• Wed. Jun 12th, 2024

Ready or Not – A Gory, Witty, Hilarious Good Time at the Movies!

Ready or Not is directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. The film stars Samara Weaving, Mark O’Brien, Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, and Andie MacDowell.

Grace has just married Daniel, the man she loves, becoming a part of his wealthy but eccentric family. Going by an old family tradition, she must play a game drawn from a stack of cards at the stroke of midnight. When she draws Hide and Seek, she find it’s no ordinary version of the game. Before long, she’s on the run from her new in-laws, who plan to hunt her and sacrifice her to Satan as part of a ritual, or else they’ll die, as per the curse. Will Grace outwit and outlast the family, or find herself the latest sacrifice?

Here’s a movie which just came out of nowhere and caught me completely by surprise. Ready or Not’s premise and execution alike are ridiculous and over the top. The end result feels like a mash-up of The Hunger Games, Jane Austen novels, The Most Dangerous Game, and even Castlevania. It’s extremely violent, and also one of the funniest and most fulfilling films of 2019. When I left the screening, my entire body hurt from laughing so hard. When’s the last time you could say that about a movie?

The casting is fantastic, even if I wasn’t familiar with most of the actors and actresses. Not surprisingly, it’s Samara Weaving’s portrayal of Grace which will get the best audience reactions. A beautiful and innocent young lady unsure of her future, her entire life is flipped upside down when she finds herself on the run from her in-laws, who plan to hunt her and make her a sacrifice! She behaves how you’d expect a real woman in this situation to, which makes it all the more believable. As an audience member, you’ll totally buy her performance. Here’s hoping we’ll see her in more feature films in the coming years.

The supporting cast is nearly as good, with plenty of deadly-yet-hilarious persons a part of the experience. From a cold-hearted axe-toting aunt who lives for the hunt, to a man who doesn’t have a clue how to fire the weapon he’s been assigned (and settles for learning via YouTube videos on his phone), it’s a great cast of eccentrics. Despite their heartless and bitter agenda, I found myself rooting for both sides.

A warning to any prospective viewer: This film is extremely violent. There’s plenty of blood, gore, death, and gruesome moments. If you’re easily offended or squeamish, go watch another movie. But if you can stomach the sights on screen, you’ll be treated to one of the best movies of the year.

The razor-sharp wit of the movie never dulls. There’s a hilarious one-liner and laugh-worthy moment around every corner, some of which are bloodier than others! That screenwriters could brilliantly pull off a genre mash-up like this, creating something which feels fresh and original, speaks to the talent of the cast and crew alike. Hell, this one may very well simultaneously be the best horror/suspense film and the best comedy of the year!

Ready or Not is ready for audiences with its laugh-out-loud one-liners, strange premise, original combination of ideas, a hilarious cast, fantastic writing, and an unflinching share of violence. Easily in the ten best movies I’ve seen all year, I can easily give this one my absolute highest recommendations. Just stay at home if you’re easily offended or disgusted by gory moments!

Rating: Four stars out of four.

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By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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