Darlin' is a 2020 movie based on the book Darlin' by James Patterson. The movie is a sequel to the first book of the Patterson series, Darlin' author James Patterson added a cameo to this movie in the form of a cameo from the late Hollywood star Heath Ledger. Following the death of Heath Ledger, some critics questioned the reason for the inclusion of the actor, but as previously mentioned Ledger was still in peak physical condition when he died and his performance was accepted with open arms by all who had seen him in action.
Darlin' is a family drama as a young boy, who we first meet in the book, becomes the object of the parents' fascination. All of this is centered around a girl named Georgina "Ginger" Darlin, whose mother dies in childbirth. We also meet Georgina's father, who is a legendary raconteur and master manipulator, so it is with his daughter that the attentions of this passionate husband and father are focused. But in doing so, our young heroine ends up with a difficult fate: she becomes the object of the husband's passion for the rest of her life.
However, this movie involves more than just a love triangle. There is also a secret plot that has to be exposed in order to save the woman from certain death, a plot involving an ex-pro wrestler, a crazy heroin addict, and a car thief. All these characters are played by some of the most popular actors of today.
Among the big names that appear in this movie are Morgan Freeman, Susan Sarandon, Brandon Lee, Brad Pitt, Patrick Fugit, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Drew Barrymore, and Rachel Bilson. Of course, the lead role belongs to Reese Witherspoon, as Ginger Darlin. She portrays the role of a woman on the edge of a mental breakdown, plagued by memories of a gruesome past.
The storyline of the first book of the Darlin' series was written as a mystery novel, but in the movie it is more of a thriller with a dark twist. A number of scenes of the book were incorporated into the movie, however, including those which involve the character of Lucille, a childhood friend of Darlin' whose fate is intertwined with the crime plot. Some scenes, such as those of Ginger's childhood, were shot for the first time, while others where not in the original text.
In addition to that, there is also a recurring theme that is related to the Siamese twins, in which the concept of "the real world" as seen by her character is displaced. Of course, her life as portrayed in the movie, is more realistic, as she leaves her home and travels the world in search of something. An integral part of the plot is the discovery of a cemetery where the remains of a murder victim once lay, and she eventually discovers a hidden treasure buried in the same place.
The acting in the movie is excellent, and the special effects may be too spectacular for some audiences. This movie is not for everyone, though. It may not be appropriate for children, since the scene in which she washes her face is shown in detail.
This film is set to be released on DVD on October 27th and is expected to receive good reviews from critics, and will be shown at various film festivals and film houses throughout the US. This movie is expected to be an instant hit, due to its unique plot, gripping plot twists, and of course, the acting talents of Reese Witherspoon.