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Tay’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
maybe Lupita Nyong'o is the master of horror we've been waiting for all along...
excellent when the plot is grounded—as a home invasion, as an arrival and terrorization of the unknown, the unexplainable, this is nerve wracking and clench-your-ass scary. Nyong'o is stellar, controlled, motivated, and everyone else—Duke and Moss, particularly—is just about as good. the score enhances, rather than informs, moments of suspense and worry. it's working so well, so tightly crafted, that the allegory suggests itself with just enough subtly to open itself up to interpretation, without ambiguity.
until...... the end............. and then that which seems to make sense, or would've otherwise gone unquestioned, becomes unnecessarily complicated. why do the Tethered sometimes act in sync, and sometimes they act autonomously? if Real Adelaide was underground this whole time, why did she fall in love and get pregnant when Red did—shouldn't it be the other way around? or does that logic not follow; what logic is there? why introduce some ambiguous governmental evil? who is paying for the electricity in the tunnels? rabbits shit a lot, so who is cleaning up down there? what makes a soul? what does Red feel, other than a desire to see the sky—love, pride, indifference? AHhahahahAhahhhhhhh
i don't need everything spelled out—in fact, i'd rather that didn't happen; i'd argue Adelaide's final Villain Speech comes close to it. up until the twist, this film doesn't have to explain or justify itself. it's just a Terrible Thing Happening: mute, angry, bloody versions of us appear, wreck havoc, wield sharp scissors, destroy what's arbitrarily ours. it's only when it opens itself up to questions that contradict what's happened onscreen that it loses its steam........... so close, yet falls farther than i expected it to. hmmmmm
i'd like to iterate again the music is divine and will haunt me tonight