I have absolutely no idea who this movie is made for. Honestly, we might need to all just be okay with Willy Wonka not being an interesting character. No one asked for "how he became a capitalist entrepreneur," did we? There are moments where Chalamet is good and as many moments where he feels horribly miscast and is starring a bad SNL skit. Paul King's humor is evident and the production design is beautiful, but the plot is so freaking…
Not every Fox Gothic thriller is a success, case in point MOSS ROSE. Peggy Cummins is beautiful and does her best to make you forget her nails on a chalkboard Cockney accent. Ethel Barrymore is fun as the seemingly benevolent mother (There are shades of THE SILVER CORD in here but it never goes far enough). Victor Mature is fine, though he feels very adrift in a period thriller like this. Definitely not one of the better ones.
Beaaautifully shot. Beatuuuifully shot.
But the story is a tired rehash of the original film (actually literal in one respect). There are so many great actors that you won't know are in this because their names are barely used. (Like, did you know Kate Winslet is here. Yep, kind of a big deal.) There's another tired mystical disabled plotline that I was not here for. I just need Jim Cameron to make something else, please.
"M3gan" totally understands the assignment. The script is witty and never takes itself too seriously, and when it attempts to it's always to make you smile or cringe. However they achieved M3gan herself (I'm assuming it's an actress under there in some way) is brilliant and equal parts creepy yet...I still wish I had one. Surprisingly gory for a PG-13. And, seriously, is M3gan a future queer icon because the third act interactions she has with Allison Williams felt like they had SERIOUS chemistry. Loved this!!