Una (2016)

unaOk so I’m a liar… I didn’t continue watching movies off They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They?, I watched a movie I’ve been waiting to see all October. Since it’s finally not horror movie month, I came home and turned on Una, a movie about a woman who confronts a man who slept with her as a young teenager and stars my favorite actress, Rooney Mara, as the lead, Una.

This movie is a slow burn, but it really packs a punch. I love the way the story plays out because at the beginning you have one picture of what happened to Una as a child. It’s very one sided and you think you have all the pieces, but then things change. You’re given new pieces of information that make you think that maybe this guy isn’t as bad as he came off at the beginning. But then things change again! I’ll go against the spirit of my blog and not spoil anything, but by the end of the movie I was left wondering what the real story was. Granted, it’s not the most original movie in the world, but I love how it was told nonetheless.

I liked Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn and even Riz Ahmed in their roles. They were all very believable and interesting to watch. Riz Ahmed had a small part, but ever since seeing him in The Night Before, I’ve looked forward to every part he’s played. He kind of plays that innocent, wide eyed, go with the flow type of guy in most of his roles but he’s always good. The chemistry between the two main characters though is where this movie shines. I felt all the emotions these characters were feeling; when they cried I felt sad, when they yelled I couldn’t stop watching, when they touched I cringed. One thing I love in movies is when they can communicate without having to say a word. One look, or just silence itself can say everything without needing to hold the viewer’s hand through the plot. There were several scenes where this was done perfectly for me and I was just able to read their body language or see in their eyes what they were thinking.

This definitely won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, and for some reason it’s gotten some low ratings, but if you don’t mind a slower movie this one is pretty great. The acting, story and execution were all top notch.

Verdict: 7.8/10


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