Movie Review: Ready or Not (2019)

A horror/black comedy from two of the three members of director trio Radio Silence (Matt Bentinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett; V/H/S, Southbound), Ready or Not was released in 2019. Grace (Samara Weaving, The Babysitter) is set to wed Alex Le Domas (Mark O’Brien), the youngest son of the wealthy Le Domas gaming dynasty, which also includes Alex’s alcoholic older brother, Daniel (Adam Brody) and mother and father, Becky and Tony (Andie MacDowell and Henry Czerny, respectively). A traditional wedding night game soon turns deadly, and Grace and Daniel must try to survive a terrifying game of hide and seek.

+ Samara Weaving once again shines, this time on the other side of a crazy cult (The Babysitter). A 30-second expletive filled rant is equal parts hilarious and terrifying from Weaving, and you really feel for her in the unique circumstances
+ of the larger cast, the Le Domas family, Brody gets the most of the story as soon to be alcoholic brother-in-law. MacDowell as the family’s mother gets some great scenes one on one with Grace – before and after the game begins, hint hint – and Nicky Guadagni is lots of fun as overeager matriarch, Helene. Guadagni also gets the best one-liner of the film
+ the action is tense and violent, and a handful of scenes (one literally, you’ll understand it later) are certainly not for the squeamish. On the flip side, the dark comedy is very dark comedy, but that just makes it even funnier when juxtaposed with the bloodbath on screen
+ this song that plays before the game begins, also heard in part on some of the trailers. It’s so catchy, but so sinister. I love it

Newlywed bride, Grace (Samara Weaving) acquaints herself with Le Domas family mother, Becky (Andie MacDowell).

> This is the third such ‘party game’ turned horror movie of late, following Would You Rather and Truth or Dare. Coming soon… Beer Pong?
> Originally I intended for this to be background noise to some video game grinding, but I soon realised I had my game paused for almost the entire 90 minute run time.

Should you see this film: I really liked this, and I think any horror/dark comedy fan will too. Samara Weaving is again a standout, and I am eagerly looking forward to her upcoming role in Guns Akimbo.


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