The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them

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Bill Hader as Self
Isabelle Huppert as Agnès Jeancourt
Viola Davis as Miss Rayleen
William Hurt as Macon
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Reviewed by ReganRebecca 5 / 10 / 10

A middling compromise

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby was originally intended as a movie to be focused on a man's perspective as his wife disappeared out of his life. When writer-director Ned Benson brought star Jessica Chastain on, she asked him about Eleanor's perspective and he was so enraptured with this question that he wrote an entire version of the movie dedicated to her view point of the marriage. The two films were shot simultaneously, but times and audiences being what they are, the distributor cut a third version of the film so that audiences could experience the whole thing in one go. As someone who has seen all three versions of the films (his, her and them) I can tell you this is a mistake. The best way to experience the film is by watching some combination of the Him & Her versions (pick your poison, watching either one first has its benefits and drawbacks, although "Him" does start earlier in the timeline than "Her"). The problem with Them is that it reveals that Rigby is actually a very simplistic movie. It's the story of married couple Connor Ludlow (James McAvoy) and Eleanor Rigby (Jessica Chastain) whose marriage has suffered a devastating blow. Rigby tries to kill herself and when she is unsuccessful she leaves her husband and the two begin separate journeys of discovery. The joy in the Him & Her versions is seeing the different ways the two people experience the same event. Rigby and Ludlow both disappear from each other's narratives for long periods of time posing questions about certain events, questions that get answered when you watch whichever of the two movies you choose to watch first. There's also a handful of scenes that are the same in both stories but the tone and information conveyed is different, showing how people can interpret things differently. All the joy of this is wiped out of the Them version in which everything plays chronologically and we don't get multiple versions of the same scenes. It's an okay movie, but it will leave you wondering what the fuss is all about.

Reviewed by Izzy 6 / 10 / 10

Good Film - Great Character Progression

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Him & Them are both directed by Ned Benson and both are composed by Son Lux and the films star James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him & Them are two beautiful separate films that made me feel incredibly insecure about relationships and made me realize that nothing lasts forever and how people change and grow. This story is about the relationship between two people and how they try to find themselves again whilst trying to become better people in the long run and soon finding out things are not going to be that simple. We are taken through the two sides of the story, Him and Her and what happens during the process of their self discovery as Eleanor or 'Rigby' disappears as the name suggests. She doesn't exactly disappears but just takes some time to reflect on her life, her choices and her future as a person, she makes questionable decisions and puts everything into a perspective and we see Eleanor have multiple interactions with Conor along the way. Conor also goes through his own path which is a lot more about trying to find Eleanor whilst thinking about his life and how he is going to get through and also makes questionable decisions. I watched Him first so I got to really take a look into what happened to Conor first whilst not knowing what happened to Eleanor but seeing her change while Conor keeps bumping into her. Conor seems like he is being weighed down by something, he acts unhinged and acts unstable due to his emotional wounds caused by this new change in his life, he is lost and is unsure what to do now that something that he has had for years is now gone. I never saw Her because It didn't feel necessary, I thought Conor's story was more interesting and Them really summed everything up anyways, so I just saw Him and Them. Conor runs a restaurant with his friends, they help him through his break up which he tries to understand and we get to find out more about Conor as we get further into the movie. He cannot keep living in the apartment that he and Eleanor lived in together so he moves into his fathers home where we learn interesting things about his childhood and who he is as a person. There is a bit of tension or at least some subtle hints that his relationship with his father is not all that great and that they grew more distant as time went on. Eleanor needed a change from her life so she decides to take it upon herself to leave Conor for however long she needed, she started taking classes and changed her look to symbolize her current status as a person and as an adult, her relationship with her family is shown more as we can now tell her family is closer than Conor's which is important if we want to understand these characters and why they are the way they are. We can tell Eleanor wants her independence a lot and strives to prove herself to those around her, she starts to change slowly but keeps on moving backwards every time she has an encounter with Conor because Conor doesn't seem to realize the importance of their separation until the very end when they have a touching moment together finally addressing an issue we are unaware of until we gradually get further into the story. Conor keeps on pushing to know why she left and we understand that she just needs to find herself and become someone she wants to be and being with Conor won't let that happen. She doesn't know who she is and she is trying to find that out whether it be through classes, an environment change, a break up or just a new experience. It takes time for Conor to start to reflect and to stop thinking about Eleanor and where she went, whilst Eleanor is moving forward with her identity, Conor is trying to figure out her motives, her reason instead of thinking about himself and his choices even if they hurt. The only real relationship we see Conor have is with his father who has a hard time connecting with Conor when he needs him the most, he finds it hard to talk to his father and it looks unpleasant discussing his life with him in a sense. It seems like Conor was not aware of the relationship going south for a while so there is an element of denial and him not being able to deal with the fact that the relationship was destined to end sooner or later. Love is hard and it is even harder when you are not sure how to grow up or how to become a better person or change for the better, if we can even change that is. All Conor wants to do is find a way to get back with Eleanor which is not what he should be thinking about but rather how he should think about this change and why what happened has happened. We see Conor growing, but not enough to stop and think about what he is and who he wants to be, what he wants to strive for which this film is about really, who we are and how we grow as individuals and how relationships and grief can sometimes get in the way of our own personal growth. We want to believe these two people can become more aware of themselves as they are very lonely and very upset and are trying to move on as well as come to terms with the simple things in life and are struggling to find their footing, especially Conor.

Reviewed by krocheav 6 / 10 / 10

How Much More Was There...?

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: "Them" can be both impressive and unsatisfying. As a complete narrative it feels as if some script pages were lost on their way to the printers. Short film maker writer/director Ned Benson, tries to show too much in his first attempt at a 'full feature'. I don't think seeing the two shorter versions ("Him" and "Her") would much improve any understanding on what's going down here as they simply deal with differing perceptions of the same situations. In the process of combining both views into one movie, too much is expected of the audience, making it a somewhat tiring task - not that this work would survive being much longer - it's already a longish 2hr slog but, it is a thoughtful one. It felt as if many of the long scenes could have been shortened to allow more details of events that lead up to Eleanor's desperate grieving situation - as it is, we only learn of these through scant references from family members. From the onset we are never told if or when this couple got married, had a child or when, or why, that child died. What makes it hold together are sincere performances by the leads Jessica Chastain (also producer) and James McAvoy, helping to even-out some of the shaky bits. They receive strong support from a diverse cast that includes Belfast Born Ciaran Hinds (Amazing Grace '06) as the father of "Him" ~ French Isabelle Huppert and William Hurt as Mother and Father of "Her" (both fathers seem to have the most profound lines) Thankfully, this time reliable Viola Davis gets a touch more dialog to back up her expressive face. The Award nominated music of Son Lux adds a haunting power along with Cinematography from Christoper Blauvelt (although some messy hand held street scenes almost ruin certain sections). The ending is interesting but just a little too inconclusive to be fully satisfying. Audience enjoyment will depend on individual patience and care for the characters. As for Mr Benson's endless use of unnecessary course language, it seems he might need to cut-loose from his New York City circle of friends more often - where he might discover not everyone has difficulty holding an everyday conversation without a plethora of bodily function words that have nothing to do with the topic at hand. Perhaps it's time for a little more 'creative' writing & to consider appealing to a larger audience - it might pay him and the industry some dividends.

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