Halloween – Movie Review

Trailer: https://youtu.be/aMCLVSlk1Tk

Rating: B

Positives

  • The return of Jamie Lee Curtis to this franchise is one of the highlights of this film. Curtis breaks her mold from the scream-queen pantheon, as her character “Laurie Strode” isn’t the same woman from 40 years ago. As she is now a renegade grandmother vastly prepared for the return of the infamous Michael Myers, and Curtis delivers exquisitely. She brings a flare of raw emotional torment to nearly all of her screen time. Her undoubtable suffering from the eventful Halloween night back in 1978 still haunts her and it both pushes her and holds her back all at the same time, all of which Curtis captures.
  • David Gordon Green’s direction has its moments here. Green brings some great sequences here that I don’t want to spoil, but I will say that a bathroom scene, a scene that plays with motion censored lights and a house break-in done in an extraordinary long-take are all fantastic. As they are all brutal and nimble all at once. Green as well accomplishes a tough task that the many entry’s of the franchise couldn’t. And that is making Michael Myers menacing again, not since the original has the character of Michael Myers been displayed in such a brilliant manner. David Gordon Green’s “Halloween”, though can come off unfocused and struggles with its tone, it still brings the simplicity of the original. While as well bringing multiple brutally pulsating sequences.
  • Though the screenplay has multiple problems, it still brings one interesting concept to the table. That being kind of a bait and switch and wink to fans of the original, which is seen in some particular role reversal moments throughout the film.
  • The score by John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter and Daniel A. Davies is great. The score brings an aura of legitimacy as it brings the iconic theme, but as well a revamped score that works very well on its own right.

Negatives

  • Both the films direction and screenplay have a very tough time with deciding a tone. In some moments of intensity we have characters cracking jokes that can really take you out of the moment. We see that sprinkled throughout the film, as the slacker humor of David Gordon Green and Danny McBride (two of the three credited screenwriters) holds the film back at times. This film as well does contain some brutal violence, that at times works and at times doesn’t. At a moment or two the violence gets so extreme and over-the-top it gives this film a grindhouse feel. Which is undoubtedly something that doesn’t fit the mold of what this film is.
  • The screenplay here has multiple moments where characters seem to have a complete divorce of logic. There is one huge choice a character makes in the beginning of the third act that makes zero sense, revealing that character as a huge plot device. And after that huge choice it shortly goes nowhere. There are moments as well throughout the film that have no focus at all and looking back come off as just as pointless events put there to cover the runtime.

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