On paper, The Last Thing He Wanted could make a great film. This film stars famous players such as, Anne Hathaway ( The Devil Wears Prada ), Ben Affleck ( Argo ), Willem Dafoe ( The Lighthouse ), and Rosie Perez ( Birds of Prey ). This film was also written, produced and directed by Dee Rees ( Mudbound ). But the result was a very bad film, a film that not even myself could find praiseworthy.
The story feels very messy, the plot of the film feels fast and boring, the characters feel very bland, even until the film ends I also don't feel this is an entertaining film at all. Usually when watching a film, maybe the film has a bad start and feels boring, but when it reaches half the film then it feels exciting. Unlike The Last Thing He Wanted , where even until the end of the film it still feels dead.
This film tells about a journalist named Elena McMahon (Anne Hathaway). He had to stop his job when he had to continue the work of his father, Richard Dick McMahon (Willem Dafoe) who fell ill. Elena eventually resumed her job as an arms supplier to Central America.
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He eventually got into big trouble and became involved with dangerous people such as Treat Morrison (Ben Affleck), Jones (Edi Gathegi), Barry Sedlow (Mel Rodriguez) and Paul Schuster (Toby Jones). There were many events and tense events that occurred during the film running. At least that's what filmmakers want. But the result is a film that doesn't know what it's doing, with the whole story clunky and confusing.
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One of the things that makes this film feel like a mess is that The Last Thing He Wanted never lets its audience absorb new information. Every scene feels very fast moving and every time something new happens, this film immediately moves to the next scene without ever letting the audience really know what just happened. Like how Elena, who at the beginning of the film, is seen persistently walking through the forest to cover the news, and suddenly we see she is assigned to cover news about the presidential election. We never really know what he is doing, what he has covered, we only know bits and pieces and the viewing experience we get is almost non-existent.
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Then in addition to the plot that feels rushed, the characters are also the main issue in the film that aired on Netflix this past month. Every character lacks something to grab the audience's attention. The conversations between the characters felt meaningless, convoluted and in the end I didn't get any information about what was just said. Not only that, there are many characters that have never been explained who they are and what their roles are in the film so that the already messy story gets even more choked up because of several characters coming in and out.
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Actually, the story you have is right to make this film a tense political thriller . Arms smuggling, a government conspiracy, and a journalist involved in the middle. But the promising story somehow becomes a boring film that runs for almost 2 hours. Ironic because in the end, just like the title of this film, The Last Thing He Wanted is the last thing I want. It's a shame because even though this film stars some of my favorite players, it is the first bad film I saw in 2020.
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