The Perfection (2018)
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It does get gruesome at parts. Don't say you haven't been warned.
Starring Allison "Get Out"Williams, Steven Weber and Logan Browning it has no problems with its cast at all, solid performers who deliver great performances here.
It's a strange little tale that would be hard to describe on here without giving away spoilers. Let's just say it twists, it turns, it provides flashbacks and I found it utterly unpredictable which is at least something in its favor.
The production values are great, the soundtrack is near flawless, so why the low rating? Well sadly as great as everything else is (And it really is) the plot/script fall apart in a truly impressive way.
The more you think about the plot afterwards the more bafflingly ridiculous it gets. So it doesn't matter if the cast are great, the movie looks good and the soundtrack delivers if the story is a raggedy mess.
If you've seen it take a moment, think about it, think about the decisions that people make and the whole think becomes rather offensively silly.
Memorable, but not even remotely enjoyable.
Steven Weber and Logan Browning
Looks and sounds the part
The plot is an abominable mess
The acting was quite good. Special effects were extra - in a B movie kind of way. Again, I believe that this is done purposely. I absolutely think that this style was intentional and I think we're seeing it more and more. I think that a milder example would be Get Out.
Watch if you liked: Get Out, Us, Antichrist
It's been a while since I've been so disappointed in a movie. What a way to waste an interesting premise. I initially was thinking "Wow, I can't wait to recommend this" and by the time I realized what was happening I thought "Glad I waited."
Thanks for wasting my time. If you want to watch this, watch the first 20 minutes or so and then turn it off. That's the best part of this. After that it just becomes a terribly generic and contrived movie that just embarrasses itself at every turn with how poorly thought out it is.
The dialog is atrocious, the story doesn't move forward coherently and every single character is a despicable, conniving villainous c---. There's nobody to root for and I could care less about what happened to any of them.
So... when Lizzie cuts her right arm with a butcher knife, Charlotte has a satisfied or even perverse look. In fact, we may think that she acts so out of jealousy. Moreover, everything is done to make the audience thinks in this way. But, this behavior was driven by empathy and kindness: she tried to save her new best friend. Of course!... Uh ... how to say it gently? That's desperately appalling!
With a scriptwriter worthy of this profession, the movie might have been immeasurably better.
I have enjoyed the two leading actresses in other series and films but I'm not sure why they signed on to this. The story is off to a good start but instead of turning into more of a Black Swan direction it just gets bizarre. And perverted. I for one am sick of sexual violence/abuse being casually used as a driver of a plot. I'd give it a zero if possible.
Horrible, just plain horrible.
I like to find elements of other films in newer ones so in this case I would say The Perfection pays homage to Black Swan and Whiplash. Now, while this film does not really contend with the caliber of those two Academy award winning films, what puts it in common is the desire of the teacher to infect perfection, and the desire of the pupil to have perfection be infected on them. It's an interesting and intriguing concept that does work very well in the psychological horror genre. Granted, Whiplash was not considered a psychological horror, the borderline insanity of the instructor could convince one of such.
The Perfection establishes the notion of wanted to be perfect and the pain of being replaced when not. Much like Black Swan, you see the turn of the "replaced" with the naivety of "the next best thing," the insane lengths at which the former wants to bring the latter down, but the motive then becomes the turning point to create a brand new characterization of what was once believed to be the antagonist. The realization is shown a bit hastily, with a visual headache inducing "rewind" series that almost pays homage to Darron Aronofsky again with his visual cuts in Requiem for a Dream. But if you can get past that, the story moves along with its new turns fairly well. The bad guy is not who you think.
Others on here may be unsatisfied because the film is not what the trailers probably made you believe it was going to be, or that the film was too predictable and my response to those two points would be: if a trailer makes you believe and lures you in with one thing, and the film shows you something completely different, how is that such a bad thing? I would think good storytelling is when multiple points can be approached within the same story, and not to mention that then if the trailer wasn't deceiving, then of course the film was predictable as most films then could be from just their trailers. In 2019, especially in the horror genre and if you have been exposed to most psychological thrillers/horrors of the last 30+ years, most are predictable because there's only so much you can really do anymore in storytelling. It's how the audience is brought to that conclusion that's intriguing.
The closest thing this film was to perfection was its own title, but it's subject, characters, and twists were what kept it somewhat original and for that effort, I give it 6/10. Don't expect much, go into it with an open mind, and let yourself decide.
I did not like this movie at all, expecting to see something more realistic. The effects used to make the movie was shame. Especially last fighting scene was terrible. Netflix originals should stop making movies like that.
And i should say if in a doubt, do not watch.