The film speeds towards a predictable conclusion you can see coming from miles away, and when things finally happen the film just kind of flings itself off of a cliff and end with little-to-no fanfare. I saw it with an audience who was visibly bored out of their wits, so maybe there’s another critic/general audience divide we’ve been starting to see recently? Maybe there’s something I’m not getting out of the experience based on my own experiences where I can’t suspend my suspension of disbelief and learn to love characters that I have nothing in common with?
All I know is that The Souvenir needed more Richard Ayoade, I love that dude and he makes a memorable but way too short cameo. I totally see Honor Swinton Byrne being a megastar in the making, but aside from a few interesting ideas and performances, this film was a big dud for me I wouldn’t know anyone I’d recommend it to.
The Souvenir (2019) Written and directed by Joanna Hogg. Starring Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton, Richard Ayoade, Jack McMullen, Frankie Wilson, Jake Phillips Head, Jaygann Ayeh. The Souvenir screened at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
4.5 out of 10