‘Magpie’ Review – Forget Star Wars, This Is Daisy Ridley at Her Best

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  • Daisy Ridley shines Magpie With a fully calibrated display.

  • This thriller leads to an excellent ending that ties everything together perfectly.

  • Ridley’s intense, emotional, and humorous portrayal elevates the film from a disposable thriller.

There’s nothing more fun than watching a talented artist actually do it. when they’re that great Daisy Ridley And given space to work, all bets are off, Magpie This she displays triumphantly, as she gives one of her best performances to date. sure, there was underestimation sometimes i think about dying from earlier this year, and the first two entries in the Star Wars trilogy he directed weren’t too bad. However, nothing has seen him showcase his acting ability the way he does here in perfect sync with the director. Sam Yates Also the author tom batemanRidley’s husband and colleague.

A thriller that starts off solid and picks up the pace before blowing up with a spectacular ending, Magpie One of those rare films that feels both fresh and alive while building on classic genre works of the past. More than anything, this solidifies Ridley as a screen presence without comparison, as she makes this dark madness of a movie ride on her shoulders. Who really needs Star Wars anyway?

What is ‘Magpie’ about?

The film opens with a shot of loving albeit lonely matriarch Annette (Ridley) as she helps her daughter Matilda (Hiba Ahmed) appears to be preparing to audition for a role in a major historical drama film. It’s a scene whose framing will be mirrored sometime in the story’s happy ending, but, before the film reaches that point, There’s a long road that leads through the chaos of an unbalanced marriage First. Despite Annette being there, while her husband Ben (Shahzad Latif) stays away, when Matilda gets the role he swoops in to celebrate.

Instead, Annette is tasked with caring for her newborn baby, who never stops crying, alone. This is just the beginning of how Ben is useless at best and cruel at worst. Despite putting his life on hold for his writing career, which appears to be on hold, he doesn’t care one bit about Annette and what she wants for her future. When he begins traveling to the set with Matilda, he soon develops a relationship with a famous actress, Alicia (Matilda Lutz), who teeters on the brink of infidelity. Oh, and she’s playing Matilda’s mom. If it seems dirty, Just wait: whose first course is this Magpie in stock, This requires being discreet, as it would be a crime to even hint at what all this is making and would ruin all the fun that is to be had.

When Annette begins to piece together what’s going on, the film turns into the dark joy of a thriller, which isn’t entirely surprising to those who know how these stories often play out, yet is brilliant nonetheless. The most important thing, It sees Ridley give a performance that is devilishly streamlined and playful that you can’t help but smile Magpie She takes soaring leaps, while still maintaining complete grip on the character. Every sly change in expression or cutting line is tantamount to executing a highwire act without missing a step. The way Ridley can turn even her simplest line delivery into the occasion of her husband Annette’s devastating downfall is a delight. Whenever she is on-screen, there is never a moment when you are not completely engrossed in her.

While credit should be given to Bateman for delivering the film’s barbed dialogue throughout and Yates for crafting the visuals for maximum impact, Ridley pulls it all off by completely owning every scene. The precise manner in which his character displays silent rage while standing alone in front of a mirror, a recurring visual motif that increasingly demonstrates the film’s dark humor, Being determined to turn the tables on your husband is good entertainment,

‘Magpie’ has a great ending

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even when Magpie It starts to feel like it’s coming very close to playing some familiar notes in the middle, with any remaining doubts completely thrown out the window when all the cards are laid out on the table. Not only does the film serve up a delicious final course that ties everything together perfectly, but it also gives Ridley a spectacular closing scene, Although it could have used a few more moments scattered throughout, that’s a small thing when the final minutes are completely and utterly terrifying.

time for work, Ridley brings the right intensity, emotion and humor to every situation, What could only be dismissed as a disposable, useless thriller is so well constructed and acted that you are completely won over. Whatever Ridley wants to do next, she needs to prove that she’s capable of doing it. There may be a few more of the above mentioned space franchises in his future, but that doesn’t stop him from doing more projects Magpie, When Ridley is given the chance to hold a film like this in his hands, it’s all joy.

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Magpie (2024)

Review

The Magpie is a fantastic showcase for Daisy Ridley that starts off quite solid before building to a spectacular conclusion.

A couple’s lives are turned upside down when their daughter is cast opposite a controversial lead star.

Pros

  • Daisy Ridley gives one of her best performances to date, and effortlessly captures every moment the film requires.
  • The lines in the film are delivered so precisely and accurately that they have maximum impact.
  • The story culminates in a spectacular ending that gives Ridley one last chance to be a part of the film.
Shortcoming

  • There are a few moments in between that come close to falling into repetition.

Magpie It had its world premiere at the 2024 SXSW Film and TV Festival.

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