Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Ready or Not Movie Review

Samara Weaving stars in Ready or Not

Game On

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: Ready or Not follows a young bride (Samara Weaving) as she joins her new husband's (Mark O'Brien) rich, eccentric family (Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell) in a time-honored tradition that turns into a lethal game with everyone fighting for their survival. Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett.

Starring: Samara Weaving, Mark O'Brien, Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, and Andie MacDowell

What's Good: Weaving tells her husband-to-be, "I can't wait to be part of your moderately fucked-up family." Careful what you wish for, Grace. Ready or Not proves "the rich really are different," not to mention wildly entertaining. It starts off with a bang, and gets better with each passing moment (at least for the first hour.) The aforementioned Weaving is terrific as the unknowing, but game (pun intended) target in a family initiation for the ages. Equally good, a supporting cast of familiar faces, whose names likely escape you. Special kudos to Andie MacDowell and Nicky Guadagni, who literally steals the show as Aunt Helene.

What's Not: Despite a great start, it does peter out (a bit) towards the end. Perhaps a new character or unforeseen twist to keep the momentum going?

Budget: N/A

Runtime: 95 minutes

Target Audience: Horror fans who like to laugh, more than jump (out of their seats.)

Bottom Line: For a mid-August release, it's hard to ask for more. Weaving breaks out, shedding her eerie resemblance to Margot Robbie, en route (hopefully) to the next level of Hollywood stardom. Jam-packed with colorful characters and hilarious scenarios, it reminds me of an old Agatha Christie movie... only funnier and gorier.

Grade: B