At times, a pungently preposterous premise, can momentarily, erase the ennui of monotony; especially in the third month of Covid incarceration. Director Vaughn Stein’s “Inheritance”, despite minimal sense and maximum implausibility, held my interest; performances by Lily Collins and Simon Pegg save viewers from a quagmire of anesthetized boredom. Lily, District Attorney “Lauren Monroe”, inherits a skimpy portion of her deceased father’s fortune and an app leading her to “Morgan Walker” (Pegg), submerged for thirty years in an underground burrow on the family’s country estate; their chilled conversations uncovering sordid secrets, eventually convincing Lily of their veracity, lend benign muscle to an otherwise predictable plot.
TWO & ½ STARS!!
“THE GREAT” surprisingly wonderful, blesses viewers with two performances worthy of Emmy’s; Elle Fanning’s stardom is at its pinnacle as nascent “Catherine the Great; it is Nicholas Hoult’s depiction of “Peter III” that is stratospherically stunning; his every expression, gesture, nuance embodies writer Tony McNamara’s comedic vision; unrivaled to date, an unforgettable, majestic rendition of a historical fop.
There are a plethora of legitimate performances, shedding authentic light on political, feminine forces in the 1970’s; Cate Blanchett astounds as Phyllis Schlafly, fighting with style, against the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment; her searing, suited interpretation is brilliant in its authoritative intensity!