Probably one of the more generic films that you’re bound to find at Sundance; a comedy set around a family which then escalates towards being a drama. The Intervention introduces us to four couples that all take a weekend break together. As times passes three of the four couples announce that they are going to hold an intervention about the marriage of the other couple. It’s as simple as that folks! A nice easy comedy drama that made me smile and want to weep until the end credits stopped rolling. Films like this are very enjoyable, especially when you have a huge starring cast to keep you entertained throughout the entirety of the film.
Starring the likes of Cobie Smulders, Melanie Lynskey, Clea DuVall and many more, The Intervention offers laughs from minute one to the end. While dealing with the difficult subjects of moving to the next stage of a relationship, marriage, kids and divorce, the film is well balanced to inject some comedic moments when it needs it. The whole ensembles give good performances all round but they’re not amazing or great in any scenes. The cast do their job and that’s about it.
Comedy/Drama films like this are normally incredibly predictable and The Intervention is no different. You anticipate certain things that will happen in the film and to no surprise, they happen. So because of that, there’s no shock or real kind of hard hitting drama that I’m looking for. Even though its predictable, you do feel for the characters. Everyone was cast extremely well and they fit their characters persona brilliantly. Because of this, when we hit the finale of the film, you are left interested to see where the characters paths take them in the future. I was left at the end wanting to see more from these characters in another film to get a check up on their whereabouts after a couple of years. That feeling was a major positive for the film; we actually had characters that were interesting enough to see more of.
The Intervention does enough to keep you interested but it does suffer from being massively predictable. Because of that, nothing on screen actually shocks you when it does ultimately happen. But in stark contrast, the characters are very enjoyable to watch and because there are so many, it’s easy to switch from one to another to keep it interesting. 3.5 out of 5 stars.