A Simple Favor – Blu-ray Review

A Simple Favor is a 2018 American mystery thriller film that was directed by Paul Feig from a screenplay that was written by Jessica Sharzer, based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Darcey Bell. The film stars Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding, Andrew Rannels, Linda Cardellini, Rupert Friend, and Jean Smart, and follows a small town vlogger who tries to solve the disappearance of her mysterious and rich best friend.

In January 2016, it was announced that 20th Century Fox had bought the rights to author Darcey Bell’s novel prior to the books publication. The story was pitched as being similar to Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train. Creative Artists Agency represented the movie rights in the deal with Fox. A Simple Favor was released in the United States on September 14, 2018, by Lionsgate Films. The film received generally favorable reviews from critics, with praise for the plot twists and performances of both Kendrick and Lively, and has grossed over $92 million worldwide. According to the review aggregator website, Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an overall approval rating of 86% based on the 201 reviews that have been submitted, with an average rating of 6.9/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Twisty, twisted, and above all simply fun. A Simple Favor casts a stylish mommy noir spell strengthened by potent performances from Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively.”

The Film Itself (4.5/5):

A Simple Favor is one that initially piqued my interest with that first trailer.  Considering that it has both Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively, knowing these two were working together definitely generated some curiosity.  The storyline is unique enough that it lets the movie stand apart from anything that I’ve personally seen, and the variety of twists and turns helped keep both my wife and I on the edge of our seat as we were constantly second guessing ourselves with how everything was going to play out.  Kendrick’s character was a tad obnoxious; but, again that was her character.  Performances were really well executed and overall made this an enjoyable experience.

Picture Quality (5/5):

The Blu-ray release of A Simple Favor looked really great as I watched along on my living room TV.  Everything from the major plot points to the nicely done subtle moments that were still important to the storyline were very well executed and shot in a manner that really made sure that nothing was missed.  There really weren’t any moments that stood out from the others; but everything was captured in a way that helped attribute to the mystery and overall sense of “wtf” that was happening with this movie.

Audio Quality (5/5):

Packaged with an English Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio mix, the Blu-ray release of A Simple Favor really offers a nicely done immersive audio experience for its viewers.  While there isn’t any kind of elevation element to the track, the movie as a whole didn’t really have anything that called for it.  The transitions from channel to channel were effortless and helped to make sure you felt like you were sitting right there, and the dialogue was spoken cleanly and in a way that ensured that everything could be heard and understood without needing to adjust the volume levels.

The Packaging (2.5/5):

The Blu-ray release of A Simple Favor comes packaged in your standard two-disc Blu-ray amaray case.  Within that case is the standard Blu-ray copy of the movie, as well as the standard DVD copy; neither of those discs feature any artwork that’s related to the movie and only bear the standard release text and generically solid colored background.  There is a digital copy redemption pamphlet that’s been included for the various streaming platforms as well as a slipcover that’s been included during the original pressing of the release that features the same artwork that’s been provided on the case.

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Special Features (4/5):

There’s a good chunk of additional content that’s been included with the Blu-ray copy of A Simple Favor.  The content that’s been included offers a small expansion upon the storyline, allowing viewers to explore further, as well as a good amount of experiences that were shared with the cast and crew members as the movie was being made.  Included with this release is:

  • Three Optional Feature Audio Commentaries With The Cast And Crew
  • Eight Featurettes
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Flash Mob

Technical Specs:

Video

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 2.00:1

Original Aspect Ratio: 2.00:1

Audio

English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1

Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles

English SDH, Spanish

Runtime

Original Film: 117 Minutes

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I really enjoyed A Simple Favor.  It offers a nicely done, noir-ish storyline that is wrapped in some pretty convoluted twists that really keep you guessing right up until the end.  The performances of the cast members were done so well, that you could not only tell that they took their roles seriously; but, they really had a lot of fun in making this movie.  The audio and video presentation of the Blu-ray release helped to make sure that the overall experience is what they had intended with the release, ensuring that everything is seen, heard, and understood by the viewers.  The special features that were included really made for a continued great time with the movie.  If you’re considering this release for your collection, I would absolutely recommend picking it up.  A Simple Favor will be available on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD beginning on December 18.

Note: This Blu-ray was sent to us for review. This has not affected our judgement or editorial process in any way. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this process

Doug

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