|The Last Thing He Wanted|
Official release poster
|Directed by||Dee Rees|
|Based on|| The Last Thing He Wanted |
by Joan Didion
|Edited by||Mako Kamitsuna|
The Last Thing He Wanted is a 2020 British-American political thriller film directed by Dee Rees based on the book of the same name by Joan Didion, from a screenplay by Rees and Marco Villalobos. It stars Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck, Rosie Perez, Edi Gathegi, Mel Rodriguez, Toby Jones, and Willem Dafoe.
It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2020. It was released on February 21, 2020, by Netflix. The film was heavily panned by critics, with criticism for its confused storyline, acting and writing.
A journalist stops her coverage of the 1984 U.S. Presidential election to care for her dying father. In the process, she inherits his position as an arms dealer for Central America, and learns of the Contra/Nicaragua Ollie North Scandal.
In September 2017, it was announced Dee Rees would direct, based upon the novel of the same name by Joan Didion, from a screenplay by Marco Villalobos. Cassian Elwes will produce the film, under his Elevated Films banner.In February 2018, Anne Hathaway joined the cast of the film. In June 2018, Willem Dafoe joined the cast of the film. In July 2018, Ben Affleck, Toby Jones, Rosie Perez, Edi Gathegi, Mel Rodriguez and Carlos Leal joined the cast of the film.
Principal photography began on June 14, 2018, in Puerto Rico.[ citation needed ]
In May 2018, Netflix acquired distribution rights to the film.It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2020.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 5% based on 55 reviews, with a weighted average of 2.86/10. The site's critics consensus reads: "It'll be the last thing most viewers want, too."On Metacritic, the film holds a weighted average rating of 35 out of 100, based on 16 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".
Nick Allen, a critic for RogerEbert.com, called the film "incomprehensible to an almost impressive degree [...] A true Netflix Original Film paradox – not even a pause and rewind button at the ready will help it make much sense."Benjamin Lee of The Guardian called the movie "a two-hour film packed with too much and somehow not enough, The Last Thing He Wanted is a thing that no one wanted."
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