Ready or Not

Ready or Not ★★★½

"Fucking rich people!"

In my case, Ready or Not is the "it's so nice to see you again!" film of 2019. It's chock full of people I adore and haven't seen in what feels like ages. First and foremost is certified Scream Queen Samara Weaving (if she wasn't one already after the sugar rush fever dream that is The Babysitter, she certainly is after this) who is utterly winning as our incredulous audience proxy. Weaving is flanked by none other than our very own Seth Cohen (who is aging marvelously, by the way), Halt and Catch Fire's Mark O'brien, and the one and only Andie McDowell.

Even out of all of these dynamic folks, however, I am most thrilled about Henry Czerny who does some sensational character work here and was easily my favorite part about this easy-to-love flick. I've been a fan of Czerny's since Revenge (in which he stole and chewed every single one of his scenes with aplomb) and I'm honestly giddy to see him here. I hope this gives him the exposure he needs to land more work worthy of his talents.

The film itself is a blast that just flies by you. It's gory, demented, has a bit of mean streak, and knows who to play its audience like a blood-soaked fiddle. If you've seen the trailer, you know exactly what you're in for. Thankfully, we also get some welcome surprises along the way.

Better yet, this a genuinely funny yarn that embraces its batshit crazy ideas and carries them across the finish line with a playful flourish. It likely won't be considered a horror breakout but, frankly, it doesn't have to be. This is a self-aware movie that taps into everything from the horrors we common folk just know the 1% are up to behind closed doors to immediately relatable commitment anxiety.

Summer at the multiplex is sadly starting to wind down but if this has anything to say about it, it's going to be a howling conclusion. Ready or not, strap yourself in because you're bound to have a grand time.

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