Good, Bad & Ugly Reviews: The Guest

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 91% (Critics) / 80% (Audience)
Directed By: Adam Wingard
Written By: Simon Barrett
Starring: Dan Stevens, Sheila Kelley, Maika Monroe and Lance Reddick
Studio: Picturehouse Films
Synopsis: A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence. – (Source)

The Good:
I really enjoyed the ambiguity of the identity of David and his reasons for insinuating himself into the Peterson family’s lives. Dan Stevens also was really good at turning from a stand-up, straight laced All-America boy into a dark and menacing figure while still maintaining a certain gleam in his eye that was scarier than if he went full blown crazy.
Director Adam Wingard also manged to walk a fine line that kept this movie completely modern while still imbuing it with a very retro 80s aesthetic.
And I really loved the musical choices in this film.

The Bad:
I have to admit to having multiple theories in my head as to David’s true identity but ended up being a bit disappointed with what the movie ultimately decided upon. It was not a bad reveal per se but it was just a bit of a letdown to me.

The Ugly:
The third act became a bit too “by the numbers” for my tastes.

Final Verdict: A fun, quirky horror/action/thriller hybrid that features some inventive directing by Adam Wingard (who is becoming a favorite of mine) and a truly gung-ho performance against type by Dan Stevens in the lead role make THE GUEST a really interesting film that entertains even after things take a bit of a disappointing turn in the latter part of the movie.

Grade: B-

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