Wander Darkly Review: A Love Story For The Ages

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Wander Darkly isn’t your typical love story, it starts with an already established couple, as they fight to rediscover their love.

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When I read the synopsis for Wander Darkly I was instantly intrigued. That and the fact that it stars Diego Luna, who I have interviewed before and absolutely adore. Then this movie went ahead and exceeded all of my expectations. If you believe in soul mates, this movie might actually break you. I found myself sobbing for nearly the entire third act. 

Wander Darkly starts out with a couple already established, Adrienne (Sienna Miller) and Matteo (Diego Luna), but very much holding on for dear life. It is implied that the only reason they are still together is because of their six month old daughter, Ellie. While they are attending a party, things escalate, and they get into the car fighting — never a good idea. 

In a pretty predictable moment, they crash into another car, and then we see Adrienne in the hospital. She is having an outer body experience and she looks down on her body. So does this mean she died? She certainly thinks so. 

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Diego Luna & Sienna Miller Ooze Chemistry

For the majority of the film, Adrienne is able to movie through time, looking back on the  most recent events of her life. Not too long into this, Matteo joins her, seemingly trying to pull her back to reality. He explains to her that she did live, and she just experienced some trauma. He is constantly trying to bring her back to reality, but she keeps slipping away.

The two visit the most important parts of their relationship. How they met, fell in love, and even when their bond began to crack. Bringing me through these moments made me feel like I knew them. Like they were my friends. I became completely invested in them and their relationship. The twist here is that they don’t both remember things the same way. Which hints that perhaps there is more to this story than we know. 

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One of my favorite things about this movie is seeing the story play out through Adrienne’s eyes. She quickly realizes that she is not an easy person to live with. She is pushy, demanding, and honestly, sometimes she is a bitch. Matteo puts up with this, because quite frankly, he loves her. He comes off as a too good to be true boyfriend, sticking by her through everything, and she starts to realize this. At one point she even tells him that she is a difficult person to be with. 

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Diego Luna, Sienna Miller and Aimee Carrero as Shea in “Wander Darkly.”

Overall Thoughts

Wander Darkly is not your typical love story, because it starts off with an already established, though crumbling, love. This tragic accident forces Adrienne and Matteo to look deep into their relationship, and why it began in the first place. The chemistry between Sienna Miller and Diego Luna makes this movie feel real — they sell the relationship, and its hardships. 

Wander Darkly’s score is pure perfection — helping to escalate certain moments and even making my heart beat faster through suspenseful ones. The cinematography helps to seamlessly move the viewers through time, which is always messy and hard to do. I have said many times how I don’t enjoy movies that jump back and forth through time as they can end up very choppy, but Wander Darkly pulls it off. 

If you believe in true love and soul mates, this movie is sure to leave you in a mess of tears. While the ending was a little too predictable and I wish I hadn’t figure it out for about another 15 minutes, Wander Darkly is more than worth watching for the journey it takes you on. It just might make you reevaluate your own relationships, and why you began them in the first place.

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About Wander Darkly

A traumatic accident leaves a couple, Adrienne (Sienna Miller) and Matteo (Diego Luna), in a surreal state of being that takes them on a disorienting journey through the duality of their shared moments. By reliving fond recollections from the beginning of their romance while also navigating the overwhelming truths of their present, they must rediscover the love that truly binds them together.

In Select Theaters & On Demand December 11, 2020!

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