Review: Black Bear
Writer/actress Allison (Aubrey Plaza) is in need of some inspiration and retreats to a secluded mountain cabin with a friend of a friend, Gabe (Christopher Abbott) and his wife Blair. (Sarah Gadon) What starts as an awkward meeting turns into full on jealously when the lines begin to blur.
I've heard nothing but good things about Aubrey Plaza's performance in this, but I had never watched a trailer and all the reviews I read were spoiler free. The quick synopsis on IMDb doesn't really do this justice either. I was surprised to see the turn it took.
I won't give spoilers either, but Black Bear in a way is two versions of the same movie. It takes a very meta approach that is pretty interesting, though I did prefer the first half of the movie to the second.
Plaza is as wonderful as everyone says. This is easily her best performance. Gadon and Abbott were also very good in their roles. I think the film goes a bit too hard into showing us that they're having problems, but they handle it all well.
You can rent this film on VOD. I did for $5.00 through Prime, and it's worth the small cost. This is a film I wish I could've gone to my favorite indie theater to see.
Memorable Quote: "You're alienating our guest." - Blair (Sarah Gadon)