The Night House

The Night House ★★★★½

Heriditary meets Babadook meets Invisible Man meets another movie I can't say because it'd be a spoiler.

Rebecca Hall is a powerhouse of an actor. David Bruckner directs the hell out of this movie. Idk when he turned into a great director, but I had him pretty much written off. Lovett's score, the diegetic use of the Richard and Linda Thompson song and the unbelievable sound design of this movie. It's so perfectly done. Yet the movie also knows the right times to shut up and be silent.

And the script has so much care to individual scenes. One with a group of friends in a bar. One with a mother of a student approaching Hall's character. One with Hall and a woman who had a possible affair with Hall's now deceased husband. It's written with a precision to maintain believability, realism, character development and excitement within the moment. Every conversation I was worried we'd see the seams start to come apart on a filmmaker who is reaching over his head and trying to be smarter than he can, yet he keeps it all together.

Film has such a unique ability to put us in the perspective of another. Whether what they're seeing or feeling is real or not is less important than believing it's real to them. We feel empathy by stepping out of ourselves and into another. People may want to know why films have to be depressing since film is for escape. But escape can be into someone else who needs us. Who is being tormented by ways we can only understand with the power of perception. And Night House is that unique film that makes me want to reach out to others and ask them if they're okay and if talking can help their perception, I am available

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