‘Hereditary’ Film Review

Grade: A

Toni Collette and Milly Shapiro in Hereditary (2018)

 

 

I have never been so blown away by a horror movie quite like ‘Hereditary’; it is the most intense, disturbing, well-acted and directed movie I have seen since ‘A Quiet Place’. While both movies rely on suspense and tension, there is something unnerving about this movie. With its score and direction, every scene is enough to keep you on your toes, as you expect terror around every corner. It may not rely on jump scares, but it does not need to; ‘Hereditary’ succeeds in just about every aspect. It is reminiscent of old horror classics and makes you remember what made those movies terrifying in the first place.

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‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Film Review

Grade: B

It is hard to believe that after twenty-two years, a sequel to ‘Jumanji’ exists (especially since star Robin Williams passed away three years ago). At one time, this was supposed to be a straight “re-imagining”, until fan backlash over the announcement coming after Williams’ passing caused Sony Pictures to hire Scott Rosenberg to re-write the script as both a reboot and a sequel (Think that is impossible? Look at ‘Vacation’ (2015)). For those still skeptical about whether this should exist, you have nothing to fear; ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ is not another ‘Ghostbusters’ (2016), nor is it another ‘Emoji Movie’. This movie is as fun and thrilling as expected from the trailer. The only worry is that ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ could have been annoying. Yes, at times, it can feel tiresome, but with its never-ending energy and fast performances, the journey is worth the hour and fifty-nine minute run time. 

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