Funniest movie of the year so far for sure.
I've always been equally awestruck and horrified by just how much of us is just our memories, and Little Fish hammers that in with a touch of COVID trauma too. Just completely harrowing by the end of it; it's light sci-fi that's made even more horrifying by the fact that it's something that already does happen to us.
Set in a world where a fictional pandemic causes people to start losing their memories, Em (Olivia Cooke) and Jude (Jack O'Connell)…
★★★★½ I loved it, but…
I don't like horror. A lot of modern horror films have weak plots and terrible writing, relying instead on cheap scares to get the job done. I suppose in a way, horror movies now function more like amusement park rides than anything else; people go for the scares and the thrills rather than for the story or for a deeper experience.
Like It Follows last year, The Witch (The VVitch?) thankfully bucks this trend.
You can feel the fun just oozing out of every frame of this movie. The actors were having a blast, Rian Johnson was having a blast, the camera guy was having a blast — there's just so much joy and humour and whimsy here, and a real love for "traditional" mass-market filmmaking that so many filmmakers have shied away from. Fully the most enjoyable front-to-back rides I've been on this year.