Darius’s review published on Letterboxd:
Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s Scream (5) is a slasher film that is a direct sequel to the previous four installments although this film is marketed as a relaunch of the franchise in a similar way to Gordon-Green’s Halloween 2018 trilogy. The franchise newcomers are Melissa Barrera, Mason Gooding, Jenna Ortega, Dylan Minnette, and Jack Quaid. The legacy actors that comes to reprise their respective roles from previous installments are Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Marley Shelton, Heather Matarazzo, Roger L. Jackson, and Skeet Ulrich.
The premise of the fifth film is that a new killer dons the ghostface mask and starts targeting a group of teenagers to open up about secrets from the town’s deadly past.
The new cast is brilliant, they all fit their characters perfectly and honors what came before. Some standouts from the new cast are Mason, Jenna, and Jack all had great standout scenes that I loved to watch unfold. The legacy actors are brought back with so much respect and depth, David Arquette’s Dewey is truly the MVP, his story is compelling, tragic, and satisfying. Campbell and Cox fell right back into their respective roles as Prescott and Weathers like no time has passed and they both have badass moments in the third act that made me applaud and cheer. This is truly one of the best slasher films I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t disappoint with the twist of who is the ghostface killer, I had literal chills and legit shaking when it happened, it was truly executed beautifully. This film isn’t afraid to be meta but it pokes fun of reboots/revivals and films that remove the other films’ franchise sequels from canon as they called it in the film, a “requel” that only uses the original first film as the groundwork. The social commentary of that and toxic fans was amazing to see since filmmakers and studios usually never call them out. Brian Tyler’s score for the film left me floored, absolutely haunting!! The cinematography is stunning!! In the end, the film is a huge love letter and tribute to the franchise creator/director Wes Craven who passed away in 2015, this film is worth all of the praise!! Don’t get spoiled!!