Look Both Ways is one of the best Netflix movies this year



The cover for the movie on Netflix Look Both Ways

I had just finished a movie with my sister and her best friend when suddenly, I was blissfully alone. That is when I turned on Look Both Ways and I settled into my couch with a thick and fuzzy blanket around me. 

Look Both Ways has a very original plot. It follows a graduating college student, Natalie, played by Lili Reinhart. Natalie is planning on going to Los Angeles, United States, right after graduation to pursue a job in digital art. On the night of her graduation, she is at a large party and ends up taking a pregnancy test. At this moment, her life splits, and we watch what would happen if Natalie is pregnant and if she isn’t. This plot was so entertaining and new that I was completely engaged throughout the film, despite the fact that it was late, and I probably should have been sleeping.

The only complaint I have about the plot would be it was confusing at times. In the beginning, especially, it was difficult to tell which Natalie they were focused on. This was later fixed when they had the different Natalies in different colors, pregnant Natalie in blue and the other Natalie wore pink. This eventually helped clear my confusion on that part, but there were also moments I was lost due to the timeline. It was nearly impossible for me to tell when everything was happening, and I still don’t know how many years the movie covers. These were the only two negatives I found in the movie, and I find I cannot be too bothered by them because I enjoyed everything else in the film so much. 

One of the many aspects I loved was the characters. The main character was played perfectly by Reinhart; the difference between the two Natalies was small, but distinguishable, because of the wonderful acting Reinhart did. Pregnant Natalie hid her emotions better than the other Natalie, and pregnant Natalie put her daughter and other people above her in a more noticeable way than her LA version. I particularly appreciate the distinguishment between them, as it helped me later in the movie determine which Natalie I was watching.

Another character I appreciated, but wasn’t enthralled with, was the pregnant Natalie’s love interest: Gabe (Danny Ramirez). He was also the father of Natalie’s baby. I did not find anything to critique with Danny’s acting, but his character was boring. He was only there to be a love interest and had no personality traits besides being in a band and being in love with Natalie. I have the same issue with the non-pregnant Natalie’s love interest, Jake, who is played by David Corenswet. I have nothing to say for the actor because his character was so boring, he had nothing to really act with. He was slightly less of a bore than Gabe, as he focused on his career and was sarcastic, but he was an aspiring film director and in love with Natalie, and that’s all his personality entailed. There was one other character who, thankfully, wasn’t lifeless and dull.

Natalie’s best friend in both of her lives is Cara, played by Aisha Dee. She was lively, energetic, and absolutely bursting with personality which was immensely refreshing. In both lives, she was supportive and there for her friend while also accomplishing her own goals and ambitions. She was kind, sarcastic, loud, and had amazing style. 

Natalie’s best friend in both of her lives is Cara, played by Aisha Dee, she was lively, energetic, and absolutely bursting with personality which was immensely refreshing.”

Now, I am not a fashion person, but I appreciated the style in Look Both Ways without understanding fashion myself. As I said earlier, putting the Natalies in different colors helped differentiate them, and I loved every outfit from both of them. I also loved the originality in Cara’s outfits; she always looked outgoing while not looking outrageous. The outfits the characters were put in weren’t a large focal point, but I noticed each one helped show their personalities in a small way. Even the boring love interests’ outfits had something to do with their tiresome personalities, but Gabe typically wore a band t-shirt, and Jake commonly wore a sweater or a plain long sleeve. This is just one other aspect of the film I adored. 

Look Both Ways is a creative movie I am thrilled was executed in a way the originality of the plot and the astounding actors deserve.