TCF Review: Award Worthy/Brainiac/Dark (see definitions).
ITOET is written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, a filmmaker who is otherwise known for Adaptation, Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Anomalisa. I recommend watching ITOET if you have enjoyed (or appreciated) any of these award nominated films. ITOET is based on the 2016 novel of the same name written by Iain Reid. Jessie Buckley and Jesse Plemons both put on an all-star performance in this 2 hr 14 min dark, horror-drama about a young woman taking a road trip to meet her boyfriend’s parents at their remote farm during a snowstorm. Sound scary? Yes and no. The movie is a slow burn, tension-building thriller which evolves primarily through the character dialogue and cinematography. Think of it more as an ‘artsy’ or Art House style film. It feels poetic.
What is good? Jessie B. and Jesse P. put on academy award worthy performances. The sharp and poetic dialogue/narration. Refreshing for a horror movie.
What is bad? If you don’t like ‘artsy’, stay away. This movie is built on the dialogue so stay away if you’re not in the mood for listening.