Miss You Already Plays With Your Emotions
There have been plenty of movies that have dealt with cancer or other life-ending diseases, and the effects it has on not only your life, but the lives of those around you. Miss You Already is the latest of the genre, and even though it is very well done, you can’t help feeling that is trying too hard to make you feel for the characters in the movie.
Jess (Drew Barrymore) and Milly (Toni Collette) have been friends since childhood, never far apart from one another, and always there for each other. After a long overdue visit to the doctor reveals that Milly has breast cancer, she starts to watch her life unravel around her. She hides it from her friends and family at first, until her chemo therapy starts, and even then she has a difficult time talking about it, even to Jess. As Milly’s condition continues to slide downwards, Jess’ life starts to rise, as she finally finds herself on the verge of starting a family with her partner. Jess tries to be there for her friend, as she always has been, but her pregnancy, and Milly’s continual thoughtless behaviour prevents it, and for the first time in their lives they find themselves separated.
There are scenes in Miss You Already that will make you cry unless you look away from the screen. In some cases it is fine, but it really seems like the director is trying a little too hard to make the movie a sad one. Even though Milly’s sad story is juxtaposed with Jess’ happy one, it tends to focus on the sad story instead. It would have been a much more balanced film if they had done a little more of the joy Jess and her partner were experiencing to be welcoming a child into their lives. Still that being said, the movies does a great job pacing itself, and you never feel like you are sitting waiting for things to play out.
Miss You Already may get over looked at the theatre, especially since it is released during a month that is more known for releasing big blockbuster films, but it should play out well for home viewing. In fact, the movie seems more like the sort you would watch at home anyway.
By: Roderick Thedorff
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