Over the course of three decades, Allison Janney has consistently given great performances in a wide range of genres such as political TV dramas (The West Wing), dramas (I, Tonya), and even movie musicals (Hairspray). The latter sees Janie transform into a mysterious, but resourceful, lonely figure who uses her dark past to help find the man who kidnapped her neighbor’s daughter. Directed by Anna Forster based on a screenplay by Maggie Cohn and Jack Stanley, Lou is a quiet thriller that delves into the consequences of one’s actions. The film allows Janie and Journey Smollett to gain attention with its compelling physical and emotional performances.
In a secluded small town, Lou (Allison Janney) spends her days and evenings searching for food and caring for her dog, Jax. Having come to terms with her dangerous decisions and her story, Lu is ready to step out of her dark past. Unfortunately, her plans are interrupted when he tells her neighbor Hannah (Jurney Smollett) Lou that her daughter Vee (Ridley Asha Bateman) has been kidnapped by Hannah’s ex-husband Phillip (Logan Marshall Green). Together, the two set out to uncover a terrifying truth amidst a massive storm, as they showed their perseverance and willingness to risk their lives. The rescue mission also reveals some shocking secrets and connects them in more than one way.
Ridley Asha Bateman and Logan Marshall-Green in Low
With Lou, Anna Foerster is back in cinema after a short stint as a television director with the third season of Westworld, four years after her directorial debut with Underworld: Blood Wars. In his latest work, Foerster offers a quieter approach to visual storytelling, focusing on characters to direct the plot while balancing three stories into one to reveal hidden truths in their lives. In this way, it humanizes completely imperfect characters in a way that viewers can relate to emotionally, even when they seem like they don’t deserve it. In terms of style, Foerster never gets past the traditional Netflix thriller. However, it’s the restraint that allows Cohn and Stanley’s script to shine, especially when the focus is on developing their characters.
In time, Law finds himself caught between moments of discreetness, in which the film excels, and revelations that tend to falter. In execution, the secrets between Lou, Hannah and Philip are the text’s most interesting components. This element allows Foerster to take a systematic approach to storytelling, uncovering secrets at a pace that requires a slow separation from the characters involved. Once the true mysteries are revealed, the action accelerates and loses its first impact on the great novels centered around humanity and motherhood. On the other hand, these sequences also come just in time to push the final action to full throttle.
Allison Janney and Journey Smollett in Low
The fact that fans of Netflix thrillers end up liking Lou is a no-brainer based on your preference for the pace of this type of story. But there’s one thing in particular that most fans agree on: Allison Janney gives a transformative performance. The Primetime Emmy, Golden Globe, and Academy Award-winning actress not only delivers a powerful emotional performance, but Janney also puts on a stunning display of strength and physique in her combat action sequences. Besides her, Jurnee Smollett, who is always a reliable talent, is able to steal the scenes and draw the viewer’s attention directly to her. The chemistry between Janie and Smollett is enough to grab attention, even when this layered scenario takes weird plot twists.
After all, Lou is the kind of Netflix movie one would have to watch for the great dynamism between its three main characters. Combined with the outstanding performance and on-screen chemistry, Forster’s latest film feels like a step in the right direction for the director’s second feature. With a disciplined approach to visual storytelling, Forster highlights the emotionally appealing aspects of the story, focusing on their developments as individuals. As Cohn and Stanley’s racy script humanizes the worst of the characters, Lou is bound to be a contrasting yet intriguing viewing experience for viewers.
Lou was released on Netflix on Friday, September 23rd. The film is 107 minutes long and is rated R as Violence and Language.
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