A24 have become a genre in itself. Probably THE production company that are known for disturbing movies but also offer movies that are very indie and surreal. But recently, more and more releases have been on the verge of becoming almost.. Hollywood? I don’t know how to explain the feeling but that is just my personal comment it’s not a critic of anything. ANYWAYS, so I always liked horror movies by A24 company and with a title like MEN you kind of know what you are getting into. MEN. SO SCARY. And with obvious reasons. Okay, Let’s jump right in!
WHAT I LIKE
The acting was out of this world. The main character Harper played by Jessie Buckley has had lived a traumatizing past with her ex-husband’s death. Wanting to change scenery, she decides to go on a little retreat to the countryside. And there, starts our heroine’s horror journey. Jessie Buckley showed so many range of emotions in this movie that I sincerely think she is going to become one of the greatest actresses of all times. Rory Kinnear playing several characters in this movie just showed how much of a performance it is.
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3 thoughts on “MEN (2022) A24 MOVIE REVIEW”
I think it was kind of inevitable that A24 would become more Hollywood given that’s exactly what happened with Miramax and other scrappy indie companies before them. I don’t like all their films, but their best films are excellent. They’re kind of what the Coen brothers would be if they were a production company; they always swing for the fences and are liable to strike out often, but when they get their ideas to connect, they can absolutely knock it out of the park.
That said, I think I’ll probably pass on Men (or if I do see it, it’ll be on Netflix); Alex Garland has never made a film that has impressed me, and even those who like him seem to agree that this is his weakest effort by a fairly significant margin, which really isn’t a good sign.
On the other hand, Everything Everywhere All At Once was really good. I find A24 is at their best whenever they use their platform to tell stories that would have been ruined (or dampened) by Hollywood studio notes, and that is an example a film whose creators benefited from having complete creative control.
I absolutely loved Everything Everywhere All At Once and still drafting my review haha! I definitely agree with the analogy of the Coen Brothers if they were a production company. I’ll always get excited when a new A24 movie comes out. The rest of the post can be found on my now solo blog at My Dark Theories but what I mentioned is there’s a fair amount of the aspects I didn’t like in MEN that I would not recommend you to go watch it either haha.
I also watched X Movie last month, did you have the chance to see it? What did you think?
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I myself find that when an A24 film is good, it tends to be more of a pleasant surprise than a foregone conclusion. Nonetheless, of their films I like (Everything Everywhere All at Once, Moonlight, Good Time, The Farewell, Waves, and The Disaster Artist), nearly all of them I would rank as one of the best of their respective years (the best in the case of Moonlight). The only exception is The Disaster Artist, which I felt was good, but not “Top 10” worthy. Prior to the 2020s, it was probably their least subversive release, so it wasn’t terribly surprising in hindsight to learn it was indeed more of a mainstream production before A24 got ahold of it.
As I said, I might check this one out if I can catch it on a streaming service so I may review it, but it’s not going to be a high priority.
I also have to admit I’m not terribly enthusiastic about seeing X because I’m not really much of a horror fan. I like horror when it’s used as a flavoring to spice up other genres, and the genre itself works really well in video games, but when it’s the main attraction, I find horror to be rather one-note and boring. Granted, those are just my preferences speaking; I tend to like it more whenever a work has a dynamic quality to it and manages to cover a lot of stylistic ground. Again, if I check it out, it’ll be on a streaming service.