The meta conceit probably pads out the film a little too much, particularly toward the end, but this is a deeply affecting, beautifully acted movie. Saoirse Ronan is great but ultimately in terms of performance she’s overshadowed by Florence Pugh and even Laura Dern. Sensitive, overflowing dialogue is almost Altman-esque, and each scene is framed with warmth and beauty. A masterful and loving adaptation.
After re-watching, I have no choice to list this among the all-time great slasher movies. Perfectly paced, with the first act setting up its cast of characters succinctly and effectively, the film has genuinely terrifying atmosphere and some of my favourite scares.
Visually and tonally, the film creates a brilliant juxtaposition between holiday cheer and depraved violence. It also perfectly creates an atmosphere and cold, dark loneliness in the expansive sorority house that’s at the centre of the film.