Review: The Greatest Hits (SXSW 2024)


Title: The Greatest Hits
MPA Rating: PG-13
Director: Ned Benson
Starring: Lucy Boynton, Justin H. Min, David Corenswet
Runtime: 1 hr 34 mins

What It Is: Following a deadly car crash that killed her beloved boyfriend Max (Corenswet) Harriet (Boynton) is now transported to the events in her life that occurred when she first heard a song with Max whenever she hears the song. This has, obviously, lead to some inconvenient timing on these “trips”. Now she’s trying to move past, but grief is a powerful enemy. When she meets a fellow grieving individual in David (Min) the two may be exactly who each other has been looking for.

What We Think: There’s a romance to sharing music with someone. That film understands this. The intimacy with which Harriet experienced her love for Max is so eloquently put together by Ned Benson. He is a director that understands the human experience of falling and being in love. Look no further than his brilliant trilogy of experience that is The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby a film that tells the same love story from three different perspectives (His, Hers and Them). So giving us alternative looks and love and relationships isn’t new to him. Lucy Boynton is wonderful here. Charismatic, distressed and manic in places. Justin H. Min is absolutely terrific as well and brings so much to a role that is super important. Everything in this film looks amazing. Everything in this film SOUNDS amazing. That’s the secret sauce of this film. The soundtrack! Nelly Furtado, Lana Del Rey, and even a cover of Friday I’m in Love by The Cure performed by Phoebe Bridgers! It all absolutely works and add that something extra here.

Our Grade: A-, I adored this film. This is the type of thing I love. Romantic, full of great music and wonderfully shot. It is a film that features endless rewatchability. Ned Benson is such a visual storyteller and he’s the exact kind of director who can make a premise such as this work. Now I just need him to make more then one film per decade. Ned, buddy. I need more! I want more!

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