TOGETHER – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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I was not ready for the emotional roller coaster that is Together. It is funny and sad, sometimes in the same breath. It is a film so fresh and raw that it almost feels like you shouldn’t be watching it, and in more ways than one. It’s absolutely stupendous, a small — so very small — film that is hugely moving, and is so much bigger than it seems to be. So much more significant.

This is the tale of the first year of the coronavirus pandemic through the eyes of one London couple, who are never named and are referred to in the credits as merely He and She. Which could have come across as a cheap gimmick, except that the intimacy with which their lives are depicted never allows for that. Together is merely He and She (James McAvoy and Sharon Horgan) talking to each other, and how often do you say someone’s name in such a context? (You won’t even notice that they never say their names.) They also, very frequently, speak directly to the camera, directly to us, laughing and joking and raging and crying about the love-hate relationship they have been enduring, or so they say, purely for the sake of their young son, Arthur (Samuel Logan). Continue reading…

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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson is a freelance writer on film, TV, DVD, and pop culture from New York City and now based in London. She is the webmaster and sole critic at, which debuted in 1997 and is now one of the most popular, most respected, and longest-running movie-related sites on the Internet. Her film reviews also appear in a variety of alternative-weekly newspapers across the U.S. Johanson is one of only a few film critics who is a member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (the Webby organization), an invitation-only, 500-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities. She is also a member of the Online Film Critics Society. She has appeared as a cultural commentator on BBC Radio, LBC-London, and on local radio programs across North America, and she served as a judge at the first Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival at the 2003 I-Con, the largest SF convention on the East Coast. She is the author of The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride, and is an award-winning screenwriter. Read Johanson's recent articles below. For her archive, type "MaryAnn Johanson" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).