During the pre-show Q&A moderated by Variety’s Angelique Jackson, Marsha Stephanie Blake (Terry) shared her love of “big cars” and how thrilling it was for her to get behind the wheel of these vintage cars. In addition, the directors and cast mixed up a mad batch of Gin infused martini’s while loving on each other and begging for a sequel before dimming the lights and letting Brosnahan’s effort as a feature producer was unleashed globally during the AFI Fest first ever virtual film fest.
Rachel Brosnahan has become a household name thanks to her multi Emmy wins on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Usually, when an actor becomes so synonymous with one type, especially in comedy, that role which takes one to another level and changes the trajectory of their career often times never real itself. This would not be the case for Brosnahan in I’m Your Woman.
You learn everything you need to know about Jean (Brosnahan) in the first ten minutes of the film. She’s a horrible cook who’s unhappily married and secretly longs for a life better than what she’s currently inhabiting. When abruptly awakened by her husband’s business associate, given a bag with 200K, told to take the baby and run as the door to the only home she has known with Eddie is shut in her face, you know something foul is lurking. On the run with Cal (Akinze Kene), who has been ordered to protect the young mother, turns out to provide an awakening mixed with embracing independence wrapped in an action filled dramatic thriller. Set in the 70’s, the action is heart stopping, jaw dropping to your crack, mind blowing moments encompassed and executed with the fantabulous direction of Julia Hart (who really should’ve received more love with Fast Color). The production design and costumes jump right back into that 70’s vibe and loved having a female helm a genre usually dominated by their male counterparts.
Brosnahan, practically unrecognizable, has mastered the art of having emotionally heightened moments without uttering one single word. Like when she holding “Harry” for the first time or throwing eggs at the wall out of frustration for having to navigate through a foreign set of circumstances. However, those comedy chops are never far behind as exhibited during one of my favorite moments with Cal singing Aretha Franklin’s ‘Natural Woman.‘
But, baby the twist you never see coming enters when Terry (Marsha Stephanie Blake) shows up on the scene teaming with Jean to track down a missing Cal and finally discover what happened to Eddie, among other things. With some fancy stunt driving and an adrenaline rush of intrigue, drama, suspense and action these two women become ride or die for each other and it is simply thrilling to watch.
With knots in belly and gasping for air more often than I would’ve liked, something about a woman directing this type of film starring women just gave me all the feels and begging for more. The 2020 AFI Fest couldn’t have asked for a stronger opening presentation than I’m Your Woman and audiences will get a chance to see this thriller when it hits on December 11th via Amazon Studios.