Annette ★★★

Leos Carax’s musical drama in which an improvised comedian and his opera singer wife have a 2-year-old daughter with an astonishing talent. Starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard.

The English-language film debut of director Leos Carax concerns Henry (Adam Driver), a stand-up funny man with a ferocious sense of humour who falls in love with Ann (Marion Cotillard), a world-renowned opera singer. Under the attention, they form a fervent and glitzy couple. With the arrival of their first child – a secretive little girl with an excellent destiny – their lives are turned the wrong way up.

Adam Driver gives a good performance in his role as Henry, the stand-up comedian whose sense of humour is one of the nastiest ever, while Marion Cotillard is decent as Ann, the opera singer who is a delight to listen to with her tuneful scenes. However, the birth of their baby girl changes everything for them.

At the time of writing, Marion got a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress – Musical or Comedy, but this I disagree with, because although her performance is good, I don’t consider it to be worthy of major awards.

Elsewhere, there are respectable performances to be had from Simon Helberg, Devyn McDowell and Angèle in their respective parts as The Accompanist, the title character Annette who has an amazing talent, and one of the Six Accuser Chorus.

The direction from Carax is good because he allows the facial expressions to be seen to a strong effect throughout, while also keeping a mixed atmosphere happening as well and the script is written to a decent standard by Ron Mael and Russell Mael as they make the movie good to follow.

The camera stands out best in terms of the technical aspects, because it makes good use of the locations and also captures the tense and dramatic moments well, which get the edge-of-the-seat status.

Note – if I was a songwriter, I would never, ever write songs with profanity in them – it quite simply doesn’t work.

Overall, it is not outstanding, but Annette is a decent musical drama, due to the good performances, direction, script, mixed atmosphere and tense moments.

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