I don’t do a lot of movie reviews, but this film flew under the radar, so it’s worth the examination now that it’s out on DVD and streaming. The Circle is a film that feels relevant in its questions with a strong cast full of fandom favorites.
In the film, we meet our main character Mae, a quiet and impoverished but well-connected millennial who lives in a slummy suburb of San Francisco. When her friend Annie grants her an interview at the Facebook-esque social media company The Circle, Mae’s Cinderella story begins. When her choices simultaneously raise her to internet fame and alienate her from her family and childhood friend Mercer, Mae starts to lose faith in the world she’s become so connected to.
Based on the titular book by David Eggers, the film presents a cast of complex characters played by remarkable actors. It’s a fandom potpourri with star Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame, John Boyega from Star Wars Episode VII, and Karen Gillan, a certain Time Lord’s companion. Tom Hanks and Patton Oswalt round out the big names with plenty of excellent non-A-list actors.