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Leave The World Behind (2023)

"We think it will be alright, because we use paper straws and order the free-range chicken." If you could pick a movie that the Obama family would have a hand in its creation, it should come as no surprise that this is actually it.

The plot is deliberately as vague as the characters are practically useless, which is a bit of a turn-up as they seem to be so intellectually sound with all of their paddles in the water. Granted, they may have some views and opinions that don't match their circumstances, so their pontifications are sometimes a little difficult to swallow. This means that performances are great, but ultimately, not really believable.

At the best part of two and a half hours, you should really have gotten the point of it all in half the time, and that is generous, even if the extra time is more than worth it, just to watch Julia Roberts waving her arms like a torched lunatic, screaming at a herd of curious deer in the woods and Kevin Bacon gets his moment to shine, sadly overlooked in the first half.

Given the talent, you wouldn't expect that the star of the show ended up being the score, all ominous strings doing the heavy lifting of the tension that such a story would conjure much better than the slack-jawed, cocked-head wonderment of the those stuck in the middle of it.

End-of-the-world apocalypse stories are ten-a-penny and common even on Netflix (cough, Don't Look Up, cough) around the festivites. You can only watch the Grinch so many times, it would seem.

Ultimately unfulfilling, incase you're wondering and haven't yet taken the plunge. Still worth a watch as the whole thing is engaging and full of blank, shocked, scared gawps to camera as to make the whole thing a bit of a treasure hunt with no real prize at the end of it. Suffice to say, that even if you have already watched it, you'll likely still be just as confused as those that haven't.

Just remember, I'll be there for you, when the rain starts to fall.


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