Movie Review - After the Wedding (2019)
Michelle Williams (Venom and The Greatest Showman) stars as Isabel Anderson, a woman who manages an orphanage in India. She has clearly lived there for a long time, if not many years. She's totally acclimated to the place, embracing their culture. She's in love with the children who live at the orphanage. One of whom named Jay seems like he's her surrogate son. She also seems to be in a relationship with an Indian man, though we never learn his name. Her orphanage is in need of supplies and resources. In order to get those resources, she has to petition wealthy donors for money. One such donor in New York City wants to meet her. Isabel doesn't want to leave, but the donor insists that she fly to NYC and meet in person.
When Isabel gets to the wedding, she realizes that Theresa's husband is Oscar Carlson, played by Billy Crudup (Alien: Covenant and Watchmen). Isabel and Oscar used to be a couple. In fact, the two of them had a baby together, but they gave that baby up for adoption. The twist is that the baby they gave up for adoption is Grace, played by Abby Quinn (Little Women and Landline). Isabel never knew that Oscar rescinded the adoption and took custody of their daughter. She thought both would go on without their baby. This of course raises a lot of questions about why Oscar did what he did and what everyone is going to do going forward. There are a few more twists, but things ultimately come down to whether or not Isabel is going to stay in Manhattan to be closer to her daughter or if she's going to return to India.
That supposedly doesn't matter because the real meat of this movie are in the scenes between Williams and Moore. Both women were in Wonderstruck (2017), but I don't believe they had any scenes together. Here, they get to go toe-to-toe in a way. One hopes for something really electric to explode off screen or be like fire and burn through the cinema, but that doesn't really happen. Williams is intriguing in the role, but again the writing and direction don't help things much with her. Moore recently did another remake of an international film earlier this year called Gloria Bell (2019), so here it feels like old hat from her. She's a good actress, no question, but there were some choices here that didn't endear me to her.
Rated PG-13 for some strong language.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 52 mins.
Available on DVD and VOD.