Movie Reviews

Fear of Rain (2021)

fear-of-rain-movie-review-2021-posterDirector: Castille Landon

Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller

Runtime: 109 Minutes

Main Cast: Katherine Heigl, Harry Connick Jr, Madison Iseman, Israel Broussard, Eugenie Bondurant, Julia Vasi, Enuka Okuma, Hudson Rogers

Plot: Rain (Madison Iseman) suffers from schizophrenia and terrifying hallucinations. After returning home from the hospital after another episode, she is convinced she sees through her window that her neighbour has kidnapped a child.

My Thoughts: I’ve two lessons for you today. Number one, don’t judge a movie based on it’s title because I really thought this was going to be a horror movie about someone, or a bunch of people, terrified of actual rain. Number two, I should hand in my (non-existant) blogger badge because it seems that just lately I love trash movies and hate on good ones. I’m sorry, okay! But I loved the heck out of this one and because I went in totally blind, I didn’t realise how much it’s been bashed until I logged my rating in on Letterboxd.

If you’ve been thinking about watching Fear of Rain, it’s best enjoyed knowing as little as possible. I won’t talk openly about spoilers (I’ll hide them if I mention something) but if you want to find out more, you’ve come to the right place. I un-apologetically enjoyed it, but I can’t defend it’s issues. The whole ‘mentally-unstable, unreliable narrator’ plot device has been used time and time again, most recently in this year’s The Woman in the Window, so there’s nothing original here. There are several characters you want to scream at for making terrible choices. You know straight away there’s only one question to be answered – did Rain witness a real crime or was it a hallucination? But.

Here’s the but. The story takes so many twists and turns that I found it impossible not to enjoy. I didn’t really care what the outcome at the end was going to be, I was just along for the ride. I was surprised several times! I never see the twist coming, though. And that’s a great trait to have when it comes to movies, I think. It must suck if you can sniff out a plot twist before the reveal!

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Best Bit: I’m going to as vague as I can here so I don’t have to censor too much. But there’s an ‘oh s**t’ moment when a twist is revealed and it’s pretty awesome. What’s better? The twist that comes after that one!

Worst Bit: I know I said I didn’t care too much about the outcome, and I didn’t, but there’s one detail that bugs me that could have been easily fixed. *SPOILERS* Did we ever find out what the neighbour’s motive was? It just felt so random!

Fun Trivia: Many of the medications that Rain takes (around 19:33) for her schizophrenia diagnosis are listed atypical anti-psychotics (many are prescribed for mood disorders as well).
I’m stretching the meaning of the word ‘fun’ here, aren’t I? In my defence, this was the only bit of trivia on IMDB for this movie!

My Rating: 4 out of 5 umbrellas that you can use if you have a fear of rain, unlike anyone in this movie.

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Movie Reviews

Happy Death Day 2U (2019)

happy-death-day-2u-2019-movieDirector: Christopher Landon

Genre: Horror, Comedy, Drama

Runtime: 100 Minutes

Main Cast: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Phi Vu, Suraj Sharma, Sarah Yarkin, Rachel Matthews, Ruby Modine, Steve Zissis, Charles Aitken

Plot: Tree thought she had finally escaped living the same Monday over and over again, but thanks to a scientific experiment ran by Ryan, she finds herself trapped in the loop again – only this time in a parallel universe.

My Thoughts: I don’t think it’s possible to try and explain Happy Death Day or the sequel to anyone without sounding a bit crazy. It’s like Groundhog Day, but with a girl called Tree…and someone in a baby mask keeps killing her…and in the sequel she’s in a parallel universe. It’s so dumb and yet it works! The element of surprise might be gone in the sequel but I actually think I preferred it slightly to the original.

Firstly, the characters are great. I can so relate to Tree and how pissed off she must feel being stuck living in the same day. She reacts just like any of us would. This time around we don’t need any introductions, we know who we’re watching so the movie just jumps right into the action. The biggest difference is there’s a very moving moral dilemma that Tree must face which throws the tone off throughout the movie. I’d rather they just brush upon it and focus on the comedy, to be honest, but it was interesting nonetheless.

I don’t think I paid much attention to it in the first movie but the soundtrack for this one was great. The song choices were spot on and I’ll never be able to listen to Paramore’s Hard Times now without thinking of the movie!

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Best Bit: When Tree first realises she’s stuck in the loop again and goes absolutely nuts, it was brilliant. I was laughing out loud when she screams ‘YOU’RE GAYYYYYYYYYY’ to her friend that always bumps into her!

Worst Bit: Apart from the soppy moments feeling a little out of place, there wasn’t anything specific I didn’t like. I think the pace just slowed down towards the end and the laughs came less often. It’s still a solid sequel though, which we all know is rare.

Fun Trivia: The wood chipper seen midway through the movie belongs to ‘Biff’s Tree Removal’ service. This is a reference to the character Biff Tannen from the ‘Back to the Future’ (1985) trilogy, and his famous line “Why don’t you make like a tree and get out of here!”

My Rating: 3 and a half phones out of 5, which will embarrassingly play James Blunt’s You’re Beautiful when your girlfriend calls you.

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