The Last Thing He Told Me Movie Cast: ‘The Last Thing He Told Me,’ adapted by Laura Dave and Josh Singer from Dave’s bestselling novel, is a thrilling Apple TV+ miniseries that kicks off with an irresistible mystery. Owen (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) disappears, leaving cryptic notes and a bag of cash for his wife, Hannah (Jennifer Garner), and his teenage daughter from a previous marriage, Bailey (Angourie Rice). As they dig into Owen’s life and motives, they uncover unexpected twists and revelations that keep the story moving at a steady pace.
The Central Performances
Despite the characters’ apparent blandness and the story’s pervasive sense of predictability, Jennifer Garner and Angourie Rice bring depth to their roles. Garner infuses Hannah’s sweetness with strength, making her a convincing protector, while Rice portrays Bailey’s teenage angst with vulnerability, allowing the audience to empathize with her character.
Exploring Familial Dynamics
As the series shifts focus from Owen’s whereabouts to the growing bond between Hannah and Bailey, it carefully develops their relationship, avoiding unnecessary conflict or unearned sentimentality. However, the series also largely avoids messiness, ambivalence, and nuance, making the family dynamics feel more theoretical than lived-in.
The Limitations of Perfection
The problem with the characters in ‘The Last Thing He Told Me’ is their almost flawless nature. Owen is portrayed as an ideal husband and father, while Hannah is an equally perfect wife and stepmother. This lack of flaws and quirks results in a sense of uniformity that, while easy to understand and support, makes the characters less interesting.
‘The Last Thing He Told Me’ is a miniseries filled with suspense, an engaging mystery, and some unexpected twists. However, the characters’ one-dimensional nature and the absence of messiness and complexity in their relationships leave the audience craving more depth and nuance. Nonetheless, the central performances by Jennifer Garner and Angourie Rice manage to breathe life into their characters and keep the series watchable throughout its seven episodes.
The Last Thing He Told Me Movie Cast
- Jennifer Garner as Hannah
- Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Owen
- Angourie Rice as Bailey
- Aisha Tyler as Jules
- Augusto Aguilera as Grady
- Frederick Lawrence as Eric Cousins
- Alex Denney as Concierge
- John Harlan Kim as Bobby Park
- Todd Stashwick as Avett Thompson
- Jennifer Khoe as Agent Naomi Wu
- Nick Thurston as Agent Jeremy O’Mackey
- Tyner Rushing as Max…
- Kayla Fuentes as Suz
- Emily Somers as Belle Watts-Thompson
- Sam Skolnik as Porter
- Isaac Jay as Shep
- London Garcia as Rochelle
- America Olivo as Andrea Reyes