The Final Girl (2015)
Duration: 90 minutes
I choose this movie for actress Abigail Breslin who was also in Scream Queens the TV show that I loved watching with last years 31 days of horror. She is an actress that I really enjoy watching! You may recall a much younger her as Little Rock in Zombieland or Valentine Wiggin in Ender’s Game.
I have been struggling with what to say about this movie for months now. I decided to re-watch it as part of my 31 days of horror movies to see if I might be able to finally articulate anything about this move (to be honest this was my third time watching to movie). What it comes down to is there are things I enjoyed about this movie and things that I did not, but I did not hate this movie. It is a very stylized piece that not all will enjoy to be honest. From my perspective one of two things happened: (1) it was very low budget or (2) the lack of extras, sets, and background was done on purpose. As it is consistent throughout the film I want to the think that the film makers purposefully made the chocs to focus on the story and characters. Even the lighting felt off to me but, again, it is consistent so I assume these were purposeful decisions.
The artistic aspects of this movie seemed to bother a lot of people from other reviews I read but I see them as necessary for part of the story telling process. Lighting design and placement was key in scenes influenced by drugs. The artistic aspects did also influenced minor scenes as well. Visually, the juxtaposition of many scenes was interesting to me but I can see why others might be put off by it.
Two of my biggest issue were first, the dialogue but again it could be part of the style for this move. The dialogue influenced some awkward acting from actors that I usually enjoy. Second, it is a slower paced movie but you have to pay attention to it. Originally I started this movie while working on a project but I had to restart it several times because I got lost in the simple plot, which is part of the reason I have watched it so many times now. Simple plot, there is no way I should have been confused but the delivery of the plot is very subtle in some parts. If you miss something there are too many why questions to keep watching. Maybe there are too many why questions to begin with and that was the point of the movie? Which is part art of my issues finding words in regards to this movie.
I will simply leave it at watch, decide for yourself, but this movie is not for everyone.
IMDB: 4.7 out of 10 at time of review
Amazon: 2.9 out of 5 at time of review. Available for rental or purchase streaming.
Netflix: Available at time of review
Mala’s Review: 3 out of 5