Wednesday, December 1, 2021

ADRIENNE Film Review December 1, 2021 Eclectic Arts


HBO and HBO Max
Reviewed: 12/1/2021

Rating: 5 / 5


The new documentary film “Adrienne” is a compelling tale of love, loss, inspiration, tragedy, and so much more. Directed by Andy Ostroy (husband of Adrienne Shelly) and featuring interviews with friends, cast mates, and family members, “Adrienne” follows the story of Adrienne Shelly’s career. Her unique sensibility and the bullshit she encountered during the formative years of her career.

Her “can do” attitude and incredible talent was on the way up with a little film she wrote, directed, and co-starred in called, “Waitress”. Adrienne never got to see the reaction to the film nor the massive Broadway hit it would inspire of the same name.

What works so well in the film is the sheer scope of what director Andy Ostroy manages to pull from the interviews, the old footage of Adrienne, and the current events that unfold (no spoilers here). One can’t help but be moved by the scope of what happened to Adrienne and the ramifications all these years later.

I wish this film never had been made in the way that it had to be - a tribute - to a talent taken from us far, far too soon.

“Adrienne” is highly recommended.

Mark Sugiyama
Eclectic Arts

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