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    Icecreamben wasn’t joking about not watching if you have a weak stomach lol. I was fully not prepared for some of the scenes, especially the head smashing ones.

    But overall, I thought this film was actually good. It’s unsettling, visually stunning, and while there aren’t any jump scares, you get scared. It creeps up on you. This entire film was such an entertaining bad trip.

    Florence Pugh’s acting is top-notch. She was fantastic.

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    This was a visceral and visually stunning experience. In the moment, the overwhelming uneasiness of the film washed over me completely and by the end of the film, you kind of come to realize that the plot is not as hard to follow as you think it is. However, it is Ari Aster’s direction and the cinematography, score, and production design that lend to this complete trip that is unsettling and exciting. As others have said, I would maybe not necessarily classify this as a horror film although there are undoubtedly scary moments. The flex of having the scares be presented so matter of fact was impressive. This film doesn’t rely on jump scares, and the scariest things are what you can see in front of you clearly and can’t avoid. “Hereditary” had a lot of those too, but was also a bit more traditionally scary in the third act. As a result, the film does not necessarily have a wild and twisted climax, but rather plays out as you expect it will. That’s not necessarily a bad thing because of the artistry onscreen. The screenplay had its moments, particularly the funny one-liners and the very subtle explorations of toxic masculinity that underline the whole film, but it was not the highlight of the film. This was, first and foremost, a visual showcase. Florence Pugh was absolutely great and her transformation in her facial expressions within a single shot really made you buy into the deep trauma her character has experienced that leads her to react as she does and informs her arc throughout the film. The way she floats between joy, dread, intoxication and confusion during that dance competition was stellar. Considering the good early word about her performance in “Little Women,” she is someone to watch out for in the next few years. I’ve also been waiting for another great Jack Raynor performance as I really liked what he brought to the table in “Sing Street,” and he just nailed this character. I also really liked Will Poulter, Vilhelm Blomgren and William Jackson Harper in these supporting roles. Poulter brought the comedic relief, Blomgren became more and more interesting as his intentions became clearer, and Harper shed any sign of his character from “The Good Place.” I think the film will stick with me for a while because of the strong visuals and unforgettable images.

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    Intriguing experience that gets under your skin. I was surprised how apathetic those characters were – after first shocking event they should try to get the hell out of there, team up with Simon & Connie but no, they were all “That was some strong sh*t, right?” and trusted Pelle no matter what. No “Dude, WTF is going on here?” either for some reason, only more apathy, stupidly drinking and eating whatever those people were giving them.

    Perhaps that was the point. Even together all of those characters were separated – Josh (seemingly ageless William Jackson Harper, the only actor from the cast I knew, once again playing the smart one like he does on “The Good Place”) was the only one trying to actually use the experience to write his PhD, Mark was Stifler of this group and comic relief (his sociopathic “Why didn’t you take me?” after the first traumatic event was perhaps the funniest moment) and Christian not really strong enough to achieve success in either his relationship, his studies or standing for himself against other people. His sex scene was the weirdest I have ever seen in cinema (and funny too). Dani’s trauma was the reason why she went in the first place. “Did he ever feel like home to you?” – Pelle asks her about Christian. The answer is obvious and from that moment on you know what the end game’s gonna be for her.

    The film was surprisingly funny as hell, yet the sense of dread and inevitable bad endings from those characters is chilling, like a car crash you see happening in front of your eyes. That’s more my kind of horror than “Us” was – sometimes less is more.

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    Thatcher, Prime Minister of GoldDerby
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    Darlings, this was… weird. Better than Hystereditary? For sure. Flowerence Pugh easily outacted Hysterical Collette and really delivered. I wouldn’t be mad if she gets a nod. It was visually great, unlike Hystereditary. But at the end it still felt too violent and weird for my taste. It lacked some class. And it clearly has some disgusting and offensive moments. Thatcher was horrified.

    LENA HEADEY hasn't got an Emmy for Game of Thrones????? Emmys you need to win her right now!!

    Lena Headey ("Game of Thrones") for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

    If Lena Headey doesn't win the Emmy, I'm leaving GoldDerby forever.

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