Front Row Reviews really enjoyed the film and gave it one hell of a review;
I walked into Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes quite unaware about what I was going to watch; all I knew was that it starred one of the most intriguing casts I had seen this year. From Kaya “Skins” Scodelario to Frances “Bedazzled” O’Connor, and stopping along the way with Jessica “Blade: Trinity” Biel. Well, I can tell you straight off, this was one of the most powerful, provocative and emotionally dazzling films I have seen in ages.
Forging realities and giving us some of the most powerful and raw performances of the year, especially Scodelario and Biel who gives the best performances of their careers, Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes is one of those films, which will stay with you. It will get your heart beating and make you want to fall in love all over again.
Movie Emporium had nothing but kind words for the film and its stars, Jesse and Kaya Scodelario;
Jessica Biel commits to this role fearlessly and in perhaps one of the first ‘serious’ roles i’ve seen her in, does well but the real stars of this are the young Kaya Scodelario in the lead role and a superb supporting cast including Alfred Molina who expertly portrays an exhausted but unrelenting Emanuel’s father, Francis O’Connor who is startlingly brilliant as Janice, the step mother, a woman who is a bundle of contained desperation and frustration and Aneurin Barnard who plays Claude offers moments of innocence and beauty with his character.
Overall a rewarding watch which will suck you into a world which seems unnerving but leaves you feeling wholly satisfied.
The Hollywood News was also able to attend a screening and gave the film a 4 out of 4!
Frances O’Connor and Alfred Molina are predictably superb, and while this will no doubt be a breakout role for Scodelario, it is Jessica Biel who shines, never better than she is here. Known primarily for her action roles, this could mean great things for the long serving Biel and hopefully a step to more dramatic roles that show us what she is truly capable of.
Gregorini’s film is divisive, but you go out with a feeling that you will be left dwelling on for quite some time. And that is how you know it is art.
It’s really exciting to see everyone loving Jesse and the film, and it’s truly deserved. Congrats to the whole “Emanuel” team for another successful screening!
Way to start things off with a bang at Sundance London.
Jesse’s latest film, “Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes,” was screened and reviewed by blogger Caterina Benincasa aka Bina007. She had nothing but kind words for the film, including director Francesca Gregorini;
That the movie works at all is testament to Gregorini’s delicately balanced script, that matches explicit verbal wit with scenes of desperate grief. In the hands of a less accomplished director, or worse actors, the movie could easily have fallen into B-movie melodrama, or worse still, a movie we laugh at rather than with.
She didn’t love Kaya’s performance as much as previous reviewers, but she had nothing but great things to say about Jess;
But the real star of the piece is Jessica Biel. Of course, I think this is Biel’s best performance to date, and some might say that’s a backhanded complement given the questionable quality of her back catalogue. Well, now we know that that reflects the paucity of material offered to her, rather than her talent, because in this film she takes a role that could have become a bad joke and lends it gravity and dignity. I dearly hope that this performance brings her greater opportunities because I can’t wait to see what she does with them.
It’s really exciting to hear all of the praise coming Jesse’s way. I was lucky enough to see the film and I can say that it is her best performance to date. “Emanuel” will screen at Sundance London tomorrow and Sunday, so if you’re able to check it out be sure to do so!
Justin filmed his segment for “Ellen” a couple weeks ago, and yesterday we finally got the first clip from the show.
Justin dishes what it’s like to be married to Jess, and you guys, it’s really cute. We should all be jealous Justin doesn’t love us as much as he loves Jess tbh. Don’t forget to tune into the full interview today if you’re a JT fan!
Jesse was seen out and about with a friend in New York City yesterday, April 24th.
How cute does she look? Loving the scarf and blue coat, and just because I’m king of not letting things go… bangs </3. But that’s okay, she’s killing it in this outfit. Also loving the shoe! Be sure to check out the photos by clicking the preview below;
Jesse and Justin were at the Time 100 Gala this evening in New York City, New York.
Jessica and Justin both rocked Tom Ford, including Jesse’s heels and clutch. I love this dress on her, her body looks amazing (as if it doesn’t always)! JT was voted one of Time’s most influential people of the past year, and we couldn’t agree more. With insane album sales and a world tour on the way, I’d say he deserves it.
I’ve started adding photos, so click the preview below to check out photos of the arrivals. To see photos of the Time 100 Dinner Party, click here.