Conor and Eleanor are two young people, maddily in love with each other. Happily married, Conor and Eleanor suddenly find themselves to be complete strangers, trying to understand each other in the wake of a terriible tragedy. Ned Benson's The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is a film of beautiful moments that never quite manages to come together as a cohesive whole. With two great performances in James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is sprinkled with impressive moments of emotional resonance, as these two actors do such a great job at giving the film an emotionally resonant core. What's missing from this film is beyond the great performances, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby never really attempts to understand these characters on an intricate level, never penetrating deep enough into their psyches to understand them on the most primal level. This leaves the film feeling a bit like a bunch of vignettes, showing them suffer and yearn for each other but never actually attempt to understand teir "inner lives". It simply never feels like a cohesive narrative, which isn't exactly a bad thing, but I wish I felt for/understanded these characters more. Ned Benson's The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is a hard film to dislike given its great central performances but overall it wants to be an ode to love found and lost, never going deep enough to fully achieve these intentions.
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