Bodies Bodies Bodies

Bodies Bodies Bodies ★★½

premise: what starts off as a friend reunion, carried by noticeably stilted dialogue, descents into absolute chaos when one of them is found dead while they’re playing the titular game “bodies bodies bodies”. 

what follows is a pretty bland one-location whodunnit. it takes its time to sneak in mostly cringe jabs at twitter and gen z, sprinkled with some therapy dialect, which only deflate what could’ve otherwise been tense moments of conflict. at one point there’s like 12 buzzwords thrown around in a span of minutes, which admittedly made me laugh due to the sheer ridiculousness of it all. yeah, this is supposed to be satirical, but it’s not particularly intelligent in its execution?

other than that, the movie does not have anything fresh to offer on a structural and visual level as the characters just run around from one room to the other in complete darkness, while being filmed with a shaky handheld camera (we need this technique banned, i think). i didn’t feel invested in anyone’s fate. and while i understand its intention, the twist that seems to have won reviewers over felt like a slap in the face to me.

positives: rachel sennott steals the show. i could see her doing good with witty meta commentary in a “SCREAM” movie.

A24 continues to be a mixed bag, and this film’s of-its-time gimmick will likely not hold up well.

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