movie: Arthur Newman
starring: Colin Firth, Emily Blunt
format: Netflix Canada
plot: A pro golfer fakes his own death in order to take a job at a country club, and along the way is joined by a runaway.
The opening scenes play like the lead is about to actually kill himself, but then you quickly learn it's a con. I was thinking in the first ten minutes, that it was going to be some sort of crime story. But, it ended up being more of a romance/starting over story. The lead played by Firth, has lost faith in himself because nothing has gone according to plan. Meanwhile, the Blunt character is hiding from a fear that is so self imposed, you wonder how much truth she's even told?
The two begin following this couple who just got married, and decide to break into their house, try on their clothes and have sex in their bed. It quickly becomes their only real means of communication, as to an extent, they are both coning the other and themselves.
The Blunt character, at one point mentions a twin who is in the hospital, and as the story progresses, you're given the impression that is another lie. Which layers on itself up until you see her arrive at the hospital herself, in which case the twin is revealed.
I didn't feel there was a pay off at the end. I would have liked to have seen the two actually get what they were wanting, a new life without the past responsibilities catching up.
what did I learn? no matter what your reality, you can only escape it for a little while
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