THOROUGHBREDS

★★★★½

Starring Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin, Paul Sparks, Kaili Vernoff
Directed by Cory Finley
2018 / 92 Minutes / Universal Pictures / Focus Features

Review by Brent

I want to start this review off praising Olivia Cooke. Her performance here is fantastic! In fact everything I’ve seen her in (Me, Earl & The Dying Girl) she has been terrific! Her performance in Thoroughbreds is remarkable and completely award worthy (even though sadly this will long be forgotten come award season next year). She’s absolutely deserving of the recognition for this interesting and haunting character… and film.

Two upper-class teenage girls living in the suburbs rekindle their friendship after years. Together, they hatch a plan to solve both of their problems-no matter what the cost. The movie straddles the dark comedy world while also being a very eerie and disturbing drama, and it works. While there’s nothing really new or groundbreaking with the story, it succeeds in the way first time director Cory Finley tells it. I loved the style of this! The long shots, the haunting percussion score and the subtle performances blew me away. I’m absolutely impressed this is a first feature for Finley. I’m looking forward to his next film if this is the kind of quality and style he makes. He’s definitely one to watch.

Thoroughbreds is a subtle unique thrill that does everything you could want in a movie. It entertains, it makes you laugh, it creeps you the hell out! When it was over I felt uncomfortable and disturbed, but also very fulfilled by an absolutely engrossing and engaging ride. The two leads (Cooke and Taylor-Joy) push this movie even further and their performances are the reason that it succeeds. The late Anton Yelchin in his last role is also remarkable and it’s sad what an incredible actor we have lost. He may not be a lead in this, but in his time he made a memorable impact in this.

I was surprised by Thoroughbreds and I hope that it finds an audience. It has cult status written all over it in the same vein as Heathers. I hope that it gets the same respect as it is completely deserving. 2018 is turning out to be a great year for movies if this is how we’re starting out. Get out and see this you won’t be disappointed!

Grade A-

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