Director: Jordan Peele
Writer: Jordan Peele
Well wasn’t this just a dandy movie! I watched the trailer and I thought that it would be an interesting psychological thriller. The trailer itself does not provide you with a great deal of information. Without going into too many details, the story follows a family as they go on holiday where the mother of the family grew up. Turns out that she had a secret that she was hiding from when she was a little girl.
Anyway, what ensues are a couple of jump scares here and there, with some slick dialogue and some pretty good jokes. Not a lot was done on the development of the characters, and that may have been down to the run time of the movie. I also guess that as movie goers, the longer the movie the harder it is to concentrate. Having said that I may have answered my own question. Maybe the movie wasn’t long because the writers and directors didn’t have a budget that allowed or they didn’t have the content to fill in the gaps.
The movie is essentially a slasher/survival/comedy movie with a nice little cliffhanger at the end of the movie. The kills that happen in the movie are a little bit drawn out at times and as the movie progresses the ending seems predictable but not what you actually think. The main character’s past is also told quite well and it is not dragged out.
The scenery (or whatever it’s called in movies… cinematography?) is quite suitable for the movie and it is clear to me that they wanted to focus more on the story and some of the killings than trying to hoodwink the watchers with a steaming pile of dog vomit. The score for the movie was also excellent. The creepy music came in at all the right times and managed to maintain a sense of dread where necessary.
I hope that there a sequel to the movie. There could be a whole world that they could create from this movie and it could be very interesting. I hope they don’t hear me saying this, as overexcitement usually leads to sequels underdelivering.
All in all, I give this movie 3 sheering scissors out of 5. I would have given it more if the movie was a touch scarier. You could easily watch this movie at home… alone… at night and some die-hard horror fans would be fine.