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.
While I am critical of Glass Onion for its disappointing comeuppance (coming on the back of a satisfying reveal to then suddenly breach the confines of the film’s perceived reality with a swelling conclusion that feels unrealistic and unfortunately alleviates vital guilt from characters who are still culpable), it becomes impossible to diminish the emotional satisfaction at watching this satire acknowledge the pending rage and frustration that the audience has for a large margin of the characters at its center.
The performances are nothing shy of brilliant, particularly Keke Palmer who manages to imbue Peele’s film with a vibrancy that excels beyond even his most alluring characters in works past. The resolution of the film does work to its detriment as it refuses to capitalize on interpersonal dilemmas that set the stage for thematic arcs.
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.