“Alone Together (2022).” For many, the pandemic is a thing of the past. Travel is as hectic as ever, even more so with people fleeing almost anywhere to escape the reality they’ve been forced to endure for over two years. Katie Holmes’ latest directorial effort, Alone Together, focuses on the early days of the pandemic and tells a story that centers on two strangers (Holmes and Jim Sturgess) sharing an Airbnb in upstate New York during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Alone Together: Movie Review
Fleeing the reality of the Covid pandemic, these two people discover that refuge isn’t just a place, it can also be a person. With so many people and life returning to some semblance of normalcy, Alone Together may seem too late, but Holmes’ movie offers something worth taking.
Alone Together starts out like it’s a movie version of Rachel Hollis’ “What is it about me that makes you think I want to be related?” rant from 2021. Katie Holmes plays June, a restaurant critic from New York’s Upper West Side. She is entitled, pompous, and unable to recognize her condescending tone. In the midst of the pandemic, she and her boyfriend John (Derek Luke) plan a romantic getaway to escape the growing threat of Covid-19.
She is irritated when the subway slows down and trains leaving the city are delayed and canceled. She says she’s having a bad day, but the look on the ticket seller’s face says it all: June is out of touch. As June moves away from what her life used to be, she begins to grow into the person she enjoys and wants to become.
Alone Together thrives on the honesty of the romance between June and Charlie (Sturgess) and the breakdown of her relationship with John. In part, the romance between June and Charlie is merely a means for June to let go of the things that have made her empty and self-conscious.
A coming-of-age story is woven into this tale of new beginnings and tragedy. Holmes really hits the nail on the head when it comes to the understanding that there doesn’t have to be a terrible reason to break up with someone you love and realizing that the person they are when they’re with their significant other isn’t who they want to be is a good thing. . The June arc holds up a mirror to what many people went through during the lockdown.
While some relationships thrived on constant intimate time, others dissolved due to the close proximity that illuminated the cracks. Holmes’ script is a bit contrived when it reaches this point, but it still gets the message across.
Central to the movie is the carpe diem mentality that fuels the romance between June and Charlie, as well as June’s pursuit of her dreams, which offers plenty of entertainment and contemplation for the audience. However, Holmes exaggerates when he claims that the looming threat of death is what drives these people forward. There’s an odd amount of death (or talk of death) in what should generally be a laid-back indie about two people in love and a woman who falls back in love with herself.
There are three characters in this project and each has a devastating story related to death. It’s very maneuverable and could easily be taken down a notch or two. Holmes undermines himself by creating a story that is a bit over the top; it’s as if she can’t trust herself to elucidate the themes of her story without really pulling at the heartstrings of tragedy.
The Alone Together movie has all the hallmarks of a cozy indie-filtered cottage courtesy of cinematographer Martim Vian. The romance is sweet and cute and the comedy is passable at best, though the film is more of a drama than a rom-com. There is a clear attempt to emphasize the importance of communicating your wants and needs to your partner and to yourself. Romance is just a means to accelerate these themes.
In this regard, Holmes does well. It’s the looming threat of mortality that threatened to derail Holmes’ efforts because he misunderstands how much the audience needs to be reminded of this. The struggle between the subtle and the unsubtle is evident. However, the honesty in Holmes’ writing and direction makes it the best. “Alone Together.”
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