THE STARLING “coulda, woulda, shoulda” been a great movie, but alas, it wasn’t. Amazing cast and subject matter, but ineptly written. 

THE STARLING  features Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, Kevin Kline, Timothy Olyphant, and Daveed Diggs. The subject matters were life after the loss of a baby, suicide, grief, and mental health issues. Plus there was the problem of a small, very territorial, starling that would not leave and became very combative. 

This film needed to dive deeper. The writing seemed trite and often reduced to a couple of one-liners for comic relief. It was, as if, the writers weren’t fully committed to creating a serious film or a comedy. My favorite scenes were between Melissa and Kevin. Powerful, moments of truth shared between two superb, veteran actors. If the director had chosen to stay there, the movie would have been so much more compelling. 

I also have to add what a waste of not using Timothy Olyphant more often. What the heck was he doing portraying a grocery store manager? Don’t get me wrong, he was a great manager, but very disappointing in the size of his role knowing his capabilities. 

THE STARLING is an example of how not to create excellence when given the opportunity. Star power is influencing me to leave this one up to the viewers to watch or not. It is available to stream on Netflix

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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