'Halloween' (2018) Review
Halloween is a 2018 slasher film directed by David Gordon Green and written by Green, Jeff Fradley, and Danny McBride. It is the eleventh installment in the Halloween film series, and a direct sequel to the 1978 film of the same name. Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle reprise their respective roles as Strode and Myers, with stuntman James Jude Courtney also portraying Myers. The film also stars Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, and Virginia Gardner.
It's been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. Locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when his bus transfer goes horribly wrong. Laurie now faces a terrifying showdown when the Boogyman returns for her, but this time she's ready.
Halloween was disappointing to say the least. That doesn't mean it's a bad film. It was just very disappointing. It could've and should've been so much better.
I thought the acting was good especially from Jamie Lee Curtis, but that's the only thing great. Everything else just very average.
The story really doesn't have a focus, and the plot isn't as engaging is it may seem. The film had a few funny jokes, but they were all badly timed and felt out of place. There was also a severe lack of tension. Halloween has a pretty standard runtime of about an hour and forty minutes, but it felt like it was dragging on.
Again this isn't a terrible film, but by no means is it great. They had an interesting concept that they just threw out for clichés. The only thing this film really had going for itself was nostalgia.
It feeds off the original but not in a good way. The original Halloween wasn't a perfect film and it had it's fair share of problems. However it's remembered as a classic for all the things it did right. It had an atmosphere. John Carpenter did a great job building suspense and tension. None of that is present here. Instead the film acted more like a leech. It's almost completely kept advice water due to those other films. They recycled scenes from the other Halloween films (the ones were supposed to forget), and they even recycle a certain character.
Halloween's only enemy was itself.
I thought Jamie Lee Curtis did a great job as Laurie Strode. She made the character very believable. She was definitely the best part of the film. I also thought Judy Greer did a great job. She plays Laurie's daughter. She has a very complicated character due to the way that she grew up. I thought the relationship between Laurie and her daughter was great, and they were the two must complete characters. However they decided that the focus of the film should be on Laurie's granddaughter Allyson. I didn't think that was the right decision. I have nothing against the actress as I thought she did a solid job, but she doesn't have much of a character. For the most part she's only used as a plot device.
The plot is where this film rant starts to struggle. The plot is very thin. There's a great concept, but a very thin plot. The middle really drags on, and not much react happens. It just seemed to be filled with filler.
I really excited to see this film because I wanted to see Laurie and Michael. I wanted to see David vs Goliath. An unstoppable force meets an immoveable object, but instead we don't see anything close to that. The film just drags on and stretches an already thin plot even more. You wait for these two to finally meet, but they don't build up any anticipation. For a film that focuses primarily on these two characters, they just seemed to get lost.
Going into this you'd think he would be hunting her, or she'd be hunting him, but it never really happens. They do try it at the beginning, but never explore it again until the very end.
What I hated the most is the fact that Michael Myers doesn't seemed concerned what's so ever about Laurie. She goes crazy about how he's going to kill, but I never thought he was after her. Through the entire film he never goes directly after her. I would of loved to see the two going back and forth, but instead all we get to see is Michael killing random people and Laurie being paranoid.
This is the basic plot summary. Some genius decided that the greatest idea in the world would be to transfer Michael Myers on a bus. He unsurprisingly escapes. The police find out about this, but instead of telling people a crazed serial killer is on the loose they decide to handle it themselves and not tell anyone. It just happens to be Halloween. Michael Myers then goes around killing random people not worry about Laurie until he happens to stumble across her. Plus Laurie's paranoid for an hour and a half. Throw in a poor plot twist and a forced subplot that's immediately dropped and forgotten, and you basically got this film.
Halloween had the potential to possibly be a classic, but some poor decisions led to this being a very disappointing film. It really lacks atmosphere and tension. I thought the final fight between Laurie and Michael was very underwhelming. Everything that made the original a classic just seems to be thrown out the window in favor of clichés. I thought the middle really dragged. The comic relief was timed very poorly. It lacks any type of scares, and ultimately I found it very underwhelming.
Again it's not a terrible film, but very disappointing.
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