Gillian Anderson has been one of my favorite actresses for many years and I try to check out her works (though I still couldn’t bring myself to watch Hannibal even now that she will be a regular in the upcoming season). When I found out about I’ll Follow You Down earlier this year, and that the cast included Rufus Sewell, I was curious about it. I don’t mind time travel, and I even love stories that include this element as heavy plot device.
Anderson’s portrayal of a woman who can’t get over her husband’s disappearance was perfect. I wish we had seen more of her. I also thought that the fact she fought to hold on until her child was a young adult was an important and possibly underrated part of the narrative. It showed how she wanted to keep going despite the tragedy. Yet, I was depressed to see her character eventually give up on life around the first third of the movie, and not just because she was the original reason I checked the movie out.
The story was depressing. Its last minute or two gives a happy ending, but I still felt down watching that movie and how people can give up on their family and keep secrets from them, because this is what Sewell’s character does and it ruined both his wife’s and his son’s lives.
The movie is decent and the story works fine but in a way, I felt that the two female characters, including Anderson’s, could have been better and differently fleshed out. Overall, the movie was fine, but I think that it could have been more.