“Just let me disappear for a while.”
In case you do not know the 2014 movie The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is three separate movies. The three versions are broken down with the subtitles Her, Him, and Them. A few days ago I watched the Her version of the story and loved it. Today I watched the Him version and also loved it.
Connor Ludlow (James McAvoy) owns a restaurant that is not doing too well. His friend Stuart (Bill Hader) is supposed to be the head chef but he just slacks off. On top of those two stresses in his life Connor is trying to deal with a loss as well as his wife Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) who is not handling the loss well at all. Needless to say his mind is not in a good place.
Connor goes to see his father who runs a successful restaurant. His father wanted to help him out with his restaurant but Connor wanted to do it on his own. He goes to speak to his father one day but it just ends up with Connor getting mad and walking out. When he gets home he receives a call that Eleanor has tried to kill herself. At the hospital Eleanor tells Connor she cannot go back to the apartment and that she wants a break.
From Connor’s perspective we see how he has been trying to deal with the tragic loss he and Eleanor went through. He will not talk about it with anyone else and all that pent up frustration and anger and sadness gets taken out on a customer and Stuart. He is still in love with Eleanor and she is still in love with him.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him was so good I do not want to give too much away. I like seeing the different perspectives of how one man and one woman grieve the same loss. James McAvoy was excellent. You can see the hurt and sadness on Connor’s face and in his eyes. All I wanted to do was give him a hug and let him know I am there for him! Same as with the Her version of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby definitely watch Him. It was so well acted and directed. I loved everything about it.
Tomorrow I shall be watching and writing up The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them. Stay tuned