Get ready for a rush of COVID movies as filmmakers clearly smelled an intriguing movie gimmick during the year on lockdown. One of the first such movies is Together, which doesn’t look too bad actually. James McAvoy (the X-Men movies) and Sharon Horgan (Game Night) play a married couple whose love has long-since festered into bitter resentment but are now forced to spend every waking hour together in quarantine. Will a year on lockdown sever the final strands of their bond or weave it back together stronger than it ever was? Writer/director Stephen Daldry is the filmmaker behind Billy Elliot, The Hours and The Reader, so a happy ending isn’t necessarily guaranteed here though the trailer certainly feints one direction.
McAvoy is compulsively watchable and it’s nice to see him back in homespun drama after several years on the superhero circuit. Horgan has spent a lot of time honing her biting marital dialog on Catastrophe, so she’s clearly ready to do good work in a setup like this. And whatever your feelings on the lockdown angle, Together does look like a movie that might show a side of marriage rarely portrayed on film: one that’s worth fighting for even when the people involved don’t really feel like it.