Hereditary - Barney's Incorrect Five Second Reviews

Hereditary - Barney's Incorrect Five Second Reviews

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Well that was unsettling. Took me four days to come down from this movie and land in a safe enough place to be able to think about it again to write a review.

Some of the first few opening shots are filmed in such an off-putting way, that I was immediately reminded of The VVitch and I think there are some parallels in how half the audience is probably hoping it's actual supernatural forces at play, while the other half hope it's just some type of mental illness.

The performances really help sell this movie. Toni Collette does a solid job at the mother trying to figure it out (she might actually get recognition from the Oscars), while Gabriel Byrne has a commanding presence as the voice of reason.

Some disturbing imagery but lots of am-i-seeing-something-in-the-dark which personally freaks me out as I do that at home alone way too often. "Is that somebody standing in my daughter's empty room, or should I not have polished off that bottle of scotch?"

My recommendation for those that haven't seen this is to not read anything about it (other than brilliant spoiler-free reviews like this), as it's good fun trying to figure out the story on your own, and then talking about it afterwards.

I thought I was ready for this movie, but I don't think I was. I doubt you are too. I'm still affected by it. I really hope Ari Aster doesn't make more horror films, he's way too effective at it.

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Hereditary - Barney's Incorrect Five Second Reviews There Will Be Games

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Hereditary

I thought I was ready for this movie, but I don't think I was. I doubt you are too. I'm still affected by it. I really hope Ari Aster doesn't make more horror films, he's way too effective at it.

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Posted: 11 Jul 2018 08:49 by charlest #277311
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Totally agreed. One of the best horror films from recent years and it was all the better knowing almost nothing of the plot beforehand.
Posted: 11 Jul 2018 09:08 by Black Barney #277313
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Do you like the thumbnail I chose? I agonized for ten minutes trying to decide which image would be best. There were some really creepy choices but they had spoilers in them. I think the one I chose is a pretty good representation of what watching the movie is like.
Posted: 11 Jul 2018 09:10 by charlest #277314
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Yes, that is a good choice. Unsettling.
Posted: 11 Jul 2018 10:13 by Gregarius #277324
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Such a great, disturbing movie. Good review, although I think you undersell how great all of the performances are.
Posted: 11 Jul 2018 10:21 by SuperflyTNT #277327
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Yes, the thumbnail of your face was unsettling. :D
Posted: 11 Jul 2018 10:38 by Black Barney #277331
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Pete, lol yeah I find the headshot pics might be a little too big cuz for a five-second review, it tends to take up too much real estate on the page

Greg, you're probably right and it was intentional. Everyone is talking about Toni Collette's performance. How it might even have Oscar potential. i agree that she's near-perfect, but for some strange reason Gabriel Byrne's subtle performance hit me far harder. This control-freak borderline-OCD father who is supposed to have his household in relative control. So watching him try to hang on to sense and control... i found you could really feel it. When he starts no longer reminding people to take off their shoes when they come in, you start to realize in his own way he;s coming apart as well and is becoming vulnerable as well.

man... i just loved him in this. But if I talk about him too much, then I feel i am underselling Toni Collette which I don't want to do. I didn't the boy was anything special. For me it was all about the parents.

and the cinematographer.... keeping a focus on a pole on the side of the road... stuff like that. It's almost a performance in itself. Yikes.
Posted: 11 Jul 2018 11:09 by Gregarius #277338
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I hear what you're saying, but I thought both children were very strong. The son has a powerful subtlety, much like Byrne, that actually becomes stronger in the final act.