When her husbands misdoings force her to go on the run, a woman will find herself entangled in the crime world he seemed so keen to shield her from. Starring Rachel Brosnahan, Arinzé Kene, Marsha Stephanie Blake and Frankie Faison, I’m Your Woman delivers an intriguing crime drama, set against the backdrop of the 1970s. Though I wish it offered more substance to its narrative, it’s luckily saved by its enigmatic characters.
Jean (Brosnahan) is a somewhat lonely suburban housewife, with her husband Eddie (Bill Heck) having an dark and unconventional career. One day, he shows up with a baby, positioning it as a gift for Jean, who’s always wanted a child. He’s quickly off again, leaving her unequipped to tend to a child on her own, though she won’t be for long.
One night she’s startled by one of Eddie’s good friends. Panicked, he informs her she needs to leave now. Without giving much detail, she’s introduced to Cal (Kene), another associate of her husbands. He is tasked with keeping her safe and takes her to a safe house. When it’s compromised, the two will continue on the run with Jean becoming more aware of the dark underbelly of her husbands business.
I’m Your Woman has a great, perplexing story in its first act, sort of throwing you into the drama immediately; leaving little explained. I certainly was expecting to get a little more backstory, but the film leaves that to be discovered throughout. It relies heavily on displaced exposition to reveal the majority of its plot and I honestly can’t decipher whether I enjoyed this aspect or not. I think it’ll be something that’s received differently, viewer-to-viewer.
There are long sequences where it feels like not much is happening, which for a crime drama, seems a bit uneventful. It’s luckily supported by interesting characters and that slow-burn drama does deliver well in the final act.
Though the pacing felt off, the monumental reveals and tenser scenes do carry great weight. You’re given a false sense of calm before being snapped back into the drama. For better or worse, I think this made the film rely on its actors to really compensate for a lot. They really needed to drive the somber moments with compelling performances – one of my favorites being Faison, who really added a comforting essence to the film. And I did enjoy seeing Brosnahan playing a more subdued character than her role in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which she’s best known for. Again, I think the biggest offering from this movie is its cast.
While I wouldn’t frame this film as a must-see, I certainly found it to be an interesting story with a great retro aesthetic and callback to crime dramas of film past. It needed something else added to its script, perhaps a little more background on Jean’s husband; which I would have appreciated seeing their relationship more in depth. However, the performances are worth staying for.
I’m Your Woman is available on Amazon Prime Video on December 11th
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