Friday, March 29, 2024

With Love and a Major Organ (2024)

Movie Name/Year: With Love and a Major Organ (2024)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-fi 
Length:  1h 31min 
Rating: Unrated 
Director: Kim Albright 
Writer: Julia Lederer 
Actors: Anna Maguire, Hamza Haq, Veena Sood, Arghavan Jenati, Laara Sadiq, Ryan Beil, Ker├źn Burkett, Enid-Raye Adams,Miho Suzuki, Ken Godmere, Linda Pollard, Jennifer Copping, Michael Daingerfield, Lynda Boyd 
IMDb Blurb: In an alternate world where hearts are made of objects and suppressing emotions is self-care, a lonely woman rips out her own heart for the man she loves, only to discover that he has run away with it.
Cat’s Point of View: 
I was fascinated with the trailer for With Love and a Major Organ. The premise of this movie pairing humanity turning their life decisions over to an AI and the deeper fantastical sci-fi element of a heart being an easily removable object was a combination that definitely caught my interest. It felt like a fresh idea amidst a sea of recycled ones.
The trailer gave me just enough of a taste of those elements where I knew I wanted to learn more, and yet I wasn’t sure how strong the story was on top of that intriguing world-building.
When I sat down and watched With Love and a Major Organ, it all made glorious sense – and without needing further expansion on the setting or other world elements. There was strength in the simplicity here.
I didn’t expect this film to have as much of an emotional kick as it did. I resonated with more than I’d like to admit within this story. Whether it was the heartache or the wild choices of flying out of the nest and making new discoveries… there were so many layers and solid depth. The narrative even touched on themes of parental anxiety and a dystopian look at a society which reinforced, if not rewarded, the suppression of emotion.
There were plenty of fun elements within With Love and a Major Organ, too. I was giggling off and on throughout.
Let’s talk about cast. I loved Anna Maguire (The Hummingbird Project, Violation, The War Below) as Anabel. I was not entirely familiar with her work prior to this production, but you can bet I’ll be keeping my eye out for her now. She captured the emotional pendulum swings of her character so well – from whimsy to heartless.
I was, however, already familiar with Hamza Haq (My Salinger Year, Delia's Gone, Crashing Eid). I have really been enjoying his work on the medical drama, Transplant (2020-). With Love and a Major Organ showed me a new level of his range, and I am here for it.
With Love and a Major Organ wasn’t what I was expecting, but it was a pleasant surprise. I would gladly recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys a quirky rollercoaster ride with a sprinkling of humor.
With Love and a Major Organ is set for a limited theatrical release beginning today, March 29th; and will become available with a wider release in mid-April. 
Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score –  85%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – None 
Metascore – None 
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score – 7.7/10  
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating – 4/5

Trust the Dice: Parental Advisory Rating – PG-13
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