THE THREE-POINT FILM REVIEW: GREEN ROOM
Jeremy Saulnier's latest is an incredibly well-made, truly terrifying film. Highly recommended, but definitely NOT for the squeamish. Another genre film instant-classic from the company that brought us Under The Skin, Ex Machina, and The Witch; the mighty A24.
- •Plausible scenario = even more unsettling filmThere's no suspension of disbelief, no logic that you need to toss out the window, no supernatural stuff, no deus ex machina. This could happen. A punk band could end up in a venue run by white supremacists. And shit could hit the fan. And things could play out as unfortunately as they do here.
- •Masterclass in ratcheting up tensionSubjectivity! The sound in this film is 💯. It traps us, the audience, in the green room with the protagonists. What's on the other side of the door? We can't see it, but we can hear and feel it: muffled hardcore music, the growling of attack dogs, mayhem. Editing and camera play an important role in this respect as well — what we are and are not shown makes us even more anxious about what's to come. @vanessariegel gripped my hand SO hard while we watched, and THAT's effective filmmaking.
- •Patrick StewartAlways a pleasure to see this genius playing a role other than mutant or space captain. In this film he operates at his most low-key, bringing humanity to a truly evil character; his Darcy is methodical, pragmatic, never over the top... never a stock bad guy. We can sorta sympathize: even though he is a vile fucker, this is a fucked up situation for him too. And he's just trying to make it end. One of the best performances of his career.