A musical romance film drama, I use the word romance loosely, about a comedian named Henry who is married to an Opera singer named Ann and how their lives change after they had their first child. A weirdly original film that was unique and odd at times. Confession I didn’t even know that it was a musical until pressing play.
Annette uses little dialogue, favoring singing to push the narrative in almost a dialogue fashion at times. We get to hear Adam Driver singing something I don’t think we’ve gotten before. For the first half of Annette, I thought we were getting a love story until halfway through it turns to the dark side. Probably the weirdest part of the whole film was the puppet that was being used as Henry and Ann’s daughter Annette in place of a real baby and kid up until the final scen. At times it was unsettling watching real people play with Pinocchio as if it was a human girl.
Even with its over two hour run times, Annette takes its time letting the story unfold without dragging. Add stunning visuals and catchy tunes to the fold. Annette proves that original ideas aren’t dead yet in Hollywood, as I can happily say I’ve never seen another movie like this, and it was very refreshing. A film we’ll probably be seeing get some sort of awards buzz with most likely another Oscar nomination for Adam Driver and at the very least a nomination for the film itself for best motion picture for a musical or comedy at the Golden Globes.
Annette is streaming with Amazon Prime Video