While at times the subtext can get TOO obtuse, leading to occasional boredom, and the resolution feels a bit too sudden, gut-wrenching performances by Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook and child phenom Jacob Lofland elevate a taut script, and Rachel Morrison's 35mm cinematography adds a gorgeous grit to the proceedings. Marcelo Zarvos' minimalist, cello-based score is also a highlight.
A strong debut from an intriguing writer-director, Sara Colangelo.
A rollicking good time. While some performances are slightly shaky, Dan Stevens is perfectly cast and editor/director Adam Wingard and his screenwriter Simon Barrett pace the film delicately, crafting a meticulous slow burn that brings out the tension (and humor) in just about every scene.
A loving homage to the 80s that made me almost not hate the 80s(!), The Guest teaches us that politeness and kindness are not always (and often aren't) synonymous.
This film is actually excellent. I hadn't seen it since childhood, and now I remember why I liked it. It wasn't the jokes--they were childish and fairly inane and I recognized that back then as well. It was the plot, the characters, and the music. The drama of this story is alternately light and dark but always has a strong sense of character and narrative drive--Tarzan is actually a BRILLIANT drama, with some catchy songs. Also President Grant from Scandal is Tarzan. He would be Tarzan.