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Austin Burke’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
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This film simultaneously frustrated and entertained me. It’s a feeling unlike anything else in 2020 so far, because the craft is absolutely there. Alison Brie gives a great performance, and there is nothing that makes you think this film is going to go as crazy as it ends up going in that third act. The first act almost feels like a Romantic-Comedy, and then you discover that her obsession with the fact that she could be “a clone” takes her to the edge of her sanity. It also plants seeds/ideas in her head that take away from any relationship she has been building up throughout the film. Everyone around her is probably more sympathetic than they should be; as no one really offered to help (at first). Her relationships include more toleration than genuine interaction, but that is because of how quirky/awkward she is as a person.
This is absolutely okay, as there are plenty of individuals that struggle (socially) in real-life, but it’s much more than that with Horse Girl. This film goes completely off the rails; which ended up being quite entertaining. The effort to make something special is present, but the execution just wasn’t all there. It has a Donnie Darko feel to it; which is why a rewatch could be interesting for some. It isn’t one I will likely rewatch, because it had a tendency to drag quite a bit. It’s also just way too odd to recommend. I love when a film makes you think, and this definitely does that with the ending, but it doesn’t mean I have to love the experience. The ending just didn’t work. It feels like a confirmed resolution, but we’re still unsure as to what was happening in her head and what wasn’t. The open-ended element was nice, but it felt so off when you think about where we were headed earlier. It’s definitely worth it if your curiosity is peaked, but it did not bring it home for me.
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