August 29, 2015 at 7:50 am #193317
Alex Ross Perry’s (Listen Up Philip) new film ‘Queen of Earth’ is a throwback to 70s psychological thrillers (including being shot on 16mm film), and it stars Elisabeth Moss, Katherine Waterston, and Patrick Fugit.
Right now the film has a 96% on Rottentomatoes and 80/100 on Metacritic, with rave reviews for Moss and Waterston.
Having watched it last night, I can attest to those raves being justified. Elisabeth Moss is flat-out amazing as Catherine, a woman who is at a low point in her life after recently losing her father (he committed suicide), and suffering a breakup with her boyfriend. Her best friend Virginia (Waterston) takes her to her family’s lake house to get away from everything and try to help her snap out of her depression. What transpires is a complete mental breakdown, as Catherine slowly but surely spirals out of control, questioning Virginia’s intentions.
As brilliant as the aforementioned Moss is, Waterston is her equal in a complex role that requires a very tricky balance between friend and foe. Is Virgina really looking out for Catherine? Or is she the menace that Catherine is starting to suspect that she is?
Patrick Fugit plays a key supporting role as Rich- a neighbor who has a romantic interest in Virginia- and his presence only serves to further drive a wedge between the two best friends. Fugit hasn’t been this good in a while, and he makes Rich darkly sexy, and adds just the right amount of mystery and danger to his role.
I also really loved the way that the score by Keegan DeWitt and the cinematography by Sean Price Williams add to the tone and mood of the film, perfectly evoking the 70s feel that Perry is so clearly going for.
This won’t even get within a million miles of the academy, but I’m hoping that the Independent Spirit Awards or some critics group will remember this one at year’s end, particularly the powerful, haunting performances by Moss and Waterston.
Here’s the trailer- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzPgN8eEI-c August 29, 2015 at 12:04 pm #193319
I haven’t seen it yet, but I am most certainly going to watch it as soon as my little eyes let me (hopefully even today!)
Listen Up Philip was a masterpiece, and I am so looking forward to this one!