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Thomas 🎄’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
Ghostface was SO UNHINGED in this and I fucking loved it.
I love how they’re playing with Sam’s mental health. Is it a loose thread to take advantage of in a sequel, or just justification for how gruesome she is? Time will tell.
Chad and Tara? I love it. I kinda wish Chad had stayed dead though.
I’m really sorry, I don’t care about Kirby at all, she could’ve stayed dead too, but she made for a great plot device.
Gale’s scene was so badass, that is the most Gale that Gale has ever been. They earned the right to keep her alive.
They really tricked me into thinking they were trying to make Wayne the new Dewey. The family reveal was fantastic, the most earned reveal since the original.
Jenna fucking Ortega, Jasmin Savoy Brown as the new Randy, and Ghostface going batshit in a bodega?
I loved this.
Ok real review here:
The first sequel that dares to do anything different with the formula. Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett are to Scream what Rian Johnson thought he was going to be to Star Wars. A desperately needed change of scenery, real stakes, and the ability to challenge the formula without disrespecting it. This was a riot.
The real wonder though is James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick following up the elevated but mostly by the books Scream script with this subversive entry. A feat made rare by our franchise infested film industry, Vanderbilt and Busick have come up with stories worth telling that stand out against the AI generated nostalgia bait we’ve succumbed to.
I really do believe they’re honoring Wes’ legacy with these movies. They’re working really hard to prove they should be trusted to helm these films. I can’t remember the last reboot sequel that made me excited for another sequel. Actually I do, it was 2018’s Halloween, but we all know how that turned out.