Ready or Not

Ready or Not ★★★★

If this movie doesn’t make Samara Weaving a star, I have no clue what will. 

Much of what works about this film is her, her physicality, and the black humor. Weaving goes through the absolute ringer and I felt every bit of it. This movie looked like it physically hurt her to act in (most likely that’s not the case but dammit if everything she goes through looks like it hurts like hell). She may not have had the Ellen Ripley “meek and mild to utter badass” transformation, but for what it was, I thought she did a fantastic job. 

The overacting in this movie was also really funny to me. Especially from the dad, daughter and aunt characters. Really sold the eccentricity of the family as a whole. I also liked seeing Andie McDowell in a roll that I don’t often, or ever really, see her in. 

The black humor is pretty good, not the best I’ve seen in a dark comedy, but it elicited a few chuckles from me. 

The lighting was really pretty too, always helps aid in creating a foreboding sense of claustrophobia in an old house. 

If you’re short on time and looking for an entertaining thrill, Ready or Not will certainly satisfy that craving. It’s not deep and doesn’t really have anything ultra memorable about it, but it’s short, sweet, entertaining and has some delightfully wicked gore at the end, so who am I to complain.

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