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I didn’t know anything about this movie two days ago. I didn’t know that it was coming out, but I was excited to see a movie from Bryan Bertino. Honestly, I haven’t seen The Strangers, but I’ve heard amazing things about it, so I was excited to at least give The Monster a look. Let’s talk about it!
The Monster is directed by Bryan Bertino and stars Zoe Kazan and Ella Ballentine. When a distant mother and daughter end up in an accident on the side of the road, they must come together to figure out what exactly caused the accident and what is lurking in the shadows of the woods.
I was actually pleasantly surprised by this movie! I hadn’t seen much from the cast, but I really liked Zoe Kazan’s performance. Her character is so dark and kind of easily hateable, but she perfectly pulls it off and does a great job leading this film. She has to cover a wide range of emotions in this movie from fear to hatred to love, and it works every single time. I also loved the tone of this movie. It can actually go to some very dark places within the relationship between the mother and the father as well as the mother and the daughter. It took the movie to a higher level, and it made the visuals work even better. I thought the visuals were great until the monster is revealed, and the way that the monster is kept in the dark worked to give actual tension and scares. The tension is built so well in this film, and I was really scared. There weren’t many jump scares, but the few that are in the film are well-executed and actually scary because they put the main characters in dangerous situations.
There were a few problems I had with this movie, and even though I had my share of fun with The Monster, I have to talk about them. First of all, after Zoe Kazan, I thought a lot of lines delivered were very robotic. There were unnatural gaps between words and unnatural delivery, and it didn’t work for me. It almost made the film feel like a made-for-television movie. Next, I think that the characters come off as unlikable. The mother is extremely unlikable, and I couldn’t stand how she treated herself and her daughter. Zoe Kazan was great, but her character was really easy to hate. Finally, once the monster is revealed, I think the movie gets pretty campy and stops being scary. I even think it gets a little bit funny, and for me, the final third of the film was far inferior to the first two-thirds.
Overall, I had enough fun with The Monster to be able to talk about it positively. I think Bryan Bertino did a good job working up the scares by keeping the main antagonist a secret in the darkness. It has a great score, and the lead, Zoe Kazan, is excellent. I think that it’s very possible for the characters to come off as unlikable because they end up being selfish and uncaring, and I think that the final third dropped the ball to the point where I had trouble taking what was left of the film seriously, but it is a fun, tension-filled horror movie, and if you’re still craving that horror vibe and will settle for a solid, enjoyable, little horror movie, I would suggest checking out The Monster. I’m going to give The Monster a 6/10.
If you would like to check out The Monster, you can do so exclusively at AMC Arizona Center in the heart of downtown Phoenix this Friday! If you decide to give it a look, let me know what you think! I have plenty of reviews on the way for movies like Arrival, Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them, and La La Land, so be sure to stay tuned for those! As always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!