The buzz around this film was big and while I knew it was “something weird” I had avoided watching any trailers or reading anything about it. I went in “dark”, not knowing what to expect. And I loved it… I think.
Directed by : Mimi Cave
Cinematography : Pawel Pogorzelski
Starring : Daisy Edgar-Jones , Sebastian Stan
Legendary Pictures | Hyperobject Industries
Coming into this film dark as I did, when this film finally hits the opening credits and the twist is revealed I have to admit that I didn’t see THAT coming. As I mentioned, all I knew about this film was that it gets “weird”. And boy does it.
What starts as a pretty cheesy “meet cute” romantic comedy quickly turns dark and left me feeling a little queasy. I’m not going to spoil anything though, so enough about the plot.
I really enjoyed the performance from both Daisy Edgar-Jones and Sebastian Stan. It was the perfect blend of jaded sweetness from her and charming slime ball from him. Though from the start he just gave off a vibe that had me really questioning how she couldn’t see through is fake-ness.
Here’s the thing about this film. While it isn’t the most gory, most terrifying, most… anything really… horror film I’ve ever seen, it lives and thrives in that space of embracing a slight bit of campiness while creating this 70’s era vibe in the modern day that combines just enough horror and unease with moments of dark humor.
When the film finished I had one thought.
I really enjoyed that… I think.
And as I’ve thought about it some for a few days I’ve come to feel that yes, I did enjoy the film. It was beautifully shot, I enjoyed the performances from our leads, and while it was a bit predictable it was still enjoyable.
The part that left me feeling a little hesitant is what also left me feeling a bit queasy and repulsed by the film. Without spoiling anything, there are a number of scenes in this movie that feature eating. These moments are largely filmed as close up shots on the actors as they take bites and chew. It’s like staring at someone eating, kinda gross. But what puts it over the top is the incredible sound design they’ve achieved in this film. They capture every smack of the lips, every juicy chewing sound, every swallow and honestly… it didn’t matter what they were eating, seeing and hearing these people eat just grossed me out some, but especially later in the film.
Overall though, it was an enjoyable few hours and I hope we see more on the big screen from Daisy Edgar-Jones as I thought her performance was terrific.
Fresh gets 4 out of 5 stars
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