Friday, 15 June 2018

Movies | Thoroughbreds (2018)

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"Childhood friends Lily and Amanda reconnect in suburban Connecticut after years of growing apart. Lily has turned into a polished upper-class teenager who has a fancy boarding school on her transcript and a coveted internship on her resume. Amanda has developed a sharp wit and her own particular attitude but all in the process of becoming a social outcast. Though they initially seem completely at odds, the pair eventually bond and hatch a plan to solve both of their problems."

I think what I liked the most about this movie is how it started with two characters with completely opposite personality, and it ended up vice versa between the two of them. Okay, one line and I feel like I already spoil everything. Sorry about that, this is my first proper review after all.

The Review
Now, back to the movie. First of all, the title itself is a new word for me. Pardon me for not being an English native. And I found out this is Cory Finley's debut and I always amazed by filmmakers who produced insanely great movie as their starter. Thoroughbreds is a suspense movie with clever scripts, gripping cinematic shots and of course, one of a kind characters. It's an actual proof that you don't need to be loud to create a thrilling movie. I found some of the most intense scenes came from the one with disturbingly quiet shots. Disturbingly quiet, but beautiful. And the quietness isn't only came from the shots, but also from the character itself, Amanda. Man, did I get the creep from Olivia Cooke's blank staring? Is that even a question? Lily, whose portrayed by Anya Taylor-Joy, is also giving me a new perspective that people with privilege aren't always exactly happy with the privilege that they owned. 

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Now, is this really a Thoroughbreds' review if I don't mention one of my favorite, Anton Yelchin, in it? I'd be lying if I said that I didn't squeaked when I saw him appears on the screen. Here's the thing... I went to see this movie blindly, without knowing the plot, the casts (besides Cooke & Taylor-Joy, obviously), or even watching the trailer. So, it was pretty surprising to see him and I even had to double-check that it's actually him. Despite of minor part in this movie, and being the character whose actually quite normal, Anton Yelchin successfully delivered a witty last performance. Nothing but respect.

The Quotes
One of my favorite thing about Thoroughbreds is the script. I'm sorry but I'm a big fan of minimalist lines and it seems that I can't fully enjoyed a movie when the characters are using fancy terms. Here are some of favorites from this movie:

  • Amanda: I have a perfectly healthy brain. It just doesn't contain feelings. And that doesn't necessarily make me a bad person. It just means I have to work a little harder than everybody else to be good.
  • Lily: (to Amanda) You're incredibly off-putting and it freaked me out. In a kind of fascinating way.
  • Tim: (to Lily about Amanda) You've got a creepy friend.

The Rating
Overall, I'd say this is one of my favorite (calm) suspense movie. 8/10. 

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