“Four Good Days” premiered in 2020 (same year Mac Miller’s final album Circles came out) at “The Sundance Film Festival” and finally got a theatrical release in 2021. It received mixed reviews from critics and movie goers alike.
Today’s review contains no SPOILERS whatsoever. I’m giving many of you a chance to see this obscure film. Keep in mind, this review is a short one, because it’s not a big budget epic like “Interstellar” or a superhero film. Just a small scale drama focusing on a mother and daughter. So bear with me. Is Four Good Days a hit or miss? Let’s find out shall we?
Recovered & Relapse Aspects
Recovered: Glenn Close & Mila Kunis both did a great job for their respective performances. I’m surprised Mila managed to pull of dramatic chops. She deserves Bonus Points playing against type. Such a darn shame “Jupiter Ascending” nearly derailed her career.
Stephen Root (Office Space, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) also did a great job for his performance.
Rodrigo García (Nine Lives, Albert Nobbs, HBO’s In Treatment) did a decent job directing. He also co-produced the film.
Cinematography felt natural. Never succumbs to excessive Dutch Angles nor Shaky Cam.
Prosthetic Makeup transformed Mila into an addict going through drug withdrawal.
Story is actually based on a Washington Post article titled, “How’s Amanda? A Story Of Truth, Lies And An American Addiction.”
Chemistry between Deb & Molly served as the main highlight. As the film progresses, their interactions moves the story forward.
We learn about Molly’s backstory. She used to have a normal life, until she became addicted to heroin. We also learn about Deb’s backstory as well.
Without giving too much away, a Plot Twist involving a piece of Molly’s past.
Primary Themes are Addiction, Sobriety, Family & Recovery. Each theme is handled maturely.
If you’re a fan of country music, Reba McEntire sings the song “Somehow You Do.” No offense, I’m not a fan of Reba and country music. I’m into the late Mac Miller, (one of my heroes) Linkin Park, Coldplay, Eminem, Kanye West, The Flaming Lips & Gorillaz.
Relapse: I’m gonna be brutally honest, I didn’t cry. Last time a movie made me cry was “Avengers: Endgame.”
The Final Verdict: A, FOR APEX!
Four Good Days is a surprisingly great movie. Definitely a hit. I think this is Mila Kunis’ best work. If you’re curious to see her pull of dramatic chops, I strongly recommend it. She managed to knock it out of the park. I’m shocked she didn’t get nominated for an Oscar. I hope someday, my hero Christopher Nolan will hire Mila for a challenging role. She worked with Chris’ rival Darren Aronofsky in “Black Swan.” I would like to see her as a tragic complex villain.