What Would You Do?
“I’m Your Woman” follows a young housewife in the 1970s, married to a man who clearly operates outside of the law. However, unlike most of the crime films, this one is just a bit different. One day, Jean (Rachel Brosnahan) is greeted by her husband Eddie (Bill Heck) with an infant child. No name, no backstory; just a baby. One evening, Jean is awoken by an associate of Eddie’s hurrying her to grab the baby and leave with no explanation. A man named Cal (Arinzé Kene), is tasked with keeping Jean and the baby safe as they look for a new beginning. As their situation unfolds, Jean learns more and more about her husband, his criminal past, and everyone he’s affected along the way. But more importantly, she learns much more about herself.
The first major theatrical starring vehicle for Rachel Brosnahan, “I’m Your Woman” shows she won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. Her emotional range is on full-display, though it’s during her final 15 minutes that she really commands the screen. Arinzé Kene accompanies Brosnahan through the majority of the film as well; with his kind-hearted and compassionate “fixer” role feeling very authentic. Marsha Stephanie Blake’s performance as Teri (Cal’s wife) gives her the chance to show-off this badass, powerful, fully-independent woman that ain’t afraid of no man. The film mainly revolves-around this trio, but “I’m Your Woman” also involves a strong, well-rounded supporting cast. Frankie Faison, Marceline Hugot, James McMenamin, and Bill Heck each have their own moments to shine and give us important, though minimally fleshed-out side characters.
Rather than follow familiar tropes and storylines of the men working in the criminal underworld, “I’m Your Woman” gives us a look at the other side; the ramifications from the husband’s life of crime that leaves ripples throughout the rest of the family. A few films have done this as well in recent years (“The Kitchen” and “Widows”). The film puts us firmly in the wife’s shoes and makes us wonder how we would react if placed in a similar situation. The film also focuses squarely on the confusion, fear, and disbelief that is faced. There is no clear path, there is no clear end; you just have to stay the course and stay alive. The film also follows a very on-the-run type of plot development, though the film drags during its middle as our character’s journey too hits a wall. Coming-in at exactly 120 minutes, the film certainly would’ve benefited from some minor trimming. While the film is largely-carried by Brosnahan’s powerful performance, “I’m Your Woman” entertains just enough to be worthy of a stream but it just-misses its chance to catapult itself above its predecessors.
I’M YOUR WOMAN is rated R for violence and language, streaming on PRIME VIDEO ON DECEMBER 11TH!