Ready or Not: Review

I’ll be honest, I find it hard to get too excited for new horror movies, since a lot of them turn out to be so bad. I’m willing to bet a lot of you feel the same way. In fact, I usually never go see movies in theatre because it feels like such a waste of money, but last weekend was Labour Day long weekend – so I figured why not.

Don’t worry everyone, this is a recent release so there will be absolutely no spoilers in this review.

I did go into the theatre a little wary. In my defense, it didn’t help that the premise of Ready or Not seemed really over the top with a strong possibility of being hocky or dumb.

The concept is that the protagonist (the stunning Samara Weaving) marries into a wealthy family. The family receives her with mixed emotions and it is hinted that her new husband became estranged under sinister circumstances, but she is heads-over-heels in love and wants nothing more to than to be accepted into the family. Then she finds out that there is a family tradition of playing a game on the night of any wedding. Seems innocent right? Except, what game you play is random and if you happen to pull hide-and-seek, you’re in for something a bit more…bloody.

Why that particular game? Why that particular tradition? You’ll have to sit through some bloody good fun to find out!

Overview

Ready or Not was directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, from a screenplay by Guy Busick and R. Christopher Murphy, and produced by Fox Searchlight Pictures. Besides Samara Weaving, it also stars Mark O’Brien, Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, and Andie MacDowell. The movie is a black comedy mixed in with gore horror.

Review

First off, I did no research into the movie before I saw it, so I had no idea that it was going to be humourous. It was very unexpected.

Honestly, I had so much fun watching the movie, it had just the right mix of gore and humour, which is such a hard thing to achieve. The jokes were hilarious, well-timed, and I just couldn’t stop laughing.

On top of that, the acting was top-notch, especially by Weaving. I was glad that she didn’t play some helpless heroine and instead was a sarcastic, badass, realistic character. In fact, all the characters were unique and added a lot to the movie as a whole. The house the movie was set in was beautiful too. I honestly would love to play hide and seek in that house! Just…without all the guns and such.

Overall, the plot was well-paced and had tons of twists and turns, ending in a way that was completely unexpected.

9/10

I would 100% recommend this movie, it’s definitely worth an overpriced movie ticket, that’s for sure. It is just absolutely epic. The entire film meshes so well together, creating a unique and enjoyable experience that I already know that I would be happy to re-watch again soon.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

x P.L. McMillan

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