Film review: “Barbarian” – SM Mirror

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102 minutes
Released September 9

It’s a very smart movie…until the end, which is where it sort of disintegrates into a montage of pop culture elements. I kind of understand writer/director Zach Cregger’s decision to go deeper with the film’s final minutes, as this is the first major feature from this prolific actor/imv comedian/writer/director/producer. /twitch streamer. And it worked for him, as the film made 10 million in its opening weekend. However, I was ready to watch him delve into the psychology, flaws and courage of the players, and ask some intoxicating questions.

He didn’t need to overdo it with the ending because he had already created some really compelling characters, brought to life by his talented cast, and an environment that sucks you in, thanks to his cinematographer Zach Kuperstein, a master creative pain. , loneliness and disconnection out of light, shadow and oscillating depth. Cregger also brought in an excellent editor, Joe Murphy, who knows how many heartbeats to fit on a stage to establish unbearable suspense. Light and dark and colors are used to create emotion and suspense, as are sounds. Anna Drubich’s extraordinary soundtrack is haunting and extremely effective.

British actress Georgina Campbell, in her first major feature film, establishes “Tess” as a down-to-earth, very real and relatable heroine. Bill Sarsgaard, second son of the great acting family led by his father Stellen, creates a very complex but also relatable “Keith”, whose hesitation seems to be born of kindness or a personality disorder, we do not don’t know which ones. This role will break our tendency to think of him only as the “Pennywise,” the creepy clown from the 2017 movie It. Justin Long nails “AJ,” the self-obsessed actor fleeing the crosshairs of the MeToo movement.

These characters go through transformative experiences and their relationships are engaging and intense. Their situation is very realistic, until the last minutes of the film. The way they handle every scary situation thrown at them gives them charisma and credibility, and what you think is about to happen can turn into a dime. The story explores trust and doors, and the back and forth between the characters and their surroundings becomes intense. I would have liked to see the whole movie develop the way it did in the first hour and a half. However, for the last few minutes, I kept thinking to myself, “I would have done this so differently.” The problem is that the characters, setting, and situation had so much potential to be a really deep experience, and it just doesn’t happen in the end. Even the location, Detroit (Bulgaria being a part-time stand-in for some shots) might have taken on additional significance through its pre-Civil War history, but that detail is never granted on screen. Barbarian is worth a look for the great work that goes into it. My advice is, don’t worry about the last minutes.

Kathryn Whitney Boole has spent most of her life in the entertainment industry, the backdrop for remarkable adventures with extraordinary people. She is a talent manager at Studio Talent Group in Santa Monica.

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