The Farewell Review

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People say family is the most important thing in the world. Those same people would probably say as well that lying is detrimental to any relationship including family. Lulu Wang’s new movie The Farewell tackles both of these issues with a story of lying to your family.

This movie is a true story about Wang’s family and the idea in Chinese culture that if someone is deathly ill, you are not supposed to tell them. The idea is that it is your job to carry the emotional burden for them. In America of course this would be illegal, but this story takes place mostly in China and shows members of a family coping with the idea of not telling their Grandma (Nai Nai) she is dying of cancer. The family is brought together by a wedding of another grand child but it is really an excuse for everyone to say Farewell (get it?). The story, however, mostly centers around the granddaughter Billi (Awkwafina) and her close relationship with Nai Nai. Wang does a great job showing every emotion someone might possibly go through in these situations, probably because she went through those same emotions herself.

The audience gets a chance as well to see how all the different siblings and parents are handling themselves as well It really gives the viewer a chance to think and try and figure out how we would handle the situation.

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Stock Up – Awkwafina has generally been known for her comedy in Crazy Rich Asians, and Ocean’s 8. However she was stunning in this movie and is an early contender for Best Actress at the Oscar’s in my mind. The emotions she went through in this were feelings that not many of us can understand, and she played them brilliantly. This was a star making performance.

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Stock Up – This was obviously Lulu Wang’s  story but she still filmed and told the story with incredible touch. This was only her second movie, but I think her life experience and her skill with the camera, will make for some very interesting future projects.

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*A couple other tidbits

  • The family dinner talking about different cultures was one of the best scenes this year.
  • Love seeing my guy Tzi Ma at any time.

This was as smaller and quieter movie than most movies you will see in the theatre, but it hit me to the core. This was absolutely one of the best movies this year.

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*You can find all of my Movie Ratings here.

*My updated best movies of the year are below.

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