“You are happy?”
Egg opens with a set of distraught questions from a seemingly distraught female voice that are in turn answered by a seemingly confident firm female voice. This questions and the few last scenes in Egg quest for happiness in different world views.
The movie was released on January 18, 2019 in the United States and was distributed by Gravitas ventures. Stretching a little into half an hour, egg features highly satirical jokes that an average movie watcher might end up missing. It also addresses the conventional relationship between genders and mother-children relationship.
The characters in the movie are shaped to be symbolic with each representing different societal thought. The limelight however moved to Karen – Christina Hendricks and Tina – Alysia Reiner and their fear and motive for pregnancy for the greater part of the movie.
Karen and Tina, old friends from art school makes up the personification of predominant worldviews in the movie each switching between defending and attacking positions for most part of the movie. Wayne – Gbenga Akinnagbe and Don – David Alan Basche mainly served as sidekicks in the movie. Tina was initially portrayed as antagonistic, possessive and ‘un-nurturing’ –– a symbolism for a large population of men’s perception of feminists or strong women. Karen on the other hand is not entirely traditional but denote patriarch and tradition when basic biological necessities are concerned and it will be safe to say Tina is an economics feminist. A third character, Kiki is put at the thick of traditions with views that fully supports patriarchy society and opinions that come as stupid to Tina given her worldview.
The movie focuses on society stereotypes – evident in Karen and Don’s reactions to Tina’s worldview – and their counter arguments like economics – since it only took few seconds for the focus of the movie to shift to Tina and Wayne’s living situations and not to mention materialism which is a subject of one of Tina’s art. It moves on to women rights – especially during pregnancy and the right to not want children at all without being judged by society, traditional method of child birthing – with surrogate birth method and the paradoxes that follows been a major discussion for minutes and mother-child relationships all deftly woven to give the precise message intended by the movie. These are ingeniously designed by Risa Mickenberg to take the form of two old friends meet up that goes awkwardly aggressive. Our introduction to Tina’s art studio gives us insight to her inner turmoil which she suppresses to fulfil her ‘bi-solation’ terms with Wayne just before she swirled into another the offensive with Karen.
Egg is generally a good movie as it mixed seriousness and sharp conversations with comedy and not to mention seriously awkward moments. Although some jokes may not be understood or out rightly misunderstood by some movies watchers. It flexed good cinematography not to mention that virtually every scenes of the movie were made in an apartment and inside a Cadillac. Egg has intense background music that went from lively at the beginning of the movie to penetrating close to the end of the movie and a happy song at the end of the movie.
Rotten tomatoes gave the movie 100% rating, IndieWire 4/5 and IMdB 5/10 ratings. The movie gets a 4.5/5 rating from me.