Feel-Good Watch in a Lukewarm Way

ThereThese are the times in everyone’s life when they wonder if things would have been different had they chosen differently, which is what perhaps creates an allure for the stories that explore such a narrative. Netflix’s ‘Look Both Ways’ uses this “two roads diverged in the yellow wood” approach and tells the story of a young animator named Natalie. SheShe has a plan for the next five years of life, knowing exactly what she wants to happen and when. AfterAn unplanned night spent with her friend GabeThis leads her to take aWe see her split her life as we watch the graduation party and pregnancy test. OnePart focuses on her journey, where the test comes back negative and she is able to continue with her plans. InThe test results come back positive on the other timeline. She has to give up her plans and restructure her entire life to make it work. in a child.

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‘Look Both Ways’ begins with aFor a compelling premise, and for a moment, you think this is going to be something more serious than you’d imagined. WithAn unplanned pregnancy could be fatal Natalie’s best-laid plans,The film lingers on the edge of exploring the conflict surrounding choice, especially with its setting in Austin, Texas, in the AmericaWhere Roe vs. WadeThis has been overturned. HoweverThe film chooses a more straightforward path, giving little thought to the consequences. Natalie’s to-be-or-not-to-be-a-mother-yet dilemma. InsteadIt stays put aA simpler message could be used, which could well be complemented with Billy Joel’s Vienna.

DirectedBy Wanuri KahiuThe film immediately engages the audience inCreate aThere is a distinct difference between the timelines. inEach other and out of each others. TheStory stays with you aRealistic approach at minimum inWe see the most growth in the first quarter. NatalieBoth with and without motherhood, it is difficult. While being aWhile being a parent can be difficult, it is possible to go after your dreams. inLA is not aIt’s also a cakewalk. InterestinglyThe film does. aDo a better job of depicting the struggle for the childless Natalie. AsFor its parallel arc, some very basic queries start to appear regarding the struggles and being a parent. LikeWhat are the 22-year olds doing to take care of their families? aChildren and themselves are left without any job or financial stress. SuchThings poke more holes inThe reality of this reality is woven into it, which eventually affects its seriousness.

In the same vein, ‘Look Both Ways’ also doesn’t do justice to its supporting characters. TheLove interests NatalieThese are reduced to just that aA little more depth would have made the story even more compelling. For GabeWe never see the struggle of being, especially not in this instance aFather at such a young age. The film seems more focused on portraying him as this man who’s so perfect that it fails to give him his proper due of flaws and difficulties. Similarly, Natalie’s best friend also remains an undercooked character. All of this could have added more substance to the story, but it simply falls into the “what if” bin of possibilities.

Feel-Good Watch in a Lukewarm Way
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AsFor Natalie, the central conflict starts out strong but dissolves towards the end, which doesn’t drive the message home as impactfully as it could have. ForHer part Lili ReinhartDoes aGood job at balancing the parallel lives of her characters. SheDramatizes the scenes with gravity Natalie’s frustrations and failures and eventual acceptance of her fate. TheThe film’s appearance is balanced with warm tones that are appropriate for LA and more blue tones. Natalie’s hometown. TheThe hairstyle and dressing sense are what make the difference. aLet the stories flow so that they can finally converge at the final moment, giving the audience aComplete picture of how far Natalie’s come from the moment she was on the crossroads that night of the graduation party.

TheHeart is in the right place for ‘Look Both Ways’. ItIt is aFeel-good watch in a lukewarm way which might soften your perspective towards the “everything works out in the end” belief, though not completely sway it inOne direction or the other. ItIt could have been so much more than it turned out to be. ItYou could have gone down another road and found something completely different. But thinking all of that actually gives more footing to the film’s message. ThereCould be aThere are many things you could do, and your life will take its own path, undoing all your best-laid plans. SoEven if with a bit of slack execution, ‘Look Both Ways’ goes to show that the other path is “just as fair”.

Rating: 2.5/5

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