The just-released fall slate of 43 films coming to Netflix during the final months of 2021 will close out a busier-than-ever year for the streamer on the movie front. With Netflix having easily fulfilled its promise of releasing at least one new movie a week, every week, this year. And some of its biggest yet are still to come, including such high-profile releases as Don’t Look Up (starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence), as well as Red Notice (with Gal Gadot, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Ryan Reynolds). With the latter, in fact, set to be the biggest movie Netflix has ever made. In terms of big titles just-released, meanwhile, those include the new Jason Momoa-led Sweet Girl — which rocketed to the #1 spot on the streamer’s Top 10 chart.
Sweet Girl — now streaming on Netflix
In the film, Momoa plays a devastated husband who vows to avenge his wife’s death. While also protecting his daughter (Isabela Merced) in the process. What sets everything in motion is the movie’s fictional pharmaceutical company pulling a potentially life-saving therapeutic from the market. They do so right before Momoa’s wife in the movie dies from cancer. “But when his search for the truth leads to a deadly encounter that puts Ray and his daughter Rachel in harm’s way,” Netflix’s synopsis explains, “Ray’s mission turns into a quest for vengeance in order to protect the only family he has left.”
— isabela merced (@isabelamerced) August 20, 2021
Director Brian Andrew Mendoza has been a producing partner with Momoa for over a decade now. After they finished the final season of Frontier for Netflix, they got the Sweet Girl script and immediately fell in love with it.
Unfortunately, that same feeling doesn’t seem to have translated to the critics and viewers who’ve watched the movie thus far.
As of the time of this writing, Sweet Girl has an 18% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 40 reviews. The reviews from viewers are a little better, but still not great. The movie has a 44% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, based on more than 250 ratings.
From The Hollywood Reporter: “The film’s true stars are the stunt and fight coordinators who render these clashes in visceral, mostly realistic fashion, although they eventually lose impact through their sheer repetitiveness.”
According to Netflix, Mendoza’s inspirations for Sweet Girl’s aesthetic include movies like No Country for Old Men. The work of photographers like Saul Leiter also influenced some of his directorial choices. Mendoza even kept various photography books in his office and backpack while shooting. And since Leiter is especially known for incorporating reflections into his work? Mendoza often makes Rachel look like a visual reflection of her father.
Sweet Girl debuted on Netflix this past weekend and is available to all subscribers to stream now.
Sweet Girl on Netflix is so good. Talk about a plot twist hunny OMG pic.twitter.com/3ZIT7Mlaz1
— ✨QueenKay✨ (@kaay_bizzle) August 21, 2021