I have a had a life-long love of the arts; enjoying theatre, ballet, art and movies. We are all time poor and have limits to our entertainment budget so I hope an honest review will help make your choices easier.
Published October 22nd 2019
A beautifully told story of family and love
The very ethereal Isabel (Michelle Williams) has devoted her life to running an orphanage in a Calcutta slum. The need for assistance is ever-growing but her funds are quickly running dry. When a potential donor offers funds beyond her wildest dreams, Isabel is excited. But soon she realises that the offer comes with conditions and Isobel reluctantly agrees to leave her beloved children and travel to New York; the city she has deliberately avoided for over two decades.
Isabel lands in New York and finds herself living in a luxury hotel and meeting Theresa Young (Julianne Moore), a multi-millionaire media mogul. In direct comparison to Isabel's simple and altruistic lifestyle, Theresa is a paragon of the modern woman. From the glittering skyscraper where she runs her successful business, to the glorious Oyster Bay estate, where she lives happily with her artist husband, Oscar Carlson (Billy Crudup), 21-year-old daughter, Grace (Abby Quinn), and eight-year-old twins, Theo and Otto, Theresa's life couldn't appear to be more perfect.
None of it sits well with Isabel and she is keen to return to her beloved orphanage. But Theresa has other plans, she insists Isabel attend Grace's wedding at the family's estate. The joyful event becomes a catalyst for a revelation that upends the lives of both women and the people who love them most.
After The Wedding was beautifully directed and filmed, carefully taking the audience on an emotional journey that explored some of the most complex aspects of life. The casting was perfect; the contrast between Isabel (Williams) and Theresa (Moore) was perfectly played producing a delicious level of intensity. While the ever-beautiful Julian Moore delivered a performance that was powerful on so many levels. Her portrayal of a strong successful woman was effortless, and her exploration of Theresa's more human and fragile moments was heart-wrenching.
Based on the Academy Award nominated film by Susanne Bier, After The Wedding stars: Academy Award winner Julianne Moore (Bel Canto, Gloria), Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams (Venom, I Feel Pretty), Billy Crudup (Where'd You Go, Bernadette), Abby Quinn (Bumblebee, Good Girls Get High), and Alex Esola (Orange is the New Black, The Young Pope).
After The Wedding is in cinemas from October 24, 2019.