I love unconventional romantic comedies, so "The Lovers" immediately caught my eye when I saw the trailer. Its reversal of genre tropes was extremely appealing to me, so I got up early in the morning and travelled pretty far to see it.
This film is extremely unorthodox. The whole premise of the film is different than almost any other romantic comedy that I have seen. It spins the tropes in a way that is almost mind-blowing. At various points in the film, I couldn't tell if I was happy with what has happening with the characters, but that was a good thing. All of the main characters, both the married couple, and their respective extramarital significant others are well-developed. None of them is treated as an antagonist, so you don't know what to think in moral terms. It's a really unique and fresh way to approach the subgenre of romantic comedies.
The shots of the film are really elegant, as is the editing. My favorite part of the execution is its use of music. There is one song in particular that is used to juxtapose the mood of the scene in a brilliantly edited and written montage. The acting is also phenomenal. Debra Winger, Tracy Letts, and Aidan Gillen all knock it out of the park, delivering diverse performances that changed from hilarious to heartfelt within moments.
Overall, I absolutely loved "The Lovers" (no pun intended). I enjoyed it greatly, and I thought it was really original and well-made. It's a shame that this film wasn't pushed harder, because it could have had potential in wider audiences.
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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