At this point it has become harder and harder for films to come up with much all that new, so it seems that more are trying to use creative storytelling in hopes to take a simple idea and make it stand out more. The latest Wish You Were Here brings along a decent cast with Joel Edgerton, Felicity Price, and Teresa Palmer but does it offer anything else new to the thriller genre?
Wish You Were Here follows four friends on holiday in South-East Asia but only three returns home. As they search for answers about his mysterious disappearance new secrets are revealed that will affect them all before the truth is revealed. The idea and story for this film were pretty interesting and could have made for a great film, but the execution is a bit confusing. This is one of those films that are hard to review because it’s filled with great performances, a decent story, and a great ending, but gets lost in itself. The biggest issue here seems to be the editing. Once you get to the end it makes complete sense, but getting there is a bit frustrating as the story is just all over the place. The story is told out of order with numerous flash-forward and flash-back aspects that do enhance the story, but it’s not always clear when these transitions occur so it gets a bit confusing. As mentioned before everyone gives great performances especially Joel Edgerton who seems to just get better and better with every role. The rest of the cast do a great job with their roles as well each adding depth to the character that is needed to make this story work.
Make no mistake this isn’t a bad movie by any means, it’s actually pretty damn good, but just needed a bit clearer editing. Big props to the filmmakers to try and create some tension and interesting elements to what could have been a pretty simplistic story. The ending brings it all together with some surprising twists and developments that makes it all worth it, just give it time and stick with it to the end and you will not be disappointed.
Take a trip to solve the mystery with Wish You Were Here hits shelves on September 10th.