This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Pharaonoiah’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
I FUCKING LOVE JAMES WAN!!!
This film should not have worked: the plot on the surface is rather ridiculous (ok, read: a LOT ridiculous); outside of Annabelle Wallis being quite affecting and Maddie Hasson in her Florence Pugh-ness being undeniably likable, the acting is nothing to really write home about though it's thankfully never bad; and some of the film's elements recall De Palma's Sisters a bit too starkly after the reveal (which somehow I did not see coming???).
And yet, for all that and despite a first 30 minutes that is rather tepid especially for a James Wan film, Malignant eventually crosses so swiftly and shockingly from absurdity to brilliance that it literally left me bug eyed. What more can you want from a film but for it to keep you glued to what's happening onscreen?
What a riveting film. Absolutely unhinged, balls to the walls, and a lot of heart went into it, and it possibly has one of the most exciting final 30 minutes run ever. Whew, this was too much. I FUCKING LOVE JAMES WAN!!!