September 20, 2018

Life Itself is in theaters on September 21st, 2018.

As a young New York couple goes from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes.

To begin with I was surprised to see that Amazon were the ones to create this project! And aside from one blatant “product placement” in the script, I thought they did a stupendous job in execution with this film.

On the technical aspect of things I want to start out by saying that the editing was pretty fantastic. Whenever we needed to see jumps in time within a set of characters we got a beautifully well cut together montage of what was going on in everybody's lives and it was seamless.

Now normally narration is a rather played out and frowned upon technique; However, Amazon really did a good job on switching things up with this older and less effective device. We see narration for what we assume to be main characters end up being for others just to find out those others are just as important as the initial protagonist. It sounds very convoluted but is much ease to follow than you’d think.

Probably my favorite part of the film was the script that was used. The dialogue was always spot on. When it wanted to be funny it made everybody laugh for precisely as long as they wanted the audience to laugh for. When it was dark, it was grimace enough for the level of severity of these events to really sit in and impact the audience. And the most impressive part of the script was its ability to portray how we feel with the words we want to say versus what we are able to actually convey to others. And shows how perspective is everything when it comes to what is trying to be conveyed.

Overall this movie was a bit of a roller coaster of emotion. Starting off very high and happy and funny. Quickly diving deep and melancholy. Ultimately to arrive back at the start with a rather happy and fulfilling ending. This seems like a great date night movie with that special someone. Go check it out while you can!

Rating: 4 out of 5

Anthony Anthony (Contributor) was born and raised in the Tampa, Florida area. He likes Pina Coladas and long walks on the beach. He spends most of his time watching movies and spending times with friends.
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