The Last Thing He Told Me Premiere Recap: Jennifer Garner Thrills In This Eerie Mystery From Apple TV Plus

written by Evan L. Jackson 

  Patiently waiting on my date in front of the famed Regency Theater in Westwood,California it dawned on me that I had nevr seen the trailer for the new thriller 'The Last Thing He Told Me' from Apple TV Plus. I had gone off the stregth of doing simple math. Jennifer Garner, really loved her in Alias and a great talent, plus Apple TV Plus, who makes top tier quality shows, make for a winning equation. I was so right in my calculations and the cherry on top? Produced by actress and leader of the Hello Sunshine imprint Reese Witherspoon. I said OF COURSE with a sigh of relief. Of course Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine production company which as produced a slew of hits like: Things We Lost In The Fire on Hulu, Where The Crawdads Sing(which was sleeper hit at the box office), and recently Daisy Jones & The Six for Prime Video. What makes The Last Thing He Told Me work as a thrilling drama is it does not rely on the massive talent of Jennifer Garner, it's mysterious disappearance of a main character almost leaves you mind running wild. But also what is comforting is the tug and pull of the step mom and step daughter dealing with this unfortunate ordeal. 


   The Last Thing He Told Me is based on the best selling novel by Laura Dave. Going all the way up to #1 on the New York Best Selling List, it was an instant hit. Jennifer Garner plays Hannah Michaels, wife to Owen Michaels portrayed by Game of Thrones alum Nikolaj-Coster Waldau. With the daughter of Ownen, being played by the talented Angourice as Bailey Michaels. Owen dissapears out of nowhere and leaves little clues in the form of post notes to his wife and daughter. That opens up a cast of characters that hint to Hannah that Owen isn't who he says he is. My favorite part of this one hour preview of this mini series which you can see on Apple TV Plus is the dynamic between Hannah and her step daughter Bailey. This is attributed to Jennifer and Angourice's performances. That tension between them that only swells in every scene is quickly dispersed when they realize they are in it together with solving the mystery of someone they love. From Hannah's perspective she's barely keeping it together while trying to get through to a hard headed Bailey. A distrustful Bailey slowly recognizes that Hannah and her are the only ones who aren't suspicious of Owen. 

  As the credits rolled, the audience clapped, and my date leaned over and she said "Is it a series or a movie?" I said "It's a series" And a part of me felt it was a missed opportunity to to say the old HBO adage but remix it a bit. "It's Apple TV Plus". The quality of shows on the streamer sets such high bar. And this maintains the standard with its cinematic feel. We need more thrillers, we need miniseries we can't quite figure out but draws us in. And that is exactly what The Last Thing He Told me delivers. 


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