Horror movies have never been my forte, but as with any dying genre, it’s only natural for filmmakers to innovate and try new techniques. I’d like to think Hollywood has made this shift just for me; Average Joe Shmoe Movie Watcher. Because it wasn’t until the last year or two that I finally started to see horror movies I LOVE. Movies like: Get Out, A Quiet Place, Annihilation. All heavy hitters. Bird Box loses originality points for me (although it was a book first), but at least I could SEE what they were going for (note the pun). In other words, I don’t like the standard cut/copy horror movies you have to watch through the cracks in your fingers. I like the ones that can keep you on the edge of your seat with suspense and thrills. And I don’t think I’m alone on this island.
Escape Room is a horror movie that can easily be added to the second category I mentioned. Six strangers, all sole survivors from past accidents and tragedies, somehow find themselves in a maze of deadly mystery rooms, and must use their wits to survive. I say “somehow” as if they’re magically teleported into the escape room. The movie opens with each person receiving a puzzle box with the escape room location inside, but as for who sends them these mysterious boxes, well, that’s still a mystery. The movie does a great job at expediting this intro and getting all the players to where they need to be. One of whom, is an escape room aficionado that gives everyone (including the audience) a crash course on escape rooms and how they work. It’s not long after this explanation that they find themselves trapped in a room sized oven!
Honestly, the brilliance of this movie is how intricate each escape room is. For every clue they solve, another obstacle presents itself. And there’s no time for the characters (or audience) to catch their breath, because these rooms are literally designed to be deadly. Any hesitation or false move on their part could be their last. These are the kind of non-stop thrills that separate Escape Room from your average horror movie. Highly recommend if you’re looking for something edgy and outside the box. “Thank you for your service”. Happy Watching!
I wouldn’t normally describe any movie as “perfect”, but after my most recent viewing of James Cameron’s Titanic, I’ll have to change that rule. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have the sort of chemistry that other on-screen couples can only dream of achieving. That’s impressive by itself, but the rest of the movie is shot so beautifully, you might forget this movie is 3 hours long! The only VHS I can remember that needed 2 separate tapes! It’s ironic, because what I found particularly interesting on this repeat viewing was the fact that you could look at Titanic as 2 completely separate movies. The first half is a romantic drama, telling the age-old story of forbidden love. The second half, however, is an action thriller. Once the Titanic hits the iceberg and the ship begins to sink, the movie becomes about survival. And because of the blossoming love we witnessed in the first half of the film, the gravity of the situation is only heightened. I’ve seen the movie at least 10 times, and even thought I know how it ends, it doesn’t take away from my enjoyment of the film. The journey that James Cameron takes us on is beautifully inspired and I can’t recommend this movie enough. I’m not crying, you’re crying! Happy watching.
“I’m the king of the world!”
This roller coaster of a movie is quick out of the gate and does not slow down! At first, that’s not exactly in the film’s favor, but if you can forgive how easily the main character finds the “Death Note”, you’re in for a wild ride! The notebook is connected to a death god, and kills whoever’s name is written inside. It’s a solid concept and it’s actually an adaptation from Japanese comics (manga). I never read the comics, but the movie is very engaging. My biggest issue is that once the main character figures out the powers of this “Death Note” book, he immediately tells his high school crush. Like seriously, the guy has known this girl for maybe a week or two and he goes and tells her about the crazy phenomenon that is the “Death Note”. That’s my main issue, but of course he only tells her so she can betray him later. That wasn’t much of a surprise, but the rest of the movie was very thrilling!
Lakeith Stanfield is someone to watch out for in the coming years. He is a regular on Donald Glover’s show Atlanta and he’s stared in a handful of movies already. His acting is superb and he’s one of the highlights in this dark movie.
This movie was an instant classic and continues to impress on repeat viewings. Spoilers aside, we don’t get villains as ruthless as Javier Bardem’s character in this movie anymore. His performance alone is worth watching, but everyone else in this movie is cast perfectly as well! The Coen brothers, once again, deliver a solid A film. Happy Watching.