Irreplaceable You: Cancer-ridden Gugu Mbatha-Raw emotionally connects with you for a tissue-grabbing end.

When it comes to love, you will do anything for the other person in your life, especially if you have been with them since day one. Life has its ups and downs but some things which you may never except but just have to live with or without. You can be the happiest you have ever been but there is always something that brings you back down to earth whether you like it or not. That is just how the world works.

Irreplaceable You follows a couple horrendously in love until they have unexpected news that changes their lives forever. Abbie (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and Sam (Michiel Huisman), a couple that has known each other since they were are 8 are destined to be together until death does them apart. When Abbie is diagnosed with cancer, Sam finds it difficult to comprehend but Abbie is worried at what is going to happen to Sam without her there. Does he move on or stick with her till death do them apart?

Director Stephanie Laing makes you feel connected emotionally but does it in an abstract and confusing manner. Everything seems displaced, you think everything is running smoothly within the narrative until it all comes to an emergency stop. You start bonding with the characters but within Stephanie Laing’s direction, she pulls you away from getting to know the character and her life. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is forever confused herself about who she is, she’s just been diagnosed with cancer but we are forever questioning throughout whether she has it or not. Michiel Huisman, as handsome as he is, his role in the film is nothing. We never fully find out who he is and being a film based on both characters being at the forefront, we are expecting to see more from him. However, we get strange reactions and stale acting from ex-Game of Thrones actor. No matter how much support you throw at both of these characters, none of them helps in any way. Steve Coogan and Christopher Walken star alongside Gugu Mbatha-Raw to help her live supposedly with “cancer” but don’t make believable performances whatsoever. 

It’s like Netflix are throwing films out like it’s nothing recently and not taking any notice of what they are releasing. With poor direction, an unoriginal story and stale acting, you think they would keep an eye on this type of thing. You struggle to barely put any emotion into the ending. As much as he has just lost the love of his life, none of the performance is believable.

This is a prime example of Netflix just making films for the fun of it and not looking at what they are spending their money on. I wanted to enjoy this film as I am one for the emotionally-charged narratives and cringe lovey-dovey mannerisms. In the end, I ended up forgetting entirely what the film was about in seconds. A choppy edited and badly written film overall. I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed.

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