Hereditary

Hereditary ★★★★

The Muriel’s Wedding sequel I've always dreamed of.

I'm pretty much off of Twitter at this point. Are we having the discussion about the depiction of mental conditions in this film? I personally don't think it needs to be had, but I know that was a topic around Split at the beginning of the year. While I sympathize with people that found that depiction "problematic", I didn't have that response in that film either. I think it is equally troublesome in this film, if not more.

The story opens with the funeral of a matriarch, who we quickly learns suffered from dementia and other brain related issues. We also learn pretty quickly that these issues have long ran through the family.

We spend most of our time in this film watching how unreliable narrators deal with grief. The beauty of this film is the inability to understand what is real and what isn't. Reality is like an electron. You have to assume it is both everywhere and nowhere at the same time.

The craft of the filmmaking, and the elegance of the script make this a must see. But it is the performances that really propel this film into something special. Every performance is perfectly calculated and working together to communicate the story as seamlessly as possible.

My only real complaint is that I feel like they overuse the mouth "knocking" noise. It is chilling at first, and then the first time it comes from an unknown or unsuspected source, it is terrifying. Then they go back to that well too many times. The final click would have had so much more resonance with me if it had not been watered down.

Finally, the miniature's that are being made throughout the film, along with the architecture in the film, made me think that this may be what a Wes Anderson horror film might look like. They also added to that sense of not being able to know what was real and what wasn't.