Review: Life Itself (2018)

Life Itself

Release Date: September 21, 2018

Run Time: 1 hour & 57 minutes

Reviewed By: Edwina

College sweethearts Will (Oscar Isaac) and Abby (Olivia Wilde) fall in love, get married and prepare to bring their first child into the world. As their story unfolds in New York, fate links them to a group of people in Seville, Spain, including a troubled young woman, a man and his granddaughter, a wealthy landowner and a plantation manager.

I was looking at a recent review in People magazine and noticed this one when it said…”If you were a fan of This Is Us, watch it.” because Dan Fogelman wrote and produced it. It has only been a few weeks since This Is Us ended and, yes… I miss it already! I figured on a rainy afternoon this would be the movie for me.

I really did enjoy this film. While parts of it were slow (too long of a story when characters Saccione and Gonzalez first meet), there were also parts of it that made me jump out of my skin and cry (the shocking psychiatrist appointment and the words of little Dylan afterwards). A very emotional tale of a family and how each intertwines with the future of the next. How life really does take us down, build us up, and we go in the future of others as they are born and grow. We truly are the story of our families.

I would rate this film with a 9 out of 10 score. I enjoyed all the characters and the performances. I also loved the interweaving of Abby’s love for Bob Dylan and the song Make You Feel My Love. People magazine was right… if you are missing This is Us, this is the film for you, too!!

W2B Rating: 9 out of 10 stars

Extra Scenes: None


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