We screened Life Itself on Day 5 of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. If you are a fan of This Is Us you will love this movie. It uses some of the same techniques – several “unrelated” vignettes that are interwoven and not necessarily in chronological order. We laughed, we cried, we were shocked and awed. This is exactly what you would expect from writer/director Dan Fogelman. Abby (Olivia Wilde) and Will (Oscar Isaac) are a delightful couple, but also one of those couples whose love is more important than anything/anyone around them. Isabel (Laia Costa) and Javier (Sergio Peris-Mencheta ) are adorable, though they end up putting their child before their own happiness. Mr. Saccione (Antonio Banderas, who looked great with a beard) was just the right balance of charming and smarmy. Will’s parents, the usually morose Mandy Patinkin and adorable Jean Smart were a pleasure to watch. Olivia Cooke (Dylan) received the 2018 IMDb STARmeter Breakout Star Award in Toronto and this role is just one of the reasons she deserved it. If you can’t wait for the new season of This is Us, this might hold you over. But if you aren’t that anxious this is more of a rainy Saturday afternoon streaming movie.
Our Rating for Life Itself
Official Trailer for Life Itself:
Official Synopsis for Life Itself:
As a young New York couple goes from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes.
Life Itself 2018 Toronto Interntational Film Festival Q & A:
|Principle Cast||Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Olivia Cooke, Laia Costa, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Antonio Banderas, Mandy Patinkin, Jean Smart|
|Production Companies||FilmNation Entertainment, Nostromo Pictures, Temple Hill Entertainment|
|Run Time||118 minutes|
|Premier||2018 Toronto International Film Festival|