The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is the collective title of three films written and directed by Ned Benson in his directorial debut, and starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, alongside a supporting cast of Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Katherine Waterston, CiarĂ¡n Hinds, Isabelle Huppert, and William Hurt. After the film split into three parts, Him and Her were screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival as a “work in progress”. Them premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Them premiered in the United States on September 12, 2014, while Him and Her were released together as double feature on October 10, 2014. (Wikipedia)

The hype over The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby has to do with presenting the story of a couple coping with the loss of a child from differing perspectives. However, it is really only hype. The actual reality of watching this movie is rather tedious. Very arthouse in approach, nothing much happens for long periods of time.

Apparently, director Benson has two separate films that sets out the story from “his” and “her” points of view and that I imagine would be bone-crushingly boring – based on Them. There has been much critical discussion about the performances of the two leads (Chastain & McAvoy) but again, this all sounds good in theory but in actuality there’s really nothing in the performances to suggest any justified critical acclaim.

In fact, I thought that the issue of the loss of a child was better examined in Rabbit Hole (2010) – this movie has left me cold somewhat, there’s no emotional resonance felt at all despite the weight of the relationship issues – whether it be between him and her or between him and her and parent/s.

So unless you have loads of patience, I would not recommend The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby – there is just not enough meat on the bones even for arthouse film lovers to suggest that watching this would be a proper use of your time.

Watch The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby on Amazon Prime Video.

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