Miss You Already is a beautiful story about friendship and life. I’m not going to beat about the bush here – it’s about terminal cancer and all the emotions that come with illness regardless of who feels them. I bawled my eyes as out but I’m a bit of an empath and the slightest hint of a emotional situation in a film leaves me watering at the eyes and reaching for the tissues.
I met up with my friend Emma and we had some tasty tapas before heading into the cinema to watch the film. To be honest, I wasn’t really prepared for how much this would bring up my own experiences of my beautiful grandmother dying from cancer. However, I will say it is worth a watch as the most essential message in the film is that love, is really what counts.
The characters have been friends a long time, an experience that a fair few of us have also had. We get to see the growth in their friendship. I loved how the film makers took their time with this. We went on a trip down memory lane with the characters. It was beautiful. Like a short film in itself rather than a quick, cold, brutal 1 minute montage. I instantly felt a warmth to these characters. Snippets of their souls that I mirrored with my own experiences of friendship.
The film was quite long, running at 112 minutes but it never felt too long. It felt just right. With a film like this that spans roughly twenty years you need to feel that length rather than it being rushed through in say 90 minutes. I would say that the time frame here is essential as otherwise you would not understand the emotions that the film takes you through, and boy do you feel it.
There aren’t many films that can say they convey every single emotion throughout their duration. Love, hate, happiness, disgust, fear and anger. This film covers just about everything you could possibly feel in the situation. I love that we empathise with both characters and in turn despise the other. It is a very human film, which I think is why I enjoyed it despite the dark subject matter.
From an editing perspective there wasn’t really anything I could fault in this film. Each shot flows into the next and the framing is spot on. Every frame was carefully composed right down to the camera choreography to the way the actors move through the shot. Even the clothes, props and mannerisms themselves made it all very believable. I felt like I was right there experiencing everything with them, helped by the ‘handheld’ feel each time we go down memory lane. It was easy to relate to them both too – the characters were well rounded and fleshed out. There was a sense of history and of life in general.
I would say its worth a watch even if it is something you may feel uncomfortable about. My Nan died from terminal cancer and it wasn’t pretty and this film doesn’t hide the brutality of terminal illness. But it does show you, that despite all the pain and hurt that love is what truly matters. Your love for them and their love for you. Memories fade but their core feelings always remain.