Review: Dear Elizabeth
Digital: Dear Elizabeth (2020)
Based on The Locklear Letters by Michael Kun, ‘Dear Elizabeth’ tells the story of Sid Straw (Tony Hale), a middle aged loser who gets on everyone’s nerves. When he’s asked to be co-chair of his Penn State University reunion, that’s when his life takes a turn.
Sid isn’t on social media, but when told to go on Facebook to do research for the University reunion, he finds one of his old college friends has now made it big and is a Hollywood film star iIt’s Elizabeth Banks).
He spends most of the film trying unsuccessfully to persuade the people in his life that he really does know her, despite being made fun of, disbelieved and getting a restraining order against him from Ms Banks manager.
Sounds a sort of ‘run of the mill – CRINGE’ film, right? And yes, it is slightly cringey, but mainly for the people around Sid being such absolute cocks.
The story is simple, man is a bit weird, man can’t keep a girlfriend, man’s friends and family hate him (except his brother), man hits rock bottom, man rise and triumphs.
Well, watching this on a Sunday afternoon, with a ‘challenging’ stomach bug, was perfect, and I’m not ashamed to admit that near the end, I may have had wet eyes.
A nice afternoon film that deserves to be watched by as many people as possible.
Review by Tina from a streaming link kindly supplied by 101 Films via Aim Publicity.