Trick 'r Treat

Trick 'r Treat ★★½

It's no masterpiece, and it could've been alot better if it accepted this. A fun, carefree window into Halloween night is what this loosely anthology styled movie certainly has to offer, and through this scope it's an entertaining horror film, but it poses as some revolutionary construct that has perfectly embodied the spirit of Halloween, with a grand orchestral score pounding over rather flat and underwhelming plot twists, and dialogue that speaks a language of authority about the 'rules' of Halloween, scattered among the pages of a largely emotionless script... Waiting for the 'modern classic Halloween-embodying' payoff of these great promises is what I feel makes this film fizzle towards it's ending. If it hadnt taken it's self ascribed 'legacy' so seriously, the comedy would've felt at home, the stories would've been more fun to follow, and the links between them would've added to the festivity of the film; this was there, but only in the moments where the mould of the film is broken, such as Brian Cox, delivering few lines, and none pretentious, just giving a great performance and tugging on the most interesting plotline the film establishes, without the unnecessary theatrics that the other subplots all fall flat on.
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Overall I will say that it's an enjoyable movie and I think I'll come around to it more with a re-watch, perhaps next Halloween, where my expectations are at a more natural level fit for the film, and I'm not expecting any of the twists or philosophies to be as life-changing as they are set up to be. Some good laughs and memorable characters, delivering funny lines, with decent kills, stylish creatures, and comical killers are all features of this movie; watching this through the relaxed lens of a popcorn horror film that isn't taking itself too seriously is the best way to enjoy it.