A ‘smile’ rarely earns more than a shrug

smile (2022)

Temple Hill and Paramount
Player/Rated R/115 minutes

Parker Finn Writer/Director

Starring Sosie Bacon, Jessie T. Usher, Kyle Gallner, Kaitlyn Stacy, Kal Penn, Rob Morgan

Photographed by Charlie Saroff

Edited by Elliott Greenberg

Music by Cristobal Tapia de Ville

Theatrical release from Paramount on September 29th

Coming to theaters tomorrow night, Paramount, courtesy of Parker Finn smile It is often played as a textual riff made up of distorted subtext of past years’ “It’s All About Trauma!” horror film. It’s about a young woman who seems to be haunted by an evil force that apparently thrives on trauma, and the plot quickly returns to her childhood fears. I’m more concerned with the popcorn flying chills than I am with thinking about it. At its best, it’s occasionally satisfying as a jumpscare-driven potboiler who rarely feels the need to pull out a yellow highlighter. is configured to disable

smile It feels like a riff on so many horror movies these days that it should almost come with a page with the piece being quoted. The 13-minute pre-title sequence is the best picture, and gives us a quick introduction to a sympathetic psychologist who works his primary (underpaid and overburdened) job at a local emergency psychiatric center. There’s a gritty, unruly realism to the hospital interactions that create tension and relative suspense when you get your Ph.D. A student (Sarah Kapner) appears to be suffering from a psychotic break. She’s a minor spoiler, but the young woman yells when she sees a terrifying vision of people laughing and immediately takes her own life, which of course drives the core plot.

Whether or not our heroine is doomed before the title card, I won’t say. (think of when someone dies in ‘Joker Venom’ Batman comic book).Most of the time it’s a waiting game to see if a good doctor can avoid her ring/Drag Me To HellKind of like fate, but the details about the situation provide some radical crime scene photos and a little bit of detective work. It’s full, but there’s a certain lack of urgency as we know that what she sees and encounters is nothing more than a bluff for our good.

This might not matter too much in a tight 90-minute thriller, but smile Lasts 115 minutes. (vague spoiler) It’s even more so as Cutter hits emotional and psychological rock bottom, alienates loved ones, and destroys her professional reputation by the (terrifyingly funny and truly terrifying) Act 1 finale. Feels long. ,the first ring With a budget of $48 million, it performed as one of the most “magnificent” horror films since Tobe Hopper life forceAdditionally, some fears do the job, whether cheap or cheap.

I also appreciate the number of talented actors (Kal Penn, Judy Reyes, Rob Morgan, etc.) who deliver A-level performances in mostly plot-driven roles. Jesse T. Usher has a hard time making an impression as an unsympathetic fiancée. Still, Kyle Gallner is shockingly funny (in a down-to-earth way) as a cop pulled in because of his past relationship with Cutter. Sosie Bacon is just as good as she needs to be, even if she’s tasked with being simply unsettling and on the verge of a movie-wide meltdown. smile Frankly, there is very little “new” in the subgenre, and many of the film’s biggest shocks are fake or “just cat” type cons.

Despite his ambition, his filmmaking skills and his strong casting instincts, smile It feels like a poorly imitated of some semi-recent classics in the genre. There are strong production values, such as disturbing R-rated visuals, as well as comical and grotesque crime scene photos. The film scores points for not holding hands in terms of theme or exposition. It trusts us to make connections and guess relationships right. smile is not a modern classic, savage Also malignantBut it’s a moderately successful scare machine, even if it offers nothing more than an opportunity to spill popcorn.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2022/09/28/review-smile-barely-earns-more-than-a-shrug/ A ‘smile’ rarely earns more than a shrug

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