Press Play ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali
A young woman has a chance to save the love of her life, when she discovers that the mix-tape they made together can transport her back in time. Streaming on Prime.
As some readers of my cinematic ramblings probably know by now, I have a particular soft spot for time travel movies and even if Back to the Future has sets the bar so high that it’s just impossible to beat it, I’m generally able to enjoy anything that plays with the space continuum. But for any 12 Monkeys or Donny Darko or Edge of Tomorrow, there is always a Terminator Genesys, a Timeline or a Freejack lurking around the corner.
Recent films on Netflix like The Adam’s Project and See you yesterday have reminded me how hard is to make a good one and this latest one on Prime is certainly not going to break any mould either, but its catchy premise and concept are both intriguing enough for me to give it a pass.
In a cross between Groundhog Day, The Lake House, The Time Traveller’s Wife, About Time and God knows how many other films like those, Press Play is about one of those mix tapes people used to make decades ago, which mysteriously (in fact, unexplained in the film) takes a young girl (Clara Rugaard) back to re-live the moments in the past when she first listened to those songs with her boyfriend (Lewis Pullman recently seen in Top Gun: Maverick), giving her a second chance to prevent a terrible tragedy.
The script is at times rather corny and the actors – however charming – are not always as strong as one would wish: Pullman is the better of the two, but Rugaard failed to make any impact on me. I saw the film only a few hours ago and I’ve already forgotten what she looks like. Having said that, the film’s heart is in the right place and all those who enjoyed Josh Boone’s previous film (here both producer and screenwriter) The Fault In Our Stars, will definitely find something to like about this one too.
Cinematographer Luca Del Puppo helps enhancing the romantic mood by making maximum use of any possible sunset on the planet and cramming as much blue-purple interior ambience lights as possible, while the energetic soundtrack plays on pretty much non-stop.
The film is doesn’t outstay its welcome and with its brisk 85 minutes make sure you don’t have too much time to question the logistics of the plot or the cheesiness of some of the dialogue (cheesiness which is pretty much telegraphed by the poster, so that shouldn’t be a surprise).
But you know what? I enjoyed watching it and despite a long first act, I eventually appreciated the concept (which actually worked because of that long intro) and found it quite sweet.
Andrea Carnevali is a Bafta winning film maker who lives in Chiswick.
Press Play is available to watch on Prime.
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