Title – Ready or Not (2019)
Directors – Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillet (Devil’s Due)
Cast – Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O’Brien, Andie MacDowell, Kristian Bruun
Plot – Marrying into the wealthy and game obsessed Le Domas family, Grace (Weaving) finds herself fighting for her life on her wedding night, as her husband Alex (O’Brien) and his family take part in a bloodthirsty ritual that turns the game of Hide and Seek into something far more sinister.
“Are you ready for this?”
Review by Eddie on 28/01/2019
One of 2019’s most surprisingly decent films, directing duo Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillet graduate from small budget offerings and bit parts in anthology films like VHS and Southbound to create a fun, fast-paced and highly over the top genre offering, that makes a star of Aussie actress Samara Weaving in the process.
With an extremely silly story at its core, filled with blood, violence and gore, Ready or Not isn’t the type of film for refined cinematic tastes but Olpin and Gillet make sure that from the moment we are introduced to the Le Domas family, of whom Weaving’s Grace is becoming a part of thanks to her marriage to their son Alex, we are aware that this is not a film to at all take seriously.
By embracing its crazy concept, that sees the age old game of Hide and Seek take a murderous turn, Ready or Not is a fun ride for audiences from the moment it starts until the moment it explosively ends and while its disappointing it at times didn’t utilize more energetic or unique ways to tell its story (perhaps rundowns on the mansion or more fun set pieces), it’s a hard film to not enjoy, especially with Weaving creating her Hollywood breakthrough around all the crazed happenings.
Weaving has been plying her trade locally and abroad for a number of years now but Ready or Not is her announcing herself to the industry in a big way, Grace is a likable and feisty main protagonist and Weaving uses her natural charisma and smarts to instill her with an engaging spirit.
It’s a turn not to dissimilar to fellow Aussie actress Margot Robbie made with her star making Wolf of Wall Street role, its likely the only way is up her for the budding superstar and in a genre sense, its not going to be surprising to see Grace become a real modern day horror icon as she finds herself in various situations trying to outlast the Le Domas’s who believe wholeheartedly that if they don’t kill Grace on games night, their all likely to meet a grizzly end.
Front and centre to almost every scene in the film, even when Ready or Not’s targeted humor or group of unlikable side characters don’t exactly fully engage, Weaving makes sure we’re always keen to see what’s coming next.
Final Say –
A nice surprise in an otherwise fairly uneventful year for original horrors, Ready or Not is the perfect Saturday night movie treat and a likely launching off point for Samara Weaving to become the next big Australian export.
3 dispatched servants out of 5