Dee Rees Reflects on Netflix Misfire ‘The Last Thing He Wanted’: ‘It Felt Like a Rite of Passage’

Dee Rees Reflects on Netflix Misfire ‘The Last Thing He Wanted’: ‘It Felt Like a Rite of Passage’
The Last Thing He Wanted” was doomed from the start. Hopes were high at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival for director Dee Rees’ follow-up to the Academy Award-nominated “Mudbound,” but the film immediately suffered scathing reviews, dimming all hopes for its Netflix premiere. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Rees talked about how she’s made peace with the project, adapted from the 1996 novel by Joan Didion, and “would make that film again.”

“You take your knocks, you live and you learn, you try to do better,” said Rees, who broke out of Sundance in 2011 with her feature debut “Pariah,” and for whom a cascade of bad press was a new experience.

The Last Thing He Wanted” stars Anne Hathaway as a journalist covering the 1984 U.S. Presidential election who inherits her ailing father’s position as an arms dealer for Central America. The movie was beaten against the rocks in Park City,
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