Edgar Wright seems to polarize with this movie. Although generally speaking the majority seem to love this as much as I did. Or in similar fashion – no pun intended. And for a genre movie it starts off … well off (weird). You don’t get a shocker, quite the opposite it starts off with a music number/dancing. Which makes sense when you think about it in hindsight and still sets a tone for the viewer – even if not one that is as menacing as the movie becomes later on.
Technically speaking the movie is impeccable. Anyone arguing differently surely has not seen far lesser movies produced than this and is probably blinded by the fact they don’t like the movie. Which is more than fine, just don’t let your dislike turn into a general bashing. One does not have to like a movie that is well made. We have different tastes and that is a good thing.
There are things that depending on how you view things, may feel like flaws or things the movie did not get right. Like the moral ambiguity or the love interest. The latter may feel a bit one dimensional, but ask yourself this: how many female love interests have been played or rather written the exact same way? So this is nothing unusual – unless you count the gender swap for who is playing the gullible and way too nice person to be real … having said that, again that may not be enough to sway you to like the movie or the characters.
And the moral issues the movie displays including an ending that some may not be entirely left satisfied with (character choices and so much more) – with many unanswered questions … on the other hand, some things are better left without an answer, so we as viewers can fill in the blanks.
Stylish and probably with quite a few in-camera effects (I imagine certain tricks were used to avoid a higher special effects cost, but I may be wrong), this movie has a few exquisite jump scares and a really good story as a backbone. Oh and before I forget, a great cast. It has been ages since I last saw Terence Stamp on the big screen … Covid aside of course.
Anyway, really good genre movie by a director who knows what he wants – for an audience who mostly seems to appreciate it.
Review by kosmasp