Good Grief

June 19, 2024 - Dan Levy wrote, directed and stars in this R-rated film that dropped on Netflix in early 2024. The supporting cast features some familiar faces including Ruth Negga, Luke Evans and Celia Imrie.

Levy plays Marc, who illustrates the series of YA novels written by his husband, Oliver (Evans). As the movie opens, Oliver and Marc host their annual holiday party at their home in London. Oliver then gives Marc a card before hopping into a cab, the first leg of his trip to a book signing in Paris. But, before Marc can open the card, he hears a commotion in the street and realizes that the cab has crashed and Oliver is dead.

Oliver's death throws Marc into a deep depression for nearly a year. His friends do their best but they have problems of their own. Nothing seems to help until Marc finally decides to open Oliver's card. What Marc reads leads him and his close friends on a journey to Paris and to healing.

Overall review: *** Rounding up from 2.5 because Levy is an engaging presence. The revelations and growth surrounding his character as the movie progresses kept me interested. Also, it was better than the movie I watched just before (which I can't even remember what it was), so this one seemed a lot better by comparison.