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Beautifully shot and subtly haunting to its core. 'The Return' is a good film about the relationship between a father and his two sons when he mysteriously returns after 12 years. This is tense and not sugar-coated in the least! Good stuff.
Ah. A film delving into my deepest and darkest fear: evil, murderous children. Points for making them insanely creepy. In fact, after the introduction, the first seven scenes or so have wonderfully creepy atmosphere. The sense of ominous foreboding is done so well, until you realize just how illogical and dumb the main character is. Then, when you think he's going to make a logical decision, his wife (who shows better survival instinct than him before this point of realization) becomes just as dumb and flat as him. It's unfortunate, because the creep level is so high, but the main characters keep balancing each others' stupidities out with more stupidities.
One of the big things stopping the characters from doing anything logical in here is the fact that the antagonists are children. Well, both characters see them kill adults without remorse, yet they still are like, "well, should we kill these kids? They're children!" at the most critical points. Excuse me, but if I were in this situation, I'm pretty sure I'd have no issues taking them out.
Anyway, this is filled with lots of promise. It's just too bad that this gravely dark tale is hindered with a lot of annoyances.
Unfortunate Asian stereotypes and plot holes galore!
Yes, this film deserves a 10/10. Why? It is uncompromisingly the most realistic, naturalistic, relatable film I have ever seen in ANY language. Jake Johnson, Olivia Wilde, and Anna Kendrick in particular exce in their roles, which they make look so breezy. This is honestly one of the most refreshing and satisfying movies you'll ever see. Not a single moment is forced. Not. A. Single. Moment. That's unprecedented. This is an extremely special film. I cannot praise it enough. It is a gem.
Really funny! Particularly like the performances by Lake Bell, Rob Corddry, and Michaela Watkins. Only one scene I didn't like, and that concerns an ol' generic Hollywood speech near the end. But otherwise, good stuff!