Ordinary Love [2020] ★★★

I was reluctant to see this film when I first saw it playing in theaters this week. I didn’t think a movie about a couple dealing with cancer was something I needed to experience right now. But having heard all the good buzz, I finally caved in. This is a well-crafted drama that has all the right elements to satisfy fans of the genre: an emotional story and a great cast to carry it through. Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville are both phenomenal as an everyday married couple who do ordinary things together. When the wife is diagnosed with breast cancer, their whole life is thrown into turmoil. Before you frown and stop reading, let me tell you that the story is riveting and completely absorbing at every turn, mainly because we’re watching real life unfold before our eyes. It also helps that both these actors give us rooting interest, which is always crucial in films like this. That’s not to say that the film is always easy to watch, but at the end of the day, this is a story about dealing with illness as a couple, and to suffer with these two for 90 minutes is a risk you’d be willing to take.

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