At the very beginning of the film, we are shown representatives of the wealthy Le Domas family, who, wearing masks and armed, are chasing a young man dressed in a wedding tailcoat through a huge family mansion. Two of the Le Domas children, the older Daniel and the younger Alex, are present as the man is killed.
Time has passed. Alex (Mark O’Brien) has grown up and left his parents’ house. He met a wonderful girl named Grace (Samara Weaving). She is an orphan, does not know her parents, was brought up in foster families. And then she met Alex, and, of course, she really wanted to marry him and enter the large and, we note, terribly rich Le Domas family. Alex loves Grace very much, but for unknown reasons, he is in no hurry to marry her. However, he realizes that if he waits too long, then Grace will leave him, so in the end he proposes to her and they come to marry at the Le Domas mansion.
Alex warns Grace that his relatives are very peculiar people, but the girl wants to become a full-fledged member of the family so much that she is ready to do everything to please them.
The wedding and wedding dinner went well, and Grace is already looking forward to her wedding night, but Alex informed her that they need to go downstairs to a special room where only family members are allowed and play one game there. The Le Domas family made a fortune playing board games, so this tradition is very important to them. Winning is optional, says Alex, the main thing is to participate.
The whole family gathers in the hall: the head of the family, Tony (Henry Czerny), his wife Becky (Andie MacDowell), daughter Emily (Melanie Scrofano) with her husband Fitch (Christian Bruun), son Daniel (Adam Brodie) with his wife Charity (Elyse Leveque) and Aunt Helen (Nikki Guadagni). Grace is briefly introduced to the essence of the matter: the tradition must be carried out rigorously. Here is the box received by Victor Le Domas from a certain Le Bail, to whom the family owes all their fortune. There is a special deck in the box, from which each new member of the family must draw a card and play this game.
Grace draws a Hide and Seek card. Tony explains that the girl must hide in the mansion, all family members will look for her, and she must hold out until dawn. At the same time, Grace is not told the main thing: this card means that she must be killed before dawn, otherwise all family members will die.
I was told about this film both in the comments to the review of the completely crazy black-humor action movie “The Hunt”, and in the comments to the recent review of the good black-humor action movie “Day of the Trigger”. True, they told me, “I’m going to look for” – this is not an action movie, but actually a pure slasher, but also very black humor.
I just don’t like slashers and all sorts of horror films, but I really like black humor ones. The recent “The Hunt” is, of course, a complete brilliance, and “The Cabin in the Woods” from the same series is an excellent film. So I decided to “I’m going to look for” look.
The original title of the painting, Ready or Not, is a reference to the closing words of an old hide-and-seek song that Tony puts on just as Grace goes to hide. The song ends with the words Ready or not, here I come. So the name “I’m going to look for” is, in my opinion, quite successful.
In general, I expected that this was such a more or less classic slasher, where the bride (well, the wife is already, the wife, yes) suddenly became dumbfounded and went to carry all this family shobla-fucking around the back streets, using a wide variety of types of cold and hot weapons, including very hotter. By the way, this idea was suggested by the cover, where the bride (well, the wife is already, the wife, yes, but I like to call her the bride) was shown with an old gun in her hands and with a tape of cartridges (hello, sailor Zheleznyak, but you are not quoted, sailor Zheleznyak, here the caliber is not at all the same) the caliber is somewhere like that for elephants or mammoths. Such a caliber, I thought, would surely make a hole the size of the Mariana Trench in vile antagonists, and at the same time destroy at least a quarter of the old estate.
Moreover, I note that I would have nothing against something like that: in the end, we have before our eyes quite worthy examples like “Kill Bill”, where the Bride successfully fought for her human dignity, which, of course, was vilely violated .
But here – not so, no, which, I note, and good. Because the Bride is here (we agreed that I have the right to call her that, because I just want to), although she actively fought for the survival of brides per square meter of territory, she didn’t get any better! And she was just fighting for her life. And her portrait on the cover in the form of a sailor Zheleznyak (with a completely different, of course, caliber) is just a snag!
Therefore, the film turned out even more interesting than I expected. The bride herself was very good and determined to still survive until dawn, but she could not even incapacitate the head of the security service of the Stevens mansion (John Ralston), so there was no wrapping here. “There was a struggle for life,” as a character from a completely different, and very bad film, said cryptically, and this is true.
The bride was played by Samara Weaving (by the way, Hugo Weaving’s niece), whom I had only seen in an episodic role in the excellent film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and I didn’t remember her at all, but here she is very good! And just besh-sh-sh-shenot reminded me eight years ago of Margot Robbie from The Wolf of Wall Street. She played well, but her role was quite difficult: a sudden encirclement would be easier to play – cut yourself left and right – and then try to go through all these trials without having any serious combat skills. And Samara did a great job with it.
Fucking family – different from the first to the last character. Tony’s dad was played by Henry Czerny, whom I remember well from his bright role as the stepfather of the main character from the Sharp Objects series. Tony fully felt like the guardian of the family hearth and was determined to finish off this damn Bride, because the only way to avoid the death of the whole family. Yes, he made strategic miscalculations, for which in the end he paid, but in his face we see a steady adherence to true family values, which, as Bublik the cat quite rightly noted, cannot be ignored!
His wife Becky, who also does not question Le Domas family values, was played by Andy – “When you sit in the snow, you look like an angel” – McDowell, and for this many thanks, because there is a complete breakdown of the stereotype! Andy has never played such a role and it was very interesting to see how she portrays a character like this, and she did it very well!
Of the family team, the eldest son Daniel, played by Adam Brody, is also interesting. Of course, we blame him for the fact that alcohol is more attractive to him than family values, but it is clear that his attitude to the unshakable values of the family was completely outrageous, for which he, in fact, suffered.
But Alex, the newly-made husband – he was played by Mark O’Brien – was not particularly liked: he didn’t shine at least with some kind of charisma. And Bublik and I didn’t believe him at all, to be honest.
With humor, everything is very good here: how the family clings to old traditions with all its might, and how it understands that it is quite acceptable to use modern technologies, and how Fitch searches YouTube for videos with tips on using a crossbow, and how it all ends up ends. Everything is solid, neat, spectacular and, importantly, has a clear moral. And not just one.
There are several conclusions that you can draw from this film.
Conclusion one. Family traditions must be respected! Even if you don’t believe in them!
Second conclusion. Sometimes divorce is the best way out.
Conclusion the third. Drugs are a terrible evil! Look what this junkie Emily has done!
Conclusion four. If the family you’re going to join looks like a bunch of complete fuckers, then you better not join there, honestly!
Well, see what a good movie?!! And look interesting and exciting, and there is a serious morality. I am glad that I saw this picture, it made me think about many things.
I go looking / Ready or Not movie review
Director: Matthew Bettinelli, Tyler Gillette Cast: Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O’Brien, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell, Melanie Scrofano, Christian Bruun, Elise Levesque, Nikki Guadagni, John Ralston
Black humor slasher, USA-Canada, 2019, 95 min.