I wouldn't say this is GOOD, exactly, but I did ENJOY it, so, you know.
I wrote a piece for the Washington Post that gets into the film and the various controversies surrounding it. That piece is here. Please read it!
This essay was initially 1,700 words long and my editor did a very good job of trimming it down so it could be eligible for the print edition. One thing we lost was an extended bit on Netflix's culpability for the drama surrounding this movie. I'd like to include some of that deleted…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Did Cliff do it?
Murder his wife, I mean. There's an intentional ambiguity to the question, an open-endedness. After all, we never see him pull the trigger on that speargun, even if we see his finger curled around it in violation of gun safety etiquette. Kurt Russell's character seems to think he did, as do others on the set of THE GREEN HORNET. Rick, on the other hand, brushes that aside as nonsense. An unfair pejorative slapped on a war…
Imagine feeding a million woke tweets into an AI and then getting that AI drunk on White Claw and then forcing it to write a script and you have some idea of the BLACK CHRISTMAS experience.
It’s just dramatically inert, with buzzword-laden screeds in the place of dialogue (“not all men” and Camille Paglia get angry shout outs, so you know it was written by someone who is Very On Twitter), a PG-13 rating neutering any chance of being terrified…