Scream VI

Scream VI ★★★

As mentioned, my relationship with the Scream franchise has been odd, but I was vaguely interested in the latest sequel. By taking Ghostface to college in this "requel" (a joke in the film), Scream VI offers possibilities for fun and surprises. Except for the last twist, much of Scream VI is unfortunately predictable, but directors Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin craft intense set pieces when the formula suffers. When jokes fall flat and uninspired twists happen, the ensemble is engaging for their specific archetypes. Many have complimented the film's ability to develop pathos from tragedy, yet some deaths feel more forced than others. When one sees a romantic moment or a character heavily crying, one recalls the original screenwriter's origins in television soap operas. Still, Scream VI is a satisfying way to pass the time, but it could be much more than it is.

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