena Ferrante.
the author apparently has never been seen publicly no one even knows what she looks like but what do you care you’re watching a movie review you’re not reading a review you don’t care about reading who cares about books are for old people right books yuck the lost daughter stars Olivia Coleman Jesse Buckley Dakota johnson paul mescal ed harris and Peter Sarsgaard.
my thoughts on the cast and their performances is sort of a microcosm of my feelings on the rest of the film and that’s that they’re all solid jesse buckley in my opinion gave the best performance in the movie.
I don’t think any of the other actors did anything super special or exceptional or anything worth noting not that they’re bad actors or anything or that they make bad choices in this film or anything like that in regards to their performances I just didn’t feel like I was getting anything special or new from the characters that they were playing.
I just felt like I was sort of going through the motions terms of as an audience member watching these performances and trying to get something out of them I felt like I was seeing them do things that I had seen them do before like Olivia Coleman, for instance, a lot of her mannerisms comedy-wise that she has in this movie.
there aren’t a whole lot of comedic moments but the comedic moments that she does have in this movie reminded me more of her acceptance speeches than they did in any other performance that she’s given in like other movies which I guess every actor brings themselves into it.
but it felt like Olivia Coleman in some of those moments more than it felt like the character that she was playing if that makes sense I guess when you see the movie you’ll you’ll know exactly what I mean because this movie isn’t out yet but I think besides Jessie Buckley one of the other things that I really enjoyed was the portrayal of the moment-to-moment difficulties of being a mom.
I and probably even maggie Gyllenhaal herself will attribute to the book but she adapted it in a way where I felt it in the adaptation so I guess kudos off to maggie Gyllenhaal for that because watching this movie felt like this isn’t a direct one to one comparison but I felt moments here where I was like wow this is to motherhood what requiem for a dream or train spotting is to drugs.
the lost daughter is really good birth control honestly like you could show this to a group of teenagers and being like do you want this in your life and I’m pretty sure a bunch of them will just be like oh yeah no being a mom sucks I probably don’t want to be a mom but what really helps me feel these things is the sound design which was amazing.
by amazing I mean that the sound of the children crying was so incredibly loud and played for so long and I loved it I really love those moments in films where you can feel the experience that’s being depicted in a very tactile way you’ve all been on an aeroplane and you’ve heard a child cry and you feel secondhand embarrassment and you’re like oh my god can that kid just shut up.
but it’s like you sort of feel bad for the parent that has to deal with it yeah it’s like that for a good amount of this movie but you’re watching a movie in a movie theatre well I guess you won’t because it’s on Netflix but you’ll be watching it at home and you’re like okay can when does this end when does the crying stop other than that I thought the rest of the movie was just fine.
The Lost Daughter | Official Trailer | Netflix
I wasn’t really moved emotionally when it all came together at the end and I’ve said this criticism about other films before but if I didn’t know that this film was an adaptation of a book I would have been able to guess if it was because this feels so much like an adaptation of a book.
I feel like with a lot of book adaptations I don’t know what it is maybe it’s just the content and the way that books are that adapting it into a movie it’s so hard to not make it feel like a book and I really don’t know how to further explain it its sort of just like you know it when you see it type of thing if there are other people who feel this way please tell me because so many movies are book adaptations but I think overall I’m just really tired of learning about a character through flashbacks over the course of a movie’s run time.
it’s so boring it’s played out we’ve been doing the same thing since literally the 1940s I don’t care whenever this is a device for a film I already know where the movie is going you’re manipulating me to feel sympathetic for this character and then you’ll be forced to feel conflicted like I know where we’re going like I don’t care all the flashbacks that happen before the big flashback is so pointless just stop being a coward and start off with that and let me decide as an audience member how I feel.
throughout the run time as the character goes through something else with that as the context like I don’t care I really don’t care like maybe because I’ve seen too many movies and this trope is so tired and I want nothing to do with it so with that being said, I’m giving the lost daughter a very generous 6 out of 10.
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