Mary Poppins Returns
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An effective and unsettling neuro-psychological thriller
An intriguing if not-entirely-successful horror effort...
down in the basement the film's dual status as indie buddy movie and psychological horror converges into one.
It seems destined for cult status. [Full review in Portuguese.]
as emotionally engrossing as it is suspenseful while it explores the terror and absurdity that lurk just below the surface of theoretical normality
Relying on a flat center performance and horror cliches, the film is unable to think outside of its confines.
...a low-budget flick that leaves you guessing to the last minute....
...plays like mumblecore that gradually gets twisted into paranoia like something George Noory or Alex Jones might discuss on late-night radio.
They Look Like People wouldn't be nearly as effective if the relationship at its core wasn't so involving and affecting.
The character work and humanity impress, but thankfully the film never lets the depth and heart get in the way of the creepy, terror-inducing bits.
Masculinity is such a fragile little thing, and this is a creepy low-budget psychological thriller that offers a curious take on the male fear of losing power and control of his life/world, but it is just a pity that the movie is a bit predictable and has a rather implausible ending.
I always say this, but I don't expect this review to be a really long one. And I hope that's really the case this time. Though it wouldn't surprise me if this ends up being just as long as my regular reviews, because I just find shit to talk about. Anyway, this is a damn good psychological horror that focuses more on Wyatt's mental health issues and whether what he says is actually true or not. If you're looking for a straight-up horror, then this is the wrong movie for you, since it relies mostly on Wyatt perceiving that the people around him have been replaced by creatures, who look just like people...as if that wasn't obvious, who want to take over the world and how they'll start a war once they have enough numbers on their side. The film deals with Wyatt's preparations, as he's one of the only few people on earth that is able to distinguish who is a monster and who is a real, as he is visiting his friend in New York. Wyatt receives phone calls every night giving him instructions or telling him to not trust anybody he knows as they could've been taken over by the creatures. The thing about the movie is that it does have a sense of humor, in spite of telling a very serious story, about one man's struggles with certain mental issues that have him believing that the world is being taken over by creatures that look just like human. I'm not saying the movie is hilarious, it's not that, but there are some instances where the movie will make you laugh. But I think it also serves in strengthening the friendship that Christian and Wyatt used to have before Christian went off to college and didn't see him again until the film's events. And, really, at it core, this movie is all about that friendship between them. It's not a male bonding, dudebro movie, which is what people seem to think whenever they see a movie about guys bonding, an absurd notion. The movie is more about Christian being there for his best friend in his time of need. Even if what Wyatt believes eventually put Christian's life in danger. In a lot of cases, particularly in the case of schizophrenics, you would see some people distancing themselves from friends with this affliction due to fear that they may get violent at any moment. And I'm not judging anyone for that, people do what they must to feel the safest they can. Again, I'm not judging as I've never been put in a situation where I have a friend who's schizophrenic. But this film sees Christian stick around Wyatt when he needs him the most. Even if that means listening to every one of Wyatt's delusions and going along with the plan to escape or hide from the monsters. It even goes as far as Christian letting Wyatt tie him up to a chair with a gag in his mouth. So, again, the film is more about Christian's dedication to his best friend and how he's willing to do absolutely anything to help. And I thought that was a really smart choice, because, at the end, it doesn't boil down to Wyatt's issues, well I mean it does, but it's all bout the fact that Christian was willing to go with Wyatt on whatever he said in order to help him. That's a really smart choice, because it feels like something real and easy to relate to. That willingness to go as far as it takes for someone you love is something that, I thin, we can all relate to. And it also helps that the acting between MacLeod Andrews and Evan Dumouchel, Wyatt and Christian respectively, is really strong. It's probable that they were already close friends prior to this and that's why their friendship feels so genuine. Maybe they weren't and that's how talented they actually are, that they made it feel like they're friends in real life. The writing is also really smart. Because it gives you enough that's visually interesting, with Wyatt seeing the transformations in people that are, not necessarily gruesome, but unsettling. But it also gives you the human side of it and that's just as important, if not even more so. So, yea, I really liked this movie. I think that there's some people that won't like the movie due to the fact that it's not a conventional "horror" movie, but I think a lot of people will like it because of that. I thought it was a damn good movie and I'd highly recommend it.
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