This one fell flat primarily because I already knew the plot from watching the companion movie a week ago. There were a few elements added that we were not aware of and some more details, but they were not enough to save this for me. In fact, it made it worse. I really thought the Ashley character was way out of line as she tried to take over her sister’s successful, smart, and sophisticated restaurant and proceeded to make it over the way she thought it should be. She just steam-rolled over everybody with the small town homey vibe she wanted to project. Some of her ideas worked out, but that wasn’t the point. She was a loose cannon. Because of the first movie, I knew a crisis was coming and I couldn’t wait for Kimberly to yell at her.
The other reason was that I am just so tired of Ashley Williams, and I take no pleasure in saying that. I used to think she was a breath of fresh air. But now she comes across like a manic-depressive without the depressive. I really wanted the depressive. A few times she stopped smiling and bouncing off the walls but the respite didn’t last long enough. It’s probably not about her as a personality and actress but the parts she has been cast in lately. She needs to play a serial killer or something. Actually, she probably would be good at that. Especially if was one of those clown ones.
December 13, 2021