Last Night Reviews
"Temptation can lead anywhere"
Last Night is a very Woody Allen-esque film, without the Woody Allen characters. The film is all about temptation and loyalty towards the one you are with. It's a small, but effective movie on marriage. There is actually a large amount of suspense in seeing how the night is going to play out. Will one of them cheat and which one will it be? Will both of them cheat? Will both of them refuse temptation?
A young married couple go to a party at the start of the movie. There Joanna finally sees Michael's new coworker and she is absolutely stunning. Joanna is now skeptical as to Michael's commitment to her, since he never said how beautiful this girl was. The next day Michael leaves on a business trip with that coworker and has to battle with the temptation of sleeping with her. Back at home, Joanna runs into an old lover and goes to dinner and a party with him. She too must battle the temptation of sleeping with him.
The film is very well done. The piano score is great and the film looks very good. It is well acted by everyone involved, especially the married couple, Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington. Eva Mendes does what she does best and that is looking sexy. God, who could walk away from sleeping with her?
It isn't overly impressive in anyway, but it is an extremely well made and realistic portrayal of the temptations that come along during marriage. Committing your life to one person isn't easy and fighting off the urge to sleep with attractive people in your life is even harder.
Emotional affairs, physical affairs, is one any worse than the other? That's one of the questions raised in Last Night, a drama about a couple that faces temptations of different kinds on a night apart from each other. Michael (Sam Worthington) spends time in the company of Laura (Eva Mendes), an incredibly sexy co-worker that he can't deny having an attraction to, even as he constantly reminds himself how much he loves his wife, Joanna (Keira Knightley). Joanna bumps into Alex (Guillaume Canet), a man from her past that her husband knows nothing about, and that she still has undeniably strong feelings for.
The look of the movie is undeniably appealing, with beautiful people and beautiful cinematography. The night scenes set in New York especially stuck with me. As for the actual content of Last Night, it's pretty good, but not remarkable. The story is handled in a mature and reasonably realistic way, without portraying the characters too shallowly or simply.
If you're looking for a well-made adult romantic drama with some good actors, you could do a lot worse than Last Night.
This is a decent movie for me in which the story is peculiarly interesting to me. The story focuses in something very important actually the most important thing a married couple should focused on and that is trust. Temptation becomes something usual and routine in everyone's life thus in married couple something possibly that can ruin one's marriage in an instant. That's all you gonna see in this movie, a married couple working on staying faithful to there love one and making trust guide there way. The pacing is slow, which enables the psychological states of the characters to be depicted in detail. Through their expressions and actions, we can see what the four of them want from each other and how they feel about each other. It is not easy to portray feelings of guilt, jealousy and emotional intimacy in such detail, but "Last Night" succeeds in doing so for all the four main characters. Slow but interesting, I liked it.
Set in New York City, 'Last Night' is the story of a married couple that while apart for one night, is confronted by temptation that may decide the fate of their marriage. Joanna (Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley) and Michael Reed (Sam Worthington) are 7 years into a successful and happy relationship. They are moving along in their lives together until Joanna meets Laura (Eva Mendes), the stunningly beautiful work colleague whom Michael never mentioned. While Michael is away with Laura on a business trip, Joanna runs into an old but never quite forgotten love, Alex (Guillaume Canet) and agrees to have drinks with him. As the night progresses and temptation increases for the couple, each must confront who they are inside and outside of their relationship. 'Last Night' is ultimately a film about choices, the choice you make to be with someone, to give yourself physically and emotionally, and how to survive all three.
The story follows a married couple, apart for a night while the husband takes a business trip with a colleague to whom he's attracted. While he's resisting temptation, his wife encounters her past love.
There is nothing exceptional or remarkable in anyway about either the plot or characters of this movie, yet it is that which should be detrimental that becomes the greatest appeal of the film.
Not lacking in realism, it rings with a certain truth that is both fascinating and entertaining. Basically outlining the fundamentals of men and women in general when it comes to cheating of any kind, there is an examination of the somewhat finer points of the feminine and male illicit trysting alike. The basic psychology of it all.
Emotional cheating versus physical cheating. As well as digging out the root causes of indiscretion - various insecurities and self-projections (as in the case of Joanna, who we later learn may have been projecting her vague guilt of unresolved feelings for an ex, increasing the viciousness of her own emotions, and the most basic of them all; simple allure, being attracted to someone physically who is readily available at an opportune time (Michael with his colleague).
Another interesting aspect was that of the female seductress (Eva Mendes). It portrayed to a large extent what motivates such women themselves (i.e. deeply embedded insecurity and loneliness as well as past hurts that are far from healed being common factors), also looking into how exactly such women tend to feel after the "encounter" is over (cheap, used, not at all happier or more fulfilled than they were before).
This post-encounter phase, so to speak, is an aspect of the film in general that is intriguing, presenting a very basic question: For someone that truly does love their spouse or significant other, is heat-of-the-moment illicit passion ever worth it at the end of the day? A thought-provoking and sincere script.
Walking out of this film, with only about three others behind me (not enough people know of this film, and that's a pity), I was truly happy with the results. I told myself that the film wasn't great and that it was only decent but it was the small qualities from the movie that made it worth-while. One of my favorite aspects that came from the film is the way it moves back and forth between the husband's night and then the wife's so smoothly. Cutting back and forth to two different storylines (pretty much) might sound messy, but the edits are done faultlessly thanks to Massy Tadjedin.
Starting off introducing the audience to Joanna and Michael Reed, a "you'd think be" perfect couple living in a beautiful, probably very expensive Manhattan apartment. On their way to a party with all of Michael's co-workers, Joanna meets Laura, a beautiful recruit to the company Michael never told Joanna about before. What angers Joanna is the fact that the two went on a business trip in the past to Los Angeles, and she instantly believes Michael is attracted to her-and maybe cheating. After a huge argument on the eve of another business trip including Laura, Michael leaves the next morning and the two are left feeling awkward. Out on a walk to clear her thoughts, Joanna runs into Alex, an old lover of hers she fell for when her and Michael were on a long break a couple of years back. Joanna spending the night catching up with Alex, and Michael spending the night resisting temptation from Laura, the balance between the two might just fall once and for all.
A pleasant little viewpoint that comes from "Last Night" is Massy Tadjedin's ultimately serious-minded script that doesn't hold back from any standings. What pleases me most when it comes to her writing is the fact that it all feels realistic. A dinner scene in the film, that's cuts back and forth between another scene, is never cut in length. When I say this I mean that the scene starts with them sitting down, and it doesn't cut to sometime later to what's happening then, it literally shows the whole evening on what's going on and it gives you a good feel of all of the characters, especially with the rich, crafted dialog. Though some scenes feel a little dry and without taste, it all works out in the end for the best.
The character development in the film, at first, doesn't really feel to right. I felt the chemistry between Sam Worthington and Keira Knightly was off, but then, once you know the plot of the film, you get the real understanding and depth between each character. The two give good performances in the movie, Knightly much stronger than Worthington, who felt out of his usual zone at times. The best performance in the film, however, came from Guillaume Canet, one of the four main characters who isn't a big-name Hollywood star. His character Alex was smooth and likeable, and you hoped all the best would be given to his character in the end. My least favorite performance in the film was from Eva Mendes, who didn't really have good chemistry at all with Sam Worthington, and never really did anything to go out of her way with the lines she did have. It might have just been her highly unlikeable, saggy character that caused me to dislike her in this.
One of my favorite shots in the film is between Sam Worthington and Eva Mendes, not because the chemistry was astounding, but because of the setting. Taking place at night in the Hotel pool, I thought the scene was directed incredibly. Shot with a very dark, gritty (almost) kinds of scan to the screen, the light- blue shining off the faces of the stars looked visually-stunning. The look of the scene isn't remarkable, but it was great while it lasted.
You can give kudos to Massy Tadjedin for the writing and directing on "Last Night", creating a piece that can be enjoyable for all at least once. The movie isn't perfect, but what I enjoyed from it is how quiet and still it is. This is a movie to sit back, open your thoughts, and relax too. If you've already been smashed by Thor's almighty hammer, or you're just not interested in this weekend's biggest smash-hit, then I recommend trying to find this film, because it's good in the littlest of ways.
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"Last Night" is a contemplative and thoughtful movie set in a compact 36 hour time frame that lasts just long enough to give us a very good idea on the state of Joanna and Michael's marriage. Despite the outward appearance of affection, it is not good. Even with them being from different worlds which is not so much about Joanna being from England and Michael from Australia but more with her creativity and his business prowess, they obviously loved each other at some point and may still do so with the important thing being for them to end up at the same place at the end of the day. Now, the cracks are starting to show, expressed in the lack of trust which combined with temptation is also a danger. It could also represent what is, what could be and what should never be. In any case, flirting is fine as long as it does not go any further than that.
On a positive all the actors are well cast in the film. Keira Knightley shines in this film. She keeps getting better and better in each film I see her in. I definitely recommend this film only for the performances by the lead actors.