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I May Destroy You
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What starts off promising quickly becomes a standard survival movie. It's not a horror movie at all. A very nice looking movie with decent acting makes it watchable. The writing sort of derails at the halfway mark of the film. The most interesting character is the military veteran who is teaching his brother and sister-in law about hunting and the relationship between prey/predator. Too bad (SPOILER) he is the first one killed off. It almost felt like a cheap trick by the writer to get the audience invested in the character most "likely to survive", only to be the first to die.
And I can't even go into how poorly the husband was badly written. It made no sense why this girl, Wit would continue to be married to such a blowhard workaholic. One who has absolutely no sense of what is best for her. And his ideas for survival in the movie were laughable. Also, he's so quick to blame his veteran brother and his supposed PTSD for the misfortune they go through. What a total dickhead.
The one thing the movie does well is hold out the twist of the movie. I sorta guessed early on what the identity of the antagonists would be...but the way its revealed is incredibly well done. The director humanizes the antagonists (one of them being asthmatic) which was a nice surprise, after making us scared of them with their masks and quiet brute force.
But shortly after the reveal is announced, the intimidation behind the antagonists goes away. They suddenly become less imposing, and their strength completely disappears, making them look like clowns. Perhaps this was done so that the girl could have a more leveled playing field as she fights them, but it was noticeable and jarring.
I liked it for what it was, but it could've been better. I liked the concept of the silent masked killers the best. It was very effective and kept me watching to the end.
A John Waters wannabe tries to make the most non-sensical, bizarre gross-out stunt movie possible. Nothing in the movie even tries to make any sense. For that reason, I didn't enjoy it. It's meandering, incoherent and ultimately, pointless?
I will say Michael St. Michael's has charisma and all of his scenes are interesting to watch, even if his character Big Ronnie is purposely written to be the most disgusting, lewd character possible. I really disliked his character, but St. Michael makes Big Ronnie, somehow, tolerable? Sky Elobar as Big Brayden plays a low-IQ social retard, and his performance was like an impression of Will Ferrell and Mike Meyers. From the first minute of the movie, you already know who the greasy strangler is, so there's no intention of adding a mystery element or engage the viewer intellectually. If anything, the writing is completely condescending, it insults the viewer by continuing to watch, ramping up the nonsensical and absurdity. It's mostly a schlocky slasher, the death scenes reminiscent of the cheesy eyeball-popping gore from Troma horror. When you take away the stupid death scenes, it's just endless awkward scenes of a father and son trying to have sex with an overweight piece of flesh. They don't even try to write Janet as a credible female character, she's just a piece of flesh without an ounce of free thought or personality. I'm flabbergasted that so many people responded positively to this movie and this of it as a "cult" movie to watch with friends and at parties. I don't think it's even that entertaining to make fun of with friends. Really felt like an endurance exercise for degenerates who enjoy this kind of sick stuff. How far can they go? I didn't feel like puking at any moment during the film, I was just mostly bored and in disbelief that there's a market for this movie.
Pleasant surprise. The plot is pretty basic but it's a clever idea. I always like the mistaken identity genre. Kevin James did OKAY in this and he made me laugh, but this kind of movie could've been elevated by a stronger comic talent.
Nobody else finds this weirdly disturbing? A children's movie about a stunted growth man who looks like a baby?
Alien for the 2000's Crowd. They have no shame in rip off, do they?