Folklore/Evermore Songs as Little Women Characters

My Tears Ricochet—Laurie (and Jo)

I know it seems like all of these are about Jo and Laurie—I promise the next one is not, it’s just how the first few songs on the albums fit the characters.

This song connects to the part of the story after Beth dies, when Jo is home alone with her mother. Meg is with John, Amy is in Paris, and Laurie has run away to Europe. I kind of think about it in the point of view of Laurie, because of what he comes home to. Jo is so far in her grief that she resolves to settle for marriage with Laurie, while Laurie has moved on from the hurt that she has caused him—hence the sadistic line, ”my tears ricochet”.

“We get back here, we line up, weeping in a sunlit room”

For a while, everyone had been away from the March house. Laurie and Amy in Europe, Jo in New York, Meg with her family. But, after Beth’s death, they all come back to the house for the funeral—“weeping in a sunlit room”.

“If I’m on fire, you’ll be made of ashes too”

I interpret this line to be describing the fact that two people are so close that they are almost connected emotionally, like if one is upset, the other is too. This is how close Laurie and Jo were, before they both left. They’re still very close now, but there’s a small rift between them. They are also both very all-or-nothing people—if one burns the other one burns too.

“Even on my worst day, did I deserve, babe, all the hell you gave me?”

Jo broke Laurie’s heart, plain and simple. He was definitely angry about it when he went to Europe, as well as just hurt. He was definitely running away when he left, and that’s why he seemed like such a mess.

“Cause I loved you, I swear I loved you, ‘till my dying day”

When Laurie proposed to Jo, he swore she was the only person he’d ever loved. In that moment, he was very all-or-nothing, naive, and immature. He was young and truly believed he would love only her forever. Of course, he does still love her when they reunite, but he acknowledges it’s a different love.

“I didn’t have it in myself to go with grace”

Laurie left and made a mess. He went to Europe and acted a fool. Even Amy pointed out that he needed to mature and stop moping, and when Amy tells you to stop moping you know you’ve done something wrong.

“And if I’m dead to you why are you at the wake?”

This line fits in with the theme of death and funerals, since when Laurie and Amy come home it is for Beth’s funeral. But, it is also when Jo is grieving, which makes her dig up feelings for Laurie in order to cope. Laurie doesn’t know this of course, but if he did he would be appalled.

“Cursing my name, wishing I’d stayed, look at how my tears ricochet”

At first, both Jo and Laurie thought they’d lost each other. Laurie figured Jo hated him—that’s why she left. For those fleeting days, she’s ready to take him back. He would never agree to it, not after Paris.

We gather stones, never knowing what they’ll mean, some to throw, some to make a diamond ring.”

This line shows how the two characters have grown apart from each other, and how Laurie found love with another.

“You know I didn’t want to have to haunt you, but what a ghostly scene.”

Neither of them wanted what happened between them to end the way it did. But, because both of them left the way they did, there was never any closure. Now, they haunt each others’ memories, and they long for the friendship they once had.

“You wear the same jewels that I gave you as you bury me.”

Here we see the ring again. For some reason, Laurie still wears the ring that Jo gave him, despite her breaking his heart and leaving him in the dust. He seems to have set her behind him (“buried” her), yet he still wears that ring.

“And I can go anywhere I want, anywhere I want, just not home.”

Both Jo and Laurie ran away. Jo felt as if she was losing everyone—Meg to marriage, Laurie to love—and she left home because she felt it was her only option. Laurie went to Europe and went everywhere but back home to see the March family. As we see when he reunites with Amy, none of them had seen much, if any, of him since Jo broke his heart.

“And you can aim for my heart, go for blood, but you would still miss me in your bones.”

No matter how badly Jo hurt Laurie, she always missed him and wanted him back. In the end, she even tried to save that relationship, willing to settle for a marriage she didn’t want because she didn’t want to lose everyone from her childhood.

And I still talk to you, when I’m screaming at the sky. And when you can’t sleep at night, you hear my stolen lullaby.”

Laurie and Jo will always love each other, but they were not meant to end up together. Their love is deep but it’s immature and romantically one-sided. It hurt both of them to leave, and they will always remember that hurt.

“I didn’t have it in myself to go with grace, and so the battleships will sink beneath the waves.”

Back in strictly Laurie’s POV, we are referencing his running away to Europe again. He left the fight, or whatever we want to call it, up in the air, and now all of the hurt and damage is buried instead of dealt with.

“You had to kill me but it killed you just the same. Cursing my name, wishing I stayed, you turned into your worst fears.”

Jo broke Laurie’s heart, making it clear she never wanted to get married, and would never love him that way. Now, she’s regretting it. She wishes he stayed and she claims that she will marry him, because she’s lonely and she craves being loved. She’s become the very thing she swore she would never be.

“Drunk on this pain, crossing out the good years.”

Jo is grieving, and everyone sees it. Her pain is so bad that she’s making claims she never would have before, making rash decisions about love, and trying to grasp the tiny fragments of her past that she has left. By doing this, she’s simultaneously destroying the person she was during her ”good years”.

“Cursing my name, wishing I’d stay, look at how my tears ricochet”

-Bella

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Spoiler Alert-

Malibu Rising illustrates an unforgettable story that takes place in Malibu throughout many decades. The book follows the Riva family – most famous for the sensational singer Mick Riva being the father to this family. The Riva children, who have also gained popularity due to their dad, plan on throwing their iconic annual end-of-summer party. But, within 24-hours, the Rivas will have faced their biggest challenge and enter a new life. 

TJR does a fabulous job creating exciting characters who have a lot of personality and stories. My favorite character from the book is Nina, primarily the main character known for surfing and modeling. Her story is so heart-breaking yet motivating, and I feel that she really deserved better. Nina was forced to throw away her childhood and grow up in order for her and her family to survive. I relate to her struggle of trying to please people, and I’m glad that she was willing to let go and stop letting herself fall victim to everyone by the end of the story.

On the other hand, a character who I very much disliked was Mick Riva, but that is just how TJR intentionally wrote him. He was a horrible father, and I hate how he used his power and success to convince June and the kids to forgive him after he cheated. However, no matter how sorry he seemed, he never really was, and he would always find any other way out of commitments. The lowest that he ever was was when he never acknowledged his children after June died, leaving them to survive by themselves. 

To continue, a controversial topic in Malibu Rising is TJR’s use of too many characters. New characters were being thrown into the book within the last couple of chapters without too much purpose. I understand why some people might not like this choice, but I find it to make the story more realistic. I took from this concept is how many people show up in your life, only to be a part of that point; I don’t think every character needs to be remarkable. 

Also, I enjoyed the shifting of perspective across all characters. I think I would have gotten bored if the story was only told through Nina or June; instead, I was captivated and anticipating each chapter as I learned more about every single person – minor or majorly significant. 

The world within Malibu Rising seemed very realistic since it was based in Malibu. I like how each place had meaning to the characters, such as the Riva restaurant, Nina’s house, or the ocean. The book’s aesthetic was so summery, and I think it is perfect for reading on the beach! This book gives off a rich, sunny, surfing 80s vibe that I fell in love with. 

I enjoyed the medium-paced speed of the book. I think the right amount of time was spent on specific plots or topics. This helped me stay engaged and wanting to read more. 

My friend (and sister of fellow Sunday Morning Review writer Zoe) highly recommended Malibu Rising, saying it was one of her favorite books. At first, I wasn’t sure if I would like it because the book was recently released, and there were few reviews about it. However, I soon went to Barnes & Noble and bought a copy, not knowing that this would quickly become my favorite book! 

Taylor Jenkins Reid confirmed that this book is currently being adapted to be a series on Hulu. I am ecstatic to watch it. I think Malibu Rising was DESTINED to be a tv show!

★★★★★

Georgia

1984

I’m sorry, but Orwell’s 1984 is arguably the worst book I’ve ever read in my entire life. The writing is bad, the plot is bad, and the characters are flat and predictable. I cannot understand why English teachers are obsessed with this book, and I cannot understand what exactly I was supposed to learn from reading it.

The setup of a dystopian society could be a good thing, and it’s been successfully done many times (The Hunger Games, Handmaid’s Tale), but this was not one of those times. The world felt unfinished and almost lazy when reading, as if Orwell was making it up as he wrote and not really paying attention to consistency.

I really cannot recommend this book to anyone. Not only is it objectively bad, it borderlines on misogynistic at many points and writes women as stupid objects in a supposedly “future” society.

If you want to read a really good dystopian novel from the same time frame, I recommend The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. It does everything 1984 tried to do world building-wise; but did everything right. (Don’t worry—there is a review on that book coming soon).

All in all, I absolutely despised this book and would recommend that you keep at least 10 feet away at all times.

-Bella

Sense and Sensibility (1995)

* Spoilers *

Guys…it’s time. Our first Jane Austen post. This is a very special occasion.

Today I’ll be reviewing the 1995 movie Sense and Sensibility, based on Jane Austen’s book of the same name. The story features two sisters Elinor (Emma Thompson) and Marianne Dashwood (Kate Winslet). Elinor is the oldest of three girls and the most responsible sister; she doesn’t give into her emotions (sense). Marianne, on the other hand, wears her heart on her sleeve (sensibility) and can’t understand her sister’s “coldness”.

I just live for movies that take place during this time period! I personally think we should go back to holding balls and riding horse-drawn carriages. Beyond the beautiful setting and overall aesthetic, I was really impressed by the actors’ performances. I thought Emma Thompson, especially, was a standout. She actually wrote the screenplay, as well. Her ability to capture Elinor’s controlled emotions was incredible; you could feel how agonizing it was for her character to hide her love for Edward Ferrars (Hugh Grant). And that scene when he proposes, and she finally releases all that pent-up emotion!! I actually burst into tears with her – it really came out of nowhere and I’m still not sure what happened to me. Then, I cried all the way through to the happy ending : )

(P.S. Those scenes made it to my favorite movie scenes playlist on YouTube!! I update it all the time, so please boost my ego and check it out every once in a while 🥲)

Finally, I just want to comment on how well the movie stays true to Austen’s book. I read Sense and Sensibility last year and, thought it took me a while to finish, I loved it for its subtle humor and excellent characterization. Every aspect that makes the book so great is present in the movie. Plus, it’s easier to understand the language with visual cues (an added bonus)!

Highly recommend to fans of Austen’s books, bonnets, and happy endings.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

– Zoe

Fear Street Trilogy

!!!SPOILER ALERT!!!

      When I first heard about these movies, I was pretty excited to see Maya Hawke and Sadie Sink. Unfortunately, after five minutes into the first movie, I realized that Maya’s screen time was over, and I was contemplating whether I should finish the film or not. Despite the struggle I pursued, and I am delighted that I did. 

      Part One was very engaging. I liked how the movies regressed in time, keeping the audience waiting for more. The first film was an excellent introduction to the recurring characters. I loved Deena and Sam, but I thought Josh was so innocent, and I’m thrilled that he was not killed off! Although R.I.P Kate and Simon… yikes. I thought the writing was very clever because almost every character is meaningful. For example, Kate’s neighbor that watches the kids explains that she was a nurse, aka Nurse Lane from the second movie. Part One was entertaining, this one is my least favorite out of the three, but I’ve still seen it about six times.

      My favorite from the trilogy is Part Two. I think Sadie Sink killed her role… pun intended. It was exciting to see her apart from Stranger Things, but Ziggy and Max are similar, so her acting was not too different. This movie is my favorite because I liked the summer camp vibes. It was interesting to see a whole new set of actors, but I think they were all perfectly cast. When watching the second movie, the director Leigh Janiak did a great job of still making the movie suspenseful when the audience already knew a lot of information about the curse of Sarah Fier. I thought that Cindy was C Berman, but I was surprised to learn that C Berman is Ziggy. The ending to this part was crazy, and I had to rewatch it so many times while I waited for the last movie to come out the following week. 

      Part Three can be my favorite depending on the day; it changes all the time. It made me happy to see the previous actors incorporated into this movie. Although I could not stand to look at the men in this part, THEY WERE ALL SO ANNOYING!!! Anyways, throughout the film, I was waiting to see Sarah’s bad upbringing or whatever made her evil, and I was utterly shocked when everything unraveled, and we learned that Sarah was a good person this whole time. But it was pretty cliche that Sheriff Goode was evil. I should have seen it coming. In 1994: Part Two, I loved Marvin, and I was glad to see that everything else came full circle. The ending was phenomenal. Part Three answered all my questions, and nothing was left unsolved. We finally got to see the QueenOfAirAndDarkness, and Sam and Deena got to go on their date! The ending credits were terrific and everything I needed. I need to know who took the book. I have some suspects. I think it could be the QueenOfAirAndDarkness because she was thrown into the end of the movie, but that could be for closure. It almost looks like a man’s hands when playing the ending slowly, so maybe Goode’s brother knows about the tradition. I wondered if Goode has a son, or perhaps a pregnant wife, and Leigh Janiak could bring that up in more Fear Street movies???

      I thought the music selection throughout the trilogy was a 10/10. I even made a playlist; it’s so good. My favorite songs from the movies are “Hey” and “Mr. Grieves” by the Pixies! Overall, I think this trilogy of films that were released weekly was a great idea, and I hope to see more people do this. Also, I am excited to see what else Leigh Janiak has in mind with more Fear Street movies! 

★★★★★

Georgia

My Best Friend’s Wedding

Happy 4th of July! Speaking of, what’s more American than Julia Roberts?

Today I’ll be reviewing the classic 1997 rom-com My Best Friend’s Wedding. I’ve been on a serious “chick flick” kick lately. Mainly 90s and 2000s rom-coms. And honestly I’m not ashamed to admit how much I love them. They make you happy, and that’s all that matters. 

My Best Friend’s Wedding follows Jules (Julia Roberts), a food critic with a tough exterior, who learns her college boyfriend and close friend (Dermot Mulroney) is getting married. She realizes her strong feelings for him and decides to do everything in her power to derail the wedding. 

My Best Friend’s Wedding is essentially the perfect rom-com. A little bit unrealistic, a little bit cheesy, but full of fun. The movie is also full of iconic scenes that no doubt have cemented it as one of the most memorable films of the 90s. The “Say a Little Prayer” singalong! George showing up at the wedding! One standout scene for me was when Michael talks about telling someone you love them before the moment passes you by. You can see Jules grapple with whether or not to declare her love for him. And then…their boat passes under a bridge, and you can actually sense the moment passing her by. Ok symbolism! 

Of course, a major contributor to the success of this movie is its fantastic cast. Just amazing performances from every single actor. Rupert Everett, who played Jules’ best friend George, is my personal favorite. He stole every scene he was in. I need him to star in a spin-off. Julia Roberts is charming, as always, but she was actually a horrible person throughout the entire movie. The fact she was still invited to the wedding and then she has the nerve to play her and Michael’s “song”. I watched this with my mom, and we agreed she got away with too much, but it’s ok because she’s Julia Roberts. She somehow makes you root for her, despite her terrible judgement. 

There was truly never a dull moment, and that’s all you’re really looking for when you sit down to watch a cheesy movie. Just something light-hearted that can entertain you for 90 minutes or so. I would argue that My Best Friend’s Wedding is a step above the average rom-com, though, and I’m looking forward to watching more Julia Roberts classics soon! 

I will seriously defend chick flicks (which should NOT be an insulting term) until the day I die. This is the first review in my new chick flick series!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

-Zoe

The Secret History

After about a month, I have finally finished The Secret History by Donna Tartt. Usually, a book like this would not take so long to read, but the slow beginning mixed with the end of the school year made it hard for me to get into the book at first. Warning: there are spoilers ahead (don’t read this one yet Zoe ;)).

The book follows college student Richard Papen. He travels from California to attend Hampden College in Vermont. He joins the notoriously exclusive Greek class, taught by a man named Julian, and attended by only five other students; Henry, twins named Camilla and Charles, Francis (affectionately called “François” by some of the classmates), and Bunny.

Now, it’s no spoiler or surprise that Bunny is murdered—shoved off of a cliff in the middle of a snowstorm—by his classmates. That is announced on the first page of the book. It’s the events leading up to that murder, and the events after, that really make up the story. Yet, the reader is left feeling odd and unsatisfied after reading, and that is due to the fact that Richard is an incredibly unreliable narrator.

Richard is arguably a worse narrator than Nick Carroway in The Great Gatsby. He has little to no idea what’s going on for most of the book, and he knows very little about the people he calls his friends. He also is depressed, drunk, or high the entire book, so some of his accounts of the past events are foggy.

This is not to say that Donna Tartt is not a brilliant writer. The storyline and the way the story is written is genius and the ack of information and detail adds to the book.

Actually, the lack of information about each character is exactly what makes the book so endearing. At first, the reader idolizes the characters (like Richard)—they’re cool, smart, mysterious, and well-dressed. As the story goes on, we learn things about the characters. They’re all dark, twisted people—oblivious to the fact that they’re all dark and twisted. Even Richard is a horrible person (specifically seen on page 484), yet he never admits to his faults.

The entire book itself is satirical commentary on wealthy, upper class students. Donna infiltrates these peoples’ groups and shows their true colors. There’s the fact that though they all seem to be extremely wealthy, almost none of them actually have any money. Either they have an allowance from their parents, or they are genuinely just faking it. They also are incredibly sociopathic, depressed, and/or just insanely weird. Like, for example, sleeping with your twin (spoiler alert!).

Overall, I think that this book has become one of my favorites of all time. Sure, it was slow at first, but the detail, the storyline, the characters, and just the entire overall aesthetic is amazing. I recommend this book to everyone, no matter what you usually prefer to read. It’s definitely a modern classic.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

-Bella

Georgia’s Favorite Movie Scenes

Zoe was such an inspiration, so I also created a YouTube Playlist with all of my favorite movie scenes. Thank you Miss Zoe!

Spoiler Alert! 🙂

  1. Legally Blonde – Court Scene

What is not to love about this scene! It is so iconic and hilarious. I trust Elle more than my family.

  1. Whiplash Ending
Sorry the ending was so long, I needed two videos

This ending gives me chills every time I watch it. I could not believe the one and only Terence Fletcher would do that to Andrew 😦 The music is fabulous and each shot is amazing. What a splendid final scene.

  1. Parasite – Ending

There is so much to unravel in this scene. It was an ending I would have never expected. The movie took a turn and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, reflecting on my thoughts before watching the movie, not even imagining that this party massacre would occur. The most shocking part to me was when Mr. Park asks Mr.Kim for the car keys, while Mr. Kim is standing over his dying daughter. One of the craziest movie endings I have ever seen. All I have to say is that I think Parasite is a masterpiece.

  1. Ocean’s 8 – These Boots are Made for Walkin’

This movie is phenomenal, literally any scene is my favorite. I chose this scene as one of my favorites because it is so glamorous. I mean all the women in this film are iconic and I loved seeing them leave the Met Gala dressed in their beautiful outfits. All I can think of when I watch this movie is how John Mulaney thought that an Ocean’s 11 with women would be awful, but I guess the past is in the past. Also, the song is a 10/10. 

  1. Lemonade Mouth – Determinate

Arguably one of the best scenes in cinematic history. Such an amazing song, I will watch the movie at absolutely any time. This performance just makes me want to hop on stage with the one and only Lemonade Mouth. The best part is definitely Wen’s rap… wow.

  1. Little Women – You Love Him!

This is a spectacular ending to Little Women. I personally always wanted Jo and Laurie to end up together, but this scene makes that pain go away a little bit. Everyone just comes together in the end to help Jo and I find it so wholesome.

Zoe’s Favorite Movie Moments

Recently, I decided to make a Youtube playlist for all my favorite movie scenes, so I can easily watch them whenever I want. I ended up with 51 (and counting) clips. As an extremely indecisive person, it was actually painful to narrow down this list to just the 8 scenes below. I’ve inserted the full playlist at the end of this post because I feel bad for the ones I didn’t pick 🙂 Without further ado…here are the scenes that stood out to me, in no particular order:

Warning: Spoilers!!!

  1. THE POOL SCENE AND ARGUMENT FROM BOOKSMART

So technically this is probably two scenes, but I’m counting it as one because they happen back-to-back in the movie. I think this scene works well on so many levels: Olivia Wilde’s directing, the genuine emotions from both Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein, the MUSIC and how perfectly it fits, the choice to mute their voices mid-argument. I could go on. I also love how Amy comes into her own here and establishes herself as independent from her best friend Molly, which continues into the next scenes with Diana Silvers and when the cops show up to the party. I saw a great video of Wilde explaining her choices in this scene, which I would highly recommend. It’s always interesting to hear the director’s thought process on a scene you already love; it makes you appreciate it even more.

2. THE BATHROOM SPEECH FROM HIDDEN FIGURES

I get chills every single time I watch this scene. SO GOOD. While historically inaccurate, this is such a satisfying scene to watch, and Taraji P. Henson’s delivery is perfection. I honestly don’t remember anything about Hidden Figures, except for this singular scene. I did, in fact, watch it at school and cry. All I have left to say is girl boss moment.

3. “CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU” FROM 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU

Now for a more light-hearted scene, Heath Ledger singing “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” in 10 Things I Hate About You. His fabulous singing and dancing almost make up for the fact he was being paid to date Kat…an analysis of how problematic yet iconic this movie is may come at a later date. Nevertheless, I love this scene for reasons I can’t really explain. I could watch this movie forever.

4. LAURIE’S PROPOSAL TO AMY FROM LITTLE WOMEN

You don’t understand how much of a struggle it was to narrow down my favorite scene from Little Women. That’s why I chose two! First, this scene where Laurie sort-of proposes to Amy after being rejected by Jo. As much as I love Timothée Chalamet, Florence Pugh (my queen) definitely steals this scene. “I will not be the person you settle for just because you cannot have her…not when I’ve spent my entire life loving you.” Such a mic drop moment. Makes me wish they didn’t end up getting married.

5. JO’S MONOLOGUE FROM LITTLE WOMEN

YES SAOIRSE RONAN!!! I love this scene because Jo finally confronts and releases her deepest, guarded feelings about love, being a woman, and loneliness. Her monologue comes after some major changes in her life. Everyone else is moving on, and she’s still clinging to the comfort of her childhood with Laurie and her sisters. This scene also solidifies that Jo and Laurie were never meant to be together, even though I was a little mad at Jo for not saying yes up to this point. She clearly doesn’t love him romantically but would be willing to get married, which shows the extent of her loneliness and fear of all the change in her world. Overall an excellent script by Greta Gerwig and amazing acting by Saoirse.

6. BILLY DANCES FOR HIS DAD FROM BILLY ELLIOT

This is such a great dance movie. I love this scene, specifically, because Billy finally stands up to his dad and makes him realize how wrong he was for not letting Billy dance. It’s an obvious turning point in the movie. Anyone can see that Billy lacks technique, but his clear passion for dance really shines through here. Can we talk about that spot though? The mirror practice really paid off.

7. “IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT” SCENE FROM GOOD WILL HUNTING

Another movie with countless memorable and incredible scenes. I will never get over the fact that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck wrote this screenplay. Please watch the bench scene and fight between Will and Skylar because I’m so guilty about not featuring them here. Anyway, once again we have a character here who bottles up their emotions and finally releases them in this scene. Will has such a tough exterior, but it only takes the simplest words (“It’s not your fault.”) to break that open. You can tell he really needed to hear someone say that. Matt Damon and Robin Williams have excellent chemistry, and this moment is a heartbreaking display of the development of their relationship throughout the film.

8. THE FINAL SCENE FROM PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

Last but CERTAINLY not least. I will never be able to put my love for this scene into the right words. There’s no dialogue, just a single uninterrupted shot of Adèle Haenel acting. You have to watch the entire movie and understand the context in order to appreciate this scene, but, once you do, it leaves you speechless and completely devastated. I’m going to just list everything that makes this scene so spectacular. The moment Marianne spots Héloïse in the crowd. The fact that they’re listening to the song Marianne played her earlier in the film. The way Héloïse switches between laughter and sobs remembering their romance. The parallels between their relationship and the story of Eurydice and Orpheus, a myth discussed in the film. How we’re seeing Héloïse through Marianne’s eyes once again, but she JUST WON’T TURN AROUND AHHH. This movie is a perfect example of how unappreciated foreign films are in the US. Why wasn’t this acknowledged at the Oscars? It’s not that hard to use subtitles guys…

Thanks for watching and reading about some of my favorite movie moments. Watch out for Georgia and Bella’s lists in the next two weeks!

-Zoe

Here’s a link to my growing playlist:

Monday

Is it true you’re only happy when you’re failing?

Known better by the name “Monday the Movie”, this film follows an American immigration lawyer, Chloe (Denise Gough), and an American DJ, Mickey (Sebastian Stan) living in Greece. They meet at a party one night and instantly fall for each other, so hard that they wake up naked on the beach the next morning. It is an intense, whirlwind romance in the heart of Athens that takes you along on the couple’s drunken adventures as they figure out what they truly want in life.

Many critics of the movie have claimed that the plot was shallow, or even nonexistent, but I would have to disagree. The plot is very complicated, it’s just the lack of detail we get that throws people off. But, that’s what makes the movie special. We see how the story and its events affect the characters directly, instead of watching every single plot point playing out to the end, which I think makes the movie all that more interesting.

Another thing I liked about the movie was how it truly felt like we were just watching these people live for a specific amount of time. Actually, it almost felt like we were watching their memories, and that’s why things seemed so jumbled and the plot seemed “shallow”. Truly, it is a film that takes you on a journey that feels raw and whole. All of the unanswered questions and fleeting moments that seemed more important than they were presented just add to the entire feeling of the movie.

Something I noticed was a very gradual, and almost missable character development between Chloe and Mickey. In the beginning of the movie, Mickey is a child. He’s immature and irresponsible and has no goals or direction in his life, while Chloe seems more adult and mature. But, by the end of the movie, we see them switch places entirely, from their mentality and behavior all the way to their clothes and stature. It is a tiny but very important piece to the movie that really shows a lot about the characters and their relationship with each other.

Overall, everything about this movie—the cinematography, the acting, the writing, the story, the costumes, the color schemes, the setting—was beautiful. It was a heavy and intense narrative wrapped up in a fun romance on an island paradise.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

-Bella