While she has been around in the industry for some time, it was her film Bridesmaids that really stepped Kristen Wiig up to the status she has now. Typically hearing of her involvement means a comedy, but with her latest film Hateship Loveship she is taking a dramatic turn. Alongside a great cast including Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld, Jenifer Jason Leigh, and Nick Nolte could this be a new direction for her career or should she stick with the comedy?
Hateship Loveship follows a quiet caregiver who starts a new job working for an elderly man and his teenage granddaughter Sabitha. A cruel trick by Sabitha lands her in an awkward one-way relationship with Ken, Sabitha's estranged father but her newfound ambition and desire gives her courage to transform her awkward doom into real contentment. This is one of those movies that has everything it needs for a great movie, but might not resonate with some viewers. Everything about this film screams real life which is why it works so great, but at times it is so close to real life that the pacing slows way down. Kristen Wiig steps out of the world of funny to deliver a great emotional subtle performance unlike anything she has done to date. She was able to step away from the norm and successfully make you believe in who this character is. The rest of the cast do a fine job, but it’s the story that has a few issues. Most of the problems with this film are more in pacing and direction that the overall story. As compelling as some of these characters are the film is really slow and takes quite a while to actually get anywhere. There are moments in the story that could have been fleshed out a bit better to help bring the power of the story they were trying to tell forward.
Despite some great performances and a great cast the slow build of the film may lose some viewers, but if you can stick with it the second half picks up a bit allowing these characters to finally move forward. While there are issues here, there is no denying that Wiig is great and seems to have no issues with the drama side of her craft, so let’s hope we get more from her in the future.