bodies bodies bodies is in many ways a generic installment in the slasher genre, but also a scathing satire of Gen Z/Millennials and online culture.
A scathing new take on the slasher genre aimed at Millennials and Gen Z, Halina Reijn’s bodies bodies bodies it’s a horror where the real threats are complacency and Twitter buzzwords. The cast does an excellent job of playing a group of largely unbearable young people who, except for one, come from wealthy backgrounds. When they try to throw a party at one of their mansions during a hurricane, they throw out words they don’t quite understand, from misusing ‘gaslighting’ and ‘narcissism’ to repeating common internet phrases like “facts are facts.” They play to have a good time with their friends, but they only care about their own interests.
New couple Sophie (Amandla Stenberg) and Bee (Maria Bakalova) join Sophie’s old friends at this lavish house party. His presence is unexpected and uncomfortable, setting off a sinister chain of events. Vapid Alice (Rachel Sennott) has brought her new boyfriend Greg (Lee Pace), much older than her, and Sophie’s childhood best friend David (Pete Davidson) is dating Emma (Chase Sui Wonders). . The last member of the group is Jordan from Myha’la Herrold, who warns Bee that Sophie is not all that she seems.
As the weather gets worse, the friends decide to play a game of ‘bodies, bodies, bodies’, a game of hide-and-seek where one person is the designated ‘killer’. When things go wrong and reveal the cracks in their relationships, a real murder ensues and they must search for the real killer in their midst.
As can be seen from the synopsis, bodies bodies bodies it plays into traditional slasher tropes and does little to subvert them. Most of the characters either have little personality or a very simplified one. The exception to this is Sophie and Bee, the only two characters to have developed backstories, including complicated pasts and families. While the film may be generic, it’s also a well-executed and stylistically atmospheric addition to the genre.
The hurricane provides a lot of continuous, ominous background noise, and the house is often a gloomy, suspense-inducing place as the characters crawl around. It’s also cleverly written when it comes to the fine details. Every object you see handled on the screen is used at some point. Everything you set is paid for.
However, in terms of who the film presents as suspects, it’s pretty formulaic. Greg is set up as the obvious psycho from the start: he’s a war veteran who opens champagne bottles with a sword and seems too calm. Pace and Davidson are the standout performances in this slasher, with Pace stealing scenes with his simple, fun-loving demeanor, while Davidson seems to mock his own image by playing an unassuming guy who aspires to Don Juan status. . Naturally, the two clash, and it’s great to see the two actors take on each other.
Towards the end of its runtime, bodies bodies bodies he dares to do something unexpected, and it’s the first time he messes with the usual slasher formula. It can cause mixed opinions, especially in those who love the genre as it is, but it enhances the absurdity of its characters and encourages satirical elements.
In many ways it’s very generic and occasionally turns into a flurry of online buzzwords, but the performances are memorable and the film does a good job of poking fun at the generation it represents and the perpetually online culture in which it lives. have been involved. in.
bodies bodies bodies opens in UK cinemas on September 9.
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