The real zombies were inside us all along
Rami Malek is great (but you didn't need me to tell you that). And the film's fragmented approach to storytelling really works. My main issue here is that the film's thematic concerns never feel connected to the story being told, like at all. You never get the sense that the ideas relating to emasculation, primal existence, inferiority and paranoia are informing the narrative; or vice versa. The two elements just kinda bumble alongside each other. Love the *beach as heaven* stuff, interesting reoccurring image in cinema.
Packing an incredibly emotional punch, Short Term 12 explores the complexities of childhood trauma with grace (pun not intended) and subtly. The understated performances (namely Brie Larson's) provide a sense of realism to the film, to the point where it feels as though you are witnessing real events unfold before you. The film's major flaw is its uninspired cinematography, relying too heavily on shaky-cam and never using a shot to convey anything other than what the actors are portraying. Despite…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Sure it's unsettling, and terrifying, and horrific, and visceral. But it's also harrowing. The way this film depicts loss, grief and death is just haunting. Toni Collette's performance is absolutely stellar. And I love that the film has the audacity to just state the truth behind its supernatural elements. There's no ambiguity, it's just "Yup this shit all happened and Charlie is a Queen of Hell". Love it.