I'm Your Woman - C+
Rated R, 120 minutes
The well-acted but uneven new Amazon Prime crime drama "I'm Your Woman" takes a look at the frustrations of woman on the run with her child. In spite of some strong performances and a few powerful moments, these pieces don't help the film to add up to much in the end.
Set in the 1970's, a woman named Jean ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's" Rachel Brosnahan) is forced to go on the run after her husband betrays his partners, sending her and her baby on a dangerous journey.
"I'm Your Woman" is a modestly compelling yet unsatisfying crime film directed by Julia Hart ("Stargirl") and co-written by Hart and Oscar-nominated producer Jordan Horowitz ("La La Land"). The handsome film has some good things going for it: a strong cast, a vivid production design that evokes the 1970's and an intriguing premise. However, the episodic film never really quite gels, and with a handful of plot holes, you realize that the film could've ended much sooner.
The highlight of the film is the strong, dramatic turn from Emmy-winner Brosnahan from "Mrs. Maisel," that really anchors the film well, and a nice change of pace for her; she has a few strong monologues that are the film's best moments, including one powerful one that ends with a Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Feel Like) A Natural Woman." She's well-supported by British stage actor Arinze Kene and Emmy-nominee Marsha Stephanie Blake ("When They See Us") as colleagues of Jean's husband who may hold some crucial information as to his whereabouts.
"I'm Your Woman" has been done better, namely by Gena Rowlands in 1980's "Gloria," directed her husband, the acclaimed John Cassevetes. This film could've used a stronger, more involving narrative, and big talents like Rowlands and Cassevetes to give the film more heft. Hart's direction is uneven, and as a result, the film is about 20 minutes too long, though it benefits from Brosnahan in the lead. "I'm Your Woman" is a lackluster crime drama that isn't terrible, but is a disappointment considering those involved.