Miss You Already
Bluntly put, “Miss You Already” is a very sad film. It’s not a simple tear jerker that has a warm heart – nor does it have the cute quirks of this years earlier cancer film “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”.
Instead, “Miss You Already” is a fairly raw portrayal of a friendship unaffected by Hollywood norms. By that I mean that no characters are perfect or overly sympathetic, but all well written enough that the emotional moments are indeed – very emotional.
At the films core sits Jess (Drew Barrymore), a kind and sensible lead, who guides us through the turbulent friendship she has with her happy-go-lucky best friend Milly (Toni Collette). Once Milly develops breast cancer, the repercussions are what the film mainly focuses on. The ways that friends and family deal with the illness are what develop the characters well and keep you engrossed within the story. The serious tone lifts often enough to keep hope alive and give the audience time to breathe before dwelling back onto our suffering main characters.
It should also be said that “Miss You Already” stands out amongst others in the genre for having well written and realistic characters that have mean streaks and are pushed to their limits when emotional. This makes for a powerful tearjerker that I would no doubt recommend. The content matter will be upsetting which should be cautioned, especially due to its realism – but this makes the film a more impactful one.
Tissues are a must for this one, but just don’t expect to leave feeling warm and fuzzy inside.
Rating: M Sex scenes & offensive language.
Reviewed by: Damo