Little Fish (2021) Movie Review: A Tragic Love Story

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Little Fish tells the story of a couple that is doing everything they can to hold onto each other as a memory loss virus plagues the world.

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Little Fish is an absolutely heartbreaking and tragic tale of a couple, Emma and Jude, that struggles to hold onto each other as a memory loss virus plagues the world. It becomes apparent very early on that Jude is suffering from this disease. Emma promises to stand by him and help him through that and as the movie goes on, we see that struggle.

Olivia Cooke and Jack O’Connell are phenomenal in their roles. They have great chemistry on screen and I can see the heartbreak in their eyes as the story progresses. Jack brings the confusion to his character’s face perfectly and it is very easy to believe that he knows what is happening, and hates that he is dealing with it (at least he knows most of the time).

I have seen people describe this movie as a science fiction movie and while I can understand where they are coming from because this is a made up disease, I wouldn’t place it in that category. For me, Little Fish is a drama and a love story. There is some comedy to it but I would most certainly not consider it a RomCom.

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If I am being totally honest here, this is one of those films that you will need to prepare for mentally before watching it. It is quite depressing. These two are losing each other and that is one of the saddest things to watch. Through flashbacks and memories the audience discovers Emma and Jude’s story, and to see it slipping away is heartbreaking at time. 

Jude is a photographer and because of this we get a lot of beautiful scenes. He takes Emma all over the city in order to photograph her, as well as them together. I need to mention the score here as well because it does a great job of elevating those emotional scenes — especially the final one.

I will not give spoilers but the ending of this movie had me in tears. It is such a powerful film that touches on very real health problems that some people have. Memory loss is real and yes, even people that you love can be erased from your brain over time. I think that is what makes this as depressing as it is. 

Overall Thoughts

Little Fish is a bit slow to start, quite depressing at times, and a heartbreaking movie — but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch it. You should absolutely make sure you are in the right frame of mind when you do sit down to view it, but there are so many reasons to see this movie. The powerful acting performances, the tragic love story, and especially the ending.

This movie really hit me hard and it is most definitely one that will stick with me for a long time. If you know someone that suffers with, or has suffered with, dementia or Alzheimer’s, Little Fish can definitely be triggering. Little Fish is based on a short story that I highly recommend checking out after watching the film.

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About Little Fish

A couple fight to hold their relationship together as a memory loss virus spreads and threatens to erase the history of their love and courtship.

Little Fish is available to watch February 5th.

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