Welcome to another awesome edition of Movie Review Monday!
This week's movie is A Long Way Down (2014), starring Pierce Brosnan, Aaron Paul, Toni Collette, and Imogen Poots.
The premise of the movie is that four broken people all meet on the roof of a building in London on New Year's Eve, all looking to jump off and commit suicide based on their own personal struggles. They connect and eventually affirm to make a pact to not go through with their original intentions until Valentine's Day. The four individuals support each other and learn more about what led them all to be up on that roof that fateful night.
A Long Way Down is a dark dramedy, with some light elements and some sobering, sadder moments (obvious given the subject matter). All the characters are given their due and a moment to shine, creating a solid ensemble for the movie. There are also some excellent supporting characters played by the likes of Rosamund Pike and Sam Neill. An interesting aspect of the plot that pushes the story ahead is that since Brosnan plays a former television show host, the four gain some notoriety and are hounded by the press for all being together that night.
This movie seems to have not been as well received as it was with me (it has a 22% from critics and a 39% from users on Rotten Tomatoes). I found it to be a simple, emotional, and engaging movie. It is certainly not the best I've ever seen but based on my mild curiosity, it paid off. The actors all do well in the movie and I like how it ended. I don't know how it fares when compared to its source material, but I found the movie enjoyable enough.
You can watch A Long Way Down streaming right now on Netflix.