Life is fucked. Love is the long sought-after holy grail, the salvation from this mess of existence. But love itself is quite messy and often leaves us in a sad, sorry state. There’s something particularly sad however, and emotionally perverse about this Tinder generation and their brand of disposable love. One thing is certain, no one does relationships today like Drake Doremus and screenwriter Ben York Jones.
It's a really a raw and open portrait of millennials' (but not only!) ways of seeing life, feelings and relationships. Of course not all of them but a big part. People tend to misunderstood and discredit 'different' ways of love and relation between two human beings. This makes us all think like 'who made the boundaries of relationship that we have been cursed all these years?'
2.5 Despite the excellent performance by the lead actress, the film gets bogged down in melodrama. There's no reason why this should be longer than 90 minutes. The plot stagnates when the relationship becomes "open." The audience already knows this act is doomed and is far ahead of the action. We lose interest in the details, and stop caring about the characters. The reconciliation is forced and unbelievable.
Easily Doremus' best movie; the big reason is that he's finally found a great leading lady in Costa, who's just sublime - the chemistry and ease she has with Hoult feels completely real and tangible. Didn't care for Doremus' previous leading ladies, Felicity Jones and Kristen Stewart. Doremus' best work, though, remains the web-series The Beauty Inside.