Wish You Were Here Movie Review
Wish You Were Here sounds like a romantic comedy, but it's actually a drama-thriller starring Joel Edgerton and god-in-female-form Teresa Palmer. In the movie, a young Australian goes missing while on an Asian holiday, forcing his three friends to struggle with what may have happened.
I primarily watched the movie because Teresa Palmer is in it and I'm shallow like that, but unfortunately the young actress isn't in the movie all that much. Edgerton is given center stage and takes full advantage, delivering an emotional and nuanced performance. Even better is his on-screen wife Felicity Price, who arguably gets the most visceral of characters (shocking, considering she co-wrote the film).
Wish You Were Here, which flashes rather casually between the past and present, hits home in the third back, especially when what really happened is revealed. The scene is simply sad.
But the rest of the movie is unremarkable. There's nothing wrong with it, but to call it a thriller is a stretch. There's a mystery element to it all, but the movie is more about the emotional effects of the man's disappearance on his friends than anything else. As a true drama, Wish You Were Here is as shrugworthy as its title, and at the very most simply forgettable.
Good but not great, decent but unremarkable, there's a reason why Wish You Were Here didn't garner a wider release. At least Teresa Palmer is in it.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.