Miss You Already
Did you ever know that you're my hero... again?
Hoyts Melbourne Central - Tuesday 13 October 2015, 6:30pm
Running time: 112m
Country: United States / United Kingdom
Classification: M (Mature themes, sex scenes and coarse language)
Release date: 08/10/15
Cost: $10 (Optus Rewards)
Rating: 6.5/10 (ME 3/5, DP 3.5/5)
Milly (Toni Collette) and Jess (Drew Barrymore) have been friends since the pair met at school. Even after Milly ends up with Kit (Dominic Cooper) and Jess ends up with Jago (Paddy Cosidine) they're friendship endures. Milly has two children while Jess (who, surprisingly, hasn't lost her American accent despite arriving in the UK as a child; go figure) craves to become a mother. Milly's breast cancer diagnosis puts enormous strain on all of her relationships, but will there be enough love between her and Jess to help them in a battle of life and death.
Miss You Already is a moving story of friendship and adversity. Toni Collette's performance is thoroughly engaging as a woman desperate to hold on to the things that give her meaning. Jacqueline Bisset's performance as Milly's quirky mother Miranda injects some humour into a bleak plot, though it relies a bit too much on Absolutely Fabulous 'Patsy Stone' cliches, sweetie. The hair and make-up effects works well to transform Toni Collette and there are a few moments that can be quite confronting.
However the friendship between between Milly and Jess didn't always ring true; 2015's answer to 'Beaches' this is not. It was hard to work out what they saw in each other. The relationship between Milly and her husband (the wind beneath her wings?) was a much more interesting storyline that deserved more screen time than it got. Miss You Already is interesting and will raise different responses depending on your experience with the cruelty of cancer. Despite the subject matter it's a film with more than enough moments of joy and optimism to make up for the sadness that permeates it. (ME)