Aside from the ample amounts of black comedy and none-too-subtle satire, Fiennes’ performance in The Menu is what ultimately drives the narrative and makes Swolik such a memorable character.
Don’t Worry Darling is certainly watchable. If nothing else, director/co-star Olivia Wilde has put together a film that’s always aesthetically interesting, though I think most of us would happily trade some surface gloss for a surprise or two.
Emergency Declaration benefits from earnest performances, engaging characters – some well-developed, others deliberately broad – and plenty of suspenseful set-pieces, the highlight being a scene in which the out-of-control plane begins to roll, as seen from inside the cabin. And despite its length, the film is tons of high flying fun, seldom slowing down long enough for us to question its less plausible moments.
The film is loaded with surprises, from the narrative structure right down to the characters. It isn’t gonna be everyone’s cup of tea, but adventurous fans who appreciate having their expectations repeatedly confounded might find this to be a slice of horror heaven.
Beast benefits from a brisk pace, well-executed action and strong characters…even if a couple of ‘em are sometimes annoyingly stupid (hey, they’re teenagers). While it’s certainly no Jaws, this film is recommended for anyone who gets their kicks seeing nature strike back.
Orphan: First Kill eventually veers away from horror to become more of a cat & mouse thriller once every character’s cards are on the table, which I suppose was inevitable. Esther is still an unnerving creation, but her power to instill true dread ended with the first film, so pitting her against even worse foils takes this story in an unexpected and interesting direction. The scenario also lends itself to some welcome bits of black comedy.