Something innocent and endearing twisted into something so unnerving. A smile. But not a happy smile. Or is it? Picking up where “It Follows” left off, this film will fray your nerves as your left in a constant state of unease, not knowing what is real and what’s a facade.
Spectacular acting, brilliant cinematography, and a perfect score combine in this masterpiece of modern horror… and to think they were going to relegate this to Paramount+.
This movie perfectly balances tones that the “Black Christmas” remake butchered. The characters are just annoying enough that you kind of care about them, but can still root for their deaths. There’s just the right amount of self-awareness in the plot. And the characters are all portrayed to a T… and the soundtrack is an absolute banger. Don’t expect Oscar’s, and you’ll thoroughly enjoy this whodunnit thriller.
Holy crap… despite my love of roller coasters, I’m deathly afraid of heights. This movie spends most of the runtime atop a rusting retired TV tower as the two main characters make every attempt to accidentally meet their demise. Needless to say, it took a couple years off my life as I squirmed, jumped, and kept my eyes closed through certain passages. Still catching my breath.
Aside from the personal drama, the movie was quite good at what it set out to do, which was present a great action thriller. Tight hour and a half run time, just enough story to hold the action together, and a hellacious twist that I should have seen coming. (Facepalm)
Your move, Dr. Strange. The bar has been set for multiverse movies.
I’m still not precisely positive about how to explain this A24 home run, other than to say you will cycle through all the feels by the time the credits roll. A wonderful tale of family, the meaning of life, and our relationship with others is a wonderfully whimsical adventure across the dimensions to drive the points home. A lot of this runtime will be spent with your jaw on the ground. They take a lot of risks, and they all pay off in the end. Keep up the great work, A24!
Side note – The song you can’t quite place that serves as the film’s title theme is “Absolutely” by Nine Days. Makes about as much sense as everything else. It is, after all… a story of a girl…
“A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.” – Oscar Wilde
I KNEW there was more to the old man than met the eye!
Zoey Deutch got me into the theater. This one-room play put to film that has better twists and turns than most trying to be mystery films kept me there and engaged until the credits rolled. It was like “Phantom Thread” meets “Goodfellas,” and I was all-in. The actors all do a superb job of slowly revealing their true selves and motives and keep the audience guessing almost until the film’s final frame. It was indeed a work of art.