Luckiest Girl Alive (2022)

Mike Barker directs Mila Kunis, Finn Wittrock and Connie Britton in this drama where a successful journalist begins to relive her past traumas (a series of rapes and a school shooting) during the build-up to her wedding day.

Jessica Knoll’s 2015 bestseller was clearly prescient of the #metoo movement… and so was ripe for adaptation. You couldn’t accuse her of cashing in on the bandwagon though Luckiest Girl Alive does share a lot of DNA with the fad films that were rushed into production in the movements wake. This feels like it has just a bit more meat on its bones as a drama and even as an entertainment rather than being a mere awkward to consume echo chamber piece. Kunis gives a spiky central turn, Barker has some smart visual choices up his sleeve – especially when mixing the two jarring time lines. It is admirably hard going during some sequences… though should trauma be this glossy?… and there are four epilogues when one would suffice. Still, worth a punt if you are feeling brave.

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Perfect Double Bill: Promising Young Woman (2020)

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